Zucchini is more versatile than we give it credit for. You can use it in savory dishes, or shred it up and add it into quick breads. It’s necessary to enjoy this wonderful vegetable. Here are 15 lovely zucchini recipes to help you celebrate. Don’t forget to find these zucchini recipes and many others on our Food Monster App!
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1. Zucchini Basil Pesto Lasagna
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Zucchini, cashew cheese, basil pesto, and tomatoes are all combined together to create an explosion of flavor. Combining the fresh crunch of the zucchini and tomatoes, with the creaminess of the cashew cheese and the pesto creates a hearty filling meal of Zucchini Basil Pesto Lasagna by Amanda Smith for everyone.
2. Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
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3. Zucchini Cakes
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Make these Zucchini Cakes by Diane Smith for a party appetizer, lunch snack or even side dish for dinner. It’s unique to serve at gatherings because we’ve all seen those spinach balls at parties. Well, these zucchini cakes are healthier and tastier and your guests would really appreciate something different to snack on.
4. Arugula Pesto and Zucchini on Rye Toast
A delicious open-face sandwich layered with tangy lime/arugula pesto sauce, sliced avocado and sautéed zucchini on rye toast. This Arugula Pesto and Zucchini on Rye Toast by Marie Reginato that sneaks in extra greens – perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
5. Zucchini Date Muffins
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These Zucchini Date Muffins by What the Health, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn with Eunice Wong are not the most traditional blend of ingredients, but they come together to make a delicious breakfast pastry. We highly recommend these delicious muffins for a creative and tasty breakfast.
6. Zucchini Brown Rice Arancini
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Looking for a new hors d’ouvre? This Zucchini Brown Rice Arancini appetizer by Tori Cooper is a creative dish to serve at your next get-together. They resemble falafels, but actually contain a delicious center of creamy almond milk rice risotto with zucchini, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and garlic.
7. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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8. Zucchini and Broccoli Soup
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Try out this flavour packed Zucchini and Broccoli Soup by Maryke Wylde. There is a hint of mint and parsley. Some crunchy red cabbage sliced thinly adds some crunch and a squeeze of lemon on top before serving makes this so fresh and tasty! The trick to this is to blitz half the soup and then put it back in with the rest of the ingredients. Good for freezing if you make a big batch.
9. Spanish Artichoke and Zucchini Paella
What is paella, you ask? It’s a traditional Spanish Artichoke and Zucchini Paella by Kinda Vegan, Adams Media , served as a main course, that originated in the province of Valencia. This take on the beloved favorite has turmeric in it rather than saffron (because that stuff is expensive!).
10. Baked Zucchini Fries
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Try not to thank yourself after you bake this incredibleBaked Zucchini Fries by Kinda Vegan, Adams Media . Really, should we even call it a substitute? How about new, fantastic, love of your life? These fries mimic your traditional fast-food favorites, but they are also healthy, crunchy, and packed with the nutritional benefits of olive oil. Heart-stopping—in a good way.
11. Zucchini Chickpea Fritters
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These Zucchini Chickpea Fritters by Charanya Ramakrishnan are probably the fastest, yummiest zucchini chickpea fritters you can make. They’re very simple and unbelievably fluffy without any baking powder. Filled with protein rich chickpeas and pan fried to golden brown, these fritters are delicious served with some hummus or your favorite sauce. You’ll want to make an extra batch of these fritters because they’re great for dinners, as well as on-the-go snacks. Zucchini chickpea fritters are going to be a hit with everyone who tries them!
12. Raw Zucchini Tomato Lasagna With Cashew Herb Cheese
Yum yum yum! Healthy and delicious! Try this creamy lasagna, its so easy to make! This Raw Zucchini Tomato Lasagna With Cashew Herb Cheese by Emily von Euw is a must-make!
13. Zucchini Garlic Cakes with Corn Salsa, Smoky Tomato Sauce and Pumpkin Seeds
Zucchini has become a favorite food. Since its flavor, texture and color are not particularly intense, you can turn it into so many different things. Here we use them as a base for Zucchini Garlic Cakes with Corn Salsa, Smoky Tomato Sauce and Pumpkin Seeds by Rawsome Superfoods, Emily von Euw, which pair wonderfully with a tangy salad and sauce. Spinach is a great source of iron, vitamin K and carotenoids (vitamin A), which are necessary for blood health; and all the spices in this recipe have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
14. Grilled Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad With Toasted Pepitas and Lemon Mint Dressing
This Grilled Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad With Toasted Pepitas and Lemon Mint Dressing by Viktoria Radichkova is loaded with grilled zucchini, corn and onions, bursts with sweet and citrus flavors, and fresh mint aroma. The roasting intensifies the sweetness of the onions and corn, which complement each other, and the slight charred flavors they get from the grill. The freshness of the lemon and mint cuts through, and brightens the overall flavors. And for substance there is cooked quinoa and salty, crunchy, toasted pepitas. It’s not only quite delicious, but filling and satisfying too. It keeps well in the fridge, and you can just freshen it up with more lemon juice and mint the next day.
15. Zucchini Noodles with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Tahini Chickpea Cakes
Pesto is an important part of life, and you absolutely do not need Parmesan cheese to make it taste amazing. A good pesto is full of fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and nuttiness from pine nuts or whatever other fatty nut or seed you like. For this Zucchini Noodles with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Tahini Chickpea Cakes by Rawsome Superfoods, Emily von Euw, you can use a mix of Brazil nuts (very high in selenium), pistachios and pumpkin seeds. Zucchini noodles are a popular component to many raw dishes, but feel free to use whatever pasta you want. Zucchini noodles just make for a lighter, more hydrating meal.
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