These have to be the most versatile veggie out there. You can make anything with them from sweets to savory.
They can be easily camouflaged into meals or dishes to add vitamins and healthiness and no one will be the wiser! So many people say they don't like zucchini. WHAT isn't to like???? It takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with - so the flavor is ever changing.
I love breaded and fried zucchini slices or spears. They do develop a taste all their own. YUM
I told you over the weekend that I did 'refrigerator' pickles and faux jalapeno with zucchini. Super easy
They bottom pic is a half gallon jar of jalapenos I had. Added chopped zucchini to that to absorb that heat and goodness. Again, will use in salads, add to cooking and use in any way I would jalapenos.
There are so many yummy recipes out there for zucchini. I have made so many things with them.
I have canned faux pineapple
Shredded and used in simple jelly recipes to make 'jam'
Stir fry of all types
Add to soups and stews (fresh and frozen)
I have dehydrated
I like to slice/spear and bread - lay on a pan and freeze. Bag and you can have fried zucchini all winter (do the same with green tomatoes) - make sure you add to oil frozen to prevent them from going mush!
I add them raw to salads - great in pasta salads or with tomato and onion and dressing
I make zoodles (instead of spaghetti) and thinly slice and use in lasagna
I have made 'apple' pies using zucchini instead of apples
Of course there is bread, muffins, and cakes and cookies
I love zucchini boats
Zucchini can be used in so many ways with or without meat. I think they make a great substitute for meat and many vegetarians use a lot of zucchini.
I like to grate and add to ground turkey or pork or beef. Great extender and adds vitamins.
You can make 'meat' balls with just zucchini and no meat.
Zucchini fritters are yummy - I made last week and they were dinner! No meat one day - just wonderfully tasty fritters.
Easy Zucchini Meatballs
3 medium zucchini - grated and 'juiced' (remove liquid)
1/2 tsp. salt, 1.4 tsp. pepper
2 cloves garlic
basil to taste
1 egg - slightly beaten
1 C Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
Mix zucchini pulp and other ingredients together and form into small balls. Place on a parchment lined baking pan and freeze for 1/2 - 1 hour (turn halfway through).
Fry in oil or bake in a 350* oven until done. Serve with marinara sauce.
Most of us grate zucchini and measure and freeze for future bread and muffins. IF you have someone who isn't thrilled about seeing ANY zucchini particles in their goodies - here is another idea.
Just blend up the zucchini completely - milk it - it will be a thick liquid. Measure and freeze as normal - and use the entire amount in your recipe. Makes it easy to add a healthy ingredient to any cake or muffins or bread recipe or ANY recipe (use instead of water).
There are just no limits to using this very versatile ingredient. Your imagination in your only limitation.
I have a recipe book of 500 recipes using zucchini!!!!! It is many years old and not in production any more (sadly). Granted many recipes are versions of the same - but there are so many good ideas.
Zucchini is a veggie that grows and produces profusely. It is amazing how much product you can get from 1 seed!
Remember that it takes on the flavor of anything that it is cooked with - so can be used in many, many ways.
Adds nutrients and vitamins to your meals.
So versatile and easy to use.