Healthy Zucchini-Based Recipes
Looking for a healthy food to stock up on? Try zucchini!
This humble squash is a versatile and nutrient-packed veggie. It’s a great source of potassium, fiber, iron, zinc and antioxidants. When looking for the perfect zucchini, choose one with a rich color and no soft spots. Zucchinis with long stems attached are likely to stay fresh longer.
Zucchini is most popular during the summer months, but stays in season through October. These functional vegetables can be substituted into many different recipes. This helps kids who normally may not enjoy eating their vegetables to chow down on them without even knowing. Zucchini not only tastes great, but has a lot of health benefits, including helping to prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and various infections.
Check out these unique zucchini-based recipes below to learn some delicious ways to incorporate zucchini into everyday dishes.
This dish is a delicious family favorite. You can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. This flavorful pie is not only tasty, but it’s also packed with nutrients. Zucchini contains high amounts of manganese, which can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as vitamin C, which can help lower blood pressure. While this recipe is good right out of the oven, it also is great for leftovers on the go.
French fries are a common side for many people. While they taste great, they aren’t the healthiest. This zucchini-based french fry recipe lets you enjoy the flavor fulfillment of fries with half the calories. One cup of sliced zucchini contains only about 19 calories. On top of low calories, zucchinis are also loaded with fiber which can lower cholesterol naturally. Try this delicious dish as a healthier alternative to traditional fries.
Just because you’re watching your calorie intake doesn’t mean you must give up sweets. This chocolate zucchini brownie recipe, adapted from Yammie’s Noshery, only has 87 calories per brownie. This recipe utilizes healthier ingredients so you can indulge guilt-free.
This dish is great for individuals who want to enjoy traditional lasagna, but without the extra carbs. This recipe replaces normal noodles with zucchini as noodles (commonly referred to as zoodles). The recipe can be prepared with ground turkey or chicken mixed in with the sauce, or can be made completely vegetarian. You and your family will enjoy this flavor-packed meal while also taking in all the health benefits zucchinis offer.
Need more recipes? Check these out:
- Turkey Marinara Sauce with Zoodles
- Zucchini-Carrot Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Garden Meatloaf Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Mash Frosting
Photo credit (feature image): Neil Conway
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