All about Zucchini

I love zucchini and during the summer there is an abundance this fresh vegetable. You can find them in different sizes.  I like mine in a medium size and a darker green yet firm.  I have noticed the smaller zucchini are sweeter in flavor and the super large ones do tend to taste bitter.

Zucchini can be consumed raw or cooked and there are so many ways to enjoy and I will share my recipes with you for anytime!

 

You may find zucchini and summer squash together at the farmers markets or your local grocery store and that is because they do fall under the same family.

Did you know that 1 cup of chopped or sliced zucchini is under 20 calories.  According to the American Heart Association zucchini is good for your heart.

Did you know you can enjoy the blossoms - here is my fried zucchini squash blossoms recipe

Being Italian pasta is a family go-to!  Now I use zucchini to make pasta with my spiral slicer or you can use a mandolin or even your vegetable peeler.  Just sauté in a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.  So delicious.  I recently made a Baby kale and pea pesto with my zucchini noodles.  Delicious.

I store my zucchini  in the refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel then placed in a plastic page.  I noticed a good 3-4 days the zucchini stay fresh and firm.

Zucchini are at their best during the summer. They 
are ideal sautéed, baked, roasted, or grilled to highlight their delicate texture, but also take well to simmering in soups, quick-steaming, frying, or gentle, slow cooking to bring out their sweetness. Sliced or grated raw, zucchini are excellent in fresh salads and on antipasto plates.

To prepare you zucchini simply rinse with cold water and slice off the ends.  Now you can slice, chop, shred or turn into noodles.  If a recipe suggests to remove excess water after cutting (per recipe) place in a colander and lightly salt then let sit for about 20 minutes.  Sometimes I cover with a kitchen towel.

Here are the zucchini recipes you can find here on my blog!

Zucchini, Sweet Potato and Tomato Frittata

Zucchini and Tomato Egg Scramble

Roasted Vegetable and Zucchini Noodle Frittata

Italian Zucchini Chips

Zucchini Paleo Fries with Sriracha Mayo

Zucchini Flan

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini, Tomato, Parsley

Zucchini Soft Tortilla Shells

Thyme and Dijon Mustard with a Vegetable Bolognese

Summer Chicken Kabobs

Sauteed Zucchini and Spinach Pasta

Beef Stuffed Heirloom Round Zucchini

Paleo Zucchini Cookies