9 Interesting Ways To Use Zucchini (Over 40 Recipes)
Learning Goal: Here you will find 9 interesting ways to use zucchini accompanied by over 40 amazing recipes.
Zucchini is everywhere in the summer. Luckily zucchini is extremely nutritious and delicious.
If you already mastered the basics of cooking zucchini or feel adventurous, this is the place for you.
Zucchini can be used in many interesting and unique ways that can help you get over some of those nasty refined and processed carbohydrate cravings.
1. Substitute Zucchini For Noodles
Zoodles or zucchini noodles is one of my personal favorite ways to use zucchini.
I am a pasta fiend, and this helps quell my craving for spaghetti. Zucchini noodles are not only amazing in Italian dishes, but any type of cuisine that uses noodles such as Thai, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese.
I was first introduced to this concept from the blog Inspiralized.
The recipes on this site looked so amazing that I bought a spiralizer, and every since then I have been turning my way into delicious noodle dishes.
If you are not ready to invest in a spiralizer you can julienne the zucchini with a knife or julienne peeler.
This is one my personal recipes Zoodles With Roasted Bell Pepper and Turkey Marinara
You can also use the noodles in a stir-fry like this Raw Pad Thai from Young and Raw
The zoodles also hold up well in soups like this Lemon Grass Thai Green Curry Soup from Inspiralized
Mac N Cheese moves over, a healthier dish has come into town that is equally delicious.
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake will definitely take the edge off mac N cheese craving
You can also thinly slice a zucchini using a mandoline to use as lasagna noodles
This recipe from Skinny Taste is really easy to follow
This recipe from Say Yes didn’t use a mandoline and is a little chunkier
This recipe from Inspiralized used spiralized noodles on a different setting.
This is a super creative recipe by Cindy Larkin to make Ravioli out of zucchini!
2. Substitute for Bread/Pizza Crush
Zucchini has a solid texture that allows it to hold sandwiches together
These raw zucchini squash and sprouted hummus sandwiches from Yack Attack look like the perfect appetizer with tea
This recipe from Queen of Quinoa uses zucchini as a bun for a turkey slider
This recipe from Damn Delicious uses sliced zucchini rounds as the base for mini pizzas
You can find fatter zucchinis to make bigger pizzas like in this recipe for grilled pizza from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Or you can try pizza sticks
Or you can make zucchini the base for a real pizza crust like this pizza from Kalyn’s Kitchen
3. Have it for breakfast
Did you know that vegetables are supposed to make up half of all your meals…including breakfast!
Zucchini go great with eggs and will help you get those veggies in
Never have just plain scrambled eggs again! Try this grated zucchini with scrambled eggs recipe from the NYTimes
These skillet eggs that start on the stove and move to the oven from The Food Network look so delicious, I want breakfast now!
This egg bake recipe from Shoots and Roots is so rich with goat cheese
This zucchini egg and cheese pie by Altoon Sultan is great for any meal, not just breakfast
Finally, we cannot forget the frittata! This zucchini and chive frittata from Healthy Seasonal Recipes looks professional but is so simple.
4. Roll It
Zucchini’s texture helps it be the perfect roll, either raw or cooked
You can roll zucchini raw, like this Raw Zucchini Sushi Roll recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen
These raw pesto rolls from The Kitchen also look scrumptious
Remember how we used zucchini to make lasagna? Try lasagna rolls!
This is a raw lasagna recipe from Naked Avocado
You can also grill your zucchini rolls like this appetizer recipe from Menu Musing
These baked savory sweet potato and greens stuffed zucchini rolls with bread crumbs by A Whisk and Two Wands look delectable
What you can imagine you can stuff and roll it…leave it raw, grill it, or bake it!
5. Scoop and Stuff Boats
The general idea of these recipes is that zucchini can be easily scooped so that it forms a perfect boat-shaped container for a delicious filling. Thus zucchini can yet again take the place of evil carbs like pasta, tortillas, and bread.
This recipe from Skinny Taste makes Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats look addicting.
Not enough Mexican flavor for you? Try these Mexican Zucchini boats from We Are Not Martha
Remember lasagna…. well here is a lasagna boat here is a recipe from Spice Southern Kitchen
Too much meat? There are vegetarian options!
You can do them Caprese style like this recipe from The Apron Archives
This Creamy Zucchini Boat from Fit Sugar is vegetarian
This recipe from Lucille Roberts has a Greek flair to it.
This Vegan Veggie-filled Zucchini Boat with Parmela Parmesan from Vegan Cuts demonstrates that veggies stuff with veggies can be good.
Need even more veggies? This recipe from Veggie Converter is stuffed to the brim with different vegetables
There are so many delicious zucchini boat recipes out there I think I may have to create another blog article just for those…coming soon.
Zucchini is not only an awesome noodle for soups, but it also can be the base of soups.
This Creamy Basil Zucchini soup recipe from My Recipes looks so comforting
This Vegalicious recipe for Mexican Zucchini Soup will take away any type homesickness.
This End of Summer Zucchini Soup from Cook and Be Merry makes me want a spoon.
This Parmigiano, Garlic, and Zucchini Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe from Garlic Girl looks lick the bowl good
Try making zucchini the star of a salad
This beautiful raw zucchini salad from Ruhl Man look so fresh
This shaved zucchini with parmesan and pine nut salad from Bon Appetit looks like the perfect starter for an Italian dinner
This lemon ricotta zucchini salad from Feasts and Fotos is so pretty it is sure to wow all your dinner guests
This shredded zucchini salad recipe from Cate’s World Kitchen is minty and fresh.
8. Fry It
This is probably the least healthy way to enjoy zucchini but still is not too bad if you go easy on the oil or bake the zucchini instead.
Fried zucchini is an Italian staple, so I would expect Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe to be perfect
These savory zucchini cakes from Life’s Ambrosia make the perfect appetizer
Making zucchini fries is a good way to trick others into eating zucchini if they are averse to green things.
This recipe for zucchini fries from The Chew look fried, but shhh..they are actually baked
9. Bake It
Do you kids (and spouses) hate vegetables?
Trick them into eating them, and then tell them after they gobbled the dessert down that they just got a healthy serving of zucchini with these recipes.
These paleo zucchini brownies from Preppy Paleo take me back to my favorite childhood dessert. It is hard to believe that there is nutrition in something that looks so sinful
This lemon zucchini poppy seed muffin recipe from Toned and Fit provides modification for any type of diet including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or paleo.
This chocolate chip cookie recipe by Living Healthy With Chocolate is paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free and it does look yummy.
Zucchini bread is a classic baked dish that uses zucchini that can sweet or savory. There are tons of different recipes on the internet, that can fit many types of Diets. This Zucchini Bread Recipe Blogspot includes several recipes for you to try.
Come back to the basics of cooking zucchini