These Fresh Zucchini Recipes Can Be on Your Table in 45 Minutes or Less
Zoodle Pizza Casserole
Squash isn’t always the easiest sell for kids, but no negotiating is required to get them to dig into this zucchini meal idea. Ask your little sous chefs to help choose and place their favorite pizza ingredients on top to customize this zucchini entrée recipe.
If you have five minutes, you have all the time you need to prep this quick and easy dinner recipe for the oven. Wrap portions of pork tenderloin in thin slices of zucchini to seal in the the juices and add an elegant look. While we call for topping with basil pesto, you could also try blending a bit of zucchini into the herb sauce for an extra splash of squash flavor. Serve with quinoa, brown rice, or orzo to round out this simple summer supper.
Zucchini ribbons get a starring role atop these lean bison burgers, but the real showstopping squash in this burger recipe is a little more incognito. Fold in a cup of cooked chopped zucchini with the meat before tossing the patties on the grill for supremely juicy and tender results.
Grilled Zucchini and Goat Cheese Toasts
Ravioli, Zucchini, and Browned Butter
Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini
There’s no wrong time to serve this speedy recipe, which can be completely vegetarian if you swap in vegetable broth for the chicken broth. The piles of creamy polenta and sliced squash make it dinner-appropriate, while the addition of eggs makes it equally appealing at breakfast. Since it’s ready in 40 minutes, you’ll have time to pull together this zucchini meal before (or after) a busy weekday.
Spiraled Zucchini and Crispy Potato Salad
Craving curly fries but not all the fat and calories that come along with them? Spiralize a spud, oven-fry the curlicues, and use them as a garnish on this refreshing zucchini-tomato salad. Kids big and small will enjoy twirling the zoodles in this simple yet showy starter.
Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Caramelize zucchini, onions, and tomatoes, to bring out their natural sugars and turn them into something your family will crave. Start this 30-minute summer frittata recipe by searing slabs of zucchini to caramelized perfection, then layer on the tomatoes, eggs, cheese, and walnuts. The result: a savory pie that’s just as delicious right out of the oven as it is reheated the next day.
Chef's secret: Toss zucchini with salt and allow to stand for 20 minutes to coax out some of the moisture. Pat dry, then stir-fry in garlicky olive oil for crunchy squash coins to serve alongside your entrée. Sprinkle with fresh mint or basil just before serving to add another layer of garden goodness.
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Air-Fried Zucchini Chips
Carrot and Zucchini Bars
Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini
Noodles and “Zoodles” with Saffron and Cream
Two ounces of spaghetti might look and sound like a skimpy portion, but that’s the true serving size. (Go ahead and check the back of the box!) Bulk up each bowl with a handful of zucchini noodles for a cheesy pasta recipe that actually satisfies.
Zucchini-Banana Snack Cake
At first glance, this dessert looks like a classic chocolate brownie recipe. Take a peek at the ingredients list, however, and you'll be clued in to the surprising nutrition-boosting ingredients. Mashed banana and shredded zucchini make the bars moist, while whole wheat flour and flaxseeds add fiber.
Bumper-Crop Zucchini Pancakes
There’s a lot-ke to love about these shredded vegetable pancakes. They have just 31 calories each and cook in 5 minutes. Plus, opting for fresh shredded zucchini instead of shredded potatoes cuts down on the carb count.
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Individual Squash Casseroles
Use this six-ingredient fresh zucchini recipe (a twist on more standard stuffed peppers) to clean out your refrigerator. Choose chicken or turkey, any variety of steamed veggies, and your favorite cheese to stack inside each squash “boat.” This low-carb recipe needs only 10 minutes in the oven before hitting your plate!