One of the greatest things about summer is the fresh produce that seems to be inviting us from every corner!
Tomatoes are redder, cucumbers are greener, and there is such an abundance of watermelons, fresh peppers, and zucchini that indeed one can fall in love with seasonal fruit and veg all over again! I certainly do every time!
And one of the staple foods I love experimenting with during summer is zucchini. I absolutely adore this veggie even in its plainest form, because of its mild slightly sweet flavor that needs not much more than some olive oil, Himalayan salt and dill to accentuate its heavenly taste.
Yet, if you love to prepare a richer meal with this delicious, light, low-cal vegetable, here are the top 12 recipes I have chosen for you that are an absolute must-try before the end of summer!
1. Batzina: Greek Zucchini Pie
Starting with this delectable dish, as pies like these are among my top choices for ultimate healthy comfort food that satisfies all senses.
Batzina is a traditional Greek pie made from eggs, cheese, and flour. Some versions include pumpkin, others are all cheese. This Batzina or Greek Zucchini Pie leaves out the eggs and cheese, using nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor and includes zucchini. It’s thin, crispy, and savory and delicious when served both hot or cold.
2. Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza
Pepperoni pizza is a comfort food with flavors that hold a permanent spot in our hearts. But what can you do when you want it meatless and dairy-free? This Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza recreates that hot, spicy pepperoni flavor with crispy, thinly sliced zucchini marinated in a spicy and flavorful sauce. Top that with melty vegan cheese and you’re ready for pizza night.
3. Zucchini Lasagna With Pesto and Portobello Mushrooms
Most lasagnas are rich and heavy, and although delicious, they can leave you feeling sluggish. Not this Zucchini Lasagna With Pesto and Portobello Mushrooms! Longs strips of zucchini take the place of lasagna noodles and savory Portobello mushrooms pack the dish with plenty of vegetables for a hearty, yet feel-good meal. The whole meal comes together quickly, just 20 minutes of prep then idle cook time in the oven. Pair it with a simple green salad for a light, yet satisfying meal.
4. Zucchini Carrot Slices
When you want a healthy but delicious snack, try these Zucchini Carrot Slices. Slightly sweet zucchini, fresh carrot, and cheesy nutritional yeast come together in this delicious and fluffy bread. Made with quinoa flour it’s not as dense as regular bread. Since it’s not as heavy, these slices are a great salad accompaniment.
5. Jalapeño Zucchini Fritters
For a surefire crowd pleaser, include these Jalapeño Zucchini Fritters at your next get together. They’re flavorful with a spicy kick and have a crispy exterior with a soft center. Serve these with avocado cream dip for a fun and delicious appetizer. Make a lot — these will go fast!
6. Zucchini Banana Cake
Feel good about dessert by adding veggies to it. This Zucchini Banana Cake is packed full of nourishing ingredients that are kind to your body! Bananas are a rich source of potassium, zucchinis are low in calories, contain no saturated fat, and are packed full of minerals and vitamins. Oats are very high in fiber and they’re gluten-free! It’s topped with a creamy cashew icing that’s so good, it might now even make it onto the cake from all the taste-testing.
7. Zucchini Tater Tots
You probably remember tater tots — those coveted (and greasy) pillows of potato-y goodness served at school lunches. This recipe for Zucchini Tater Tots is a healthier take on those and they’re so good, you’ll want to carry them around in your pocket so you can have them all to yourself. It’s as easy as mashing potato and grated zucchini together, forming them into tots, and baking them until golden and crispy.
8. Sweet Zucchini Relish
Once you make this Sweet Zucchini Relish, you won’t be able to have a barbecue without it! This relish is sweet with a slight bite, chunky, and oh so delicious! Make it to top your veggie burgers and dogs, or even add some to macaroni or potato salad.
9. Raw Mushroom Lasagna With Zucchini Cheese
This delicious Mushroom Lasagna With Zucchini Cheese is filled with surprises. It’s a raw, vegan lasagna made with mushroom meat, golden zucchini cheese, garlic herb tomato sauce, and eggplant/zucchini “noodle” layers. Don’t be warded off by the fact that there are four layers! This is a fairly simple recipe since once everything is prepped, you just have to assemble the layers and pop it in the oven or dehydrator.
10. Raw Curry Zoodles
How does a brimming bowl full of fresh zucchini noodles doused in a creamy cashew curry sauce sound? These Raw Curry Noodles require no stovetop, no oven, no cooking, and 10 minutes from the fridge to your plate. Doesn’t get better than that.
11. Tofu in Creamy Zucchini and Mushroom Sauce
This Tofu in Creamy Zucchini and Mushroom Sauce is a hearty and lovely dish for dinner. A warm bed of grains is topped with a Russian-inspired take on Asian food staples — tofu in creamy zucchini mushroom sauce. The zucchini and mushrooms are cooked slowly and languidly with vegan sour cream in a heavy-bottomed pan to produce a comforting stew-like consistency. This is easy-to-make and delicious.
12. Baked Zucchini and Amaranth Patties
These Baked Zucchini and Amaranth Patties are crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They’re made with zucchini, onions, salsa, and lots of spices which complement the earthiness of the amaranth. Serve these on a bun like you would with a burger, or on a bed of leafy greens, with salsa and vegan sour cream.
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