Possibly one of nature's perfect foods, you could feed your family several different meals on one large homegrown zucchini. Here are the recipes I've created to sneak this non-kid-friendly (albeit highly-nutritious) squash into our healthy diets.
Zucchini is a highly nutritious food source containing 95 percent water and the darker skinned varieties contain even more vitamins and minerals. This strange squash contains vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, potassium and trace minerals making it a worthwhile veggie to include in your family's diet and to grow in your home gardens.
- 1 large zucchini (or 3 small zucchinis)
- 1 long roll Ritz Crackers (or similar brand) smashed completely inside the wrapper
- 1 cup grated Jack Cheese (or Pepper Jack)
- Steam the cubed zucchinis until tender (about 20 minutes) and turn into a casserole dish.
- Pour the smashed Ritz Crackers evenly over the zucchini and top with the Jack Cheese.
- Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until cheese is melted.
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- 1 large zucchini, quartered long (skin left on)
- sea salt
- lemon pepper
- chili seasoning
- seasoned salts
- aluminum foil or skewers
- Season the inside flesh of the long zucchini strips with as little or as much seasoning as your family likes.
- Wrap completely in foil or run skewers through and throw them onto the barbeque until tender. Be sure to prepare enough because these also go quickly.
Other good ways to get this nutritious squash into your family's diet is to grate fresh zucchini straight into your home-baked cornbread or muffin batter (before cooking) for a taste similar to that of carrot cake without adding extra sugar. You can also slice into thin pepperoni circles, adding on top of vegetarian pizzas. The zucchini will brown-up in the oven and look just like pepperoni when cooked!