Celebrate end-of-summer zucchini with a variety of tasty applications. Try grated zucchini in cookies and bread for added moisture, or, stuff between tortillas for a simple veggie quesadilla. Zucchini is packed with beneficial nutrients including Vitamins C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber. All contribute to a healthy heart by decreasing the risk of stroke, reducing high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol. Get maximum benefits by eating either raw or cooked zucchini and feel free to eat the skin– it's edible.
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Zucchini and Goat Cheese Quiche (Quiche de Courgettes au Chèvre)
Zucchini Cookies Recipe Zucchini, walnuts, raisins, chocolate chips, and coconut pack in an amazingly sweet flavor and contribute many beneficial nutrients. The recipe makes 60 cookies so feel free to either half the recipe or freeze extras in an airtight container for up to a month.
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Curried Zucchini Soup
Curried Zucchini Soup Recipe Curry and light coconut milk give this 7 ingredient soup a subtle Thai flavor. Mix part of the soup in a blender for a creamier texture without added fat.
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Stuffed Zucchini with Potatoes and Peas
Stuffed Zucchini with Potatoes and Peas Recipe Serve stuffed summer squash as a hearty side for grilled meats or chicken or on its own as a meatless main entrée. Ground coriander, turmeric, and cumin add an authentic Indian flair.
Zucchini-Pecan Flaxseed Bread
Recipe Fill your house with the rich smell of freshly baked bread. Dense and slightly sweet, this breakfast bread uses ground flaxseed for a nutty flavor, added fiber, and heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
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Zucchini Oven Chips
Recipe MyRecipes.com reviewers rave that these chips are a healthier and just as tasty alternative to fried zucchini or French fries. A few of their recommendations include preparing with Romano cheese instead of Parmesan as a flavor variation, serving as a side for barbecue sandwiches, and dipping in ketchup or Ranch dressing.