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6.27.2014

Zucchini Recipe Round-Up



I am assuming you are reading this post because you, like me, have an abundance of zucchini in your garden, and need some more inspiration on what to do with all of it.  I have personally been experimenting with zucchini recipes for weeks (thanks, Pinterest!), and wanted to share my faves.

1. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks


Photo of my attempt

A delicious way to make zucchini that the whole family loved.  See the recipe here at Jo Cooks.  Definitely good served with ranch!

2. Zucchini Chips


Photo of my attempt

I found this yummy recipe here at Frugal Living Mom, but made a few modifications.  First, I used regular white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar, since I didn't have any.  It turned out deliciously this way as well.  I also added some garlic powder and paprika to the seasoning mix.  Finally, since I don't have a dehydrator, I baked them at 230 degrees for 1.5 hours on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, which did the trick.  The kids loved this one, and didn't even mind the kick of spice!  You do need to eat right away, as they begin to soften after sitting.

3. Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

http://www.budgetgourmetmom.com/cheesy-zucchini-casserole/
Image Source: Budget Gourmet Mom
 
Oh man, was this a winner! Get the recipe here at Budget Gourmet Mom.  Like the blogger said, it's kind of like a guilt-free mac n' cheese the way this casserole tastes and with it's consistency.  I did a half-batch in a 9"x9" pan which was more than enough for my husband and I plus the two littles.  This is also a meatless dish, which makes it vegetarian-friendly, though not vegan since it has cheese and milk.
 
4. Spicy Orange Beef

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spicy-orange-beef-10000001087096/
Image Source: MyRecipes.com
 
This is a recipe from Cooking Light that I have loved for a long time, as it is quick, delicious, and only a few ingredients (recipe here).  It does not call for zucchini, but I found that if you add halved zucchini ring slices towards the end when you add the sauce mixture, it is a delicious addition!  I was inspired to do this based on the fact that this recipe is Asian in flavor, and that it is not uncommon to find zucchini in Asian dishes (such as Kung Pao Chicken, etc.).
 
Of course, you can also grill zucchini spears and serve as a side-dish with any dinner, or just slice it and snack on it raw with some ranch.  Then there are many zucchini bread recipes, but I have yet to try any.  What are your favorite zucchini recipes?
 

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