Zucchini recipes don't have to be boring! There are tons of different ways to eat this summer squash. Try something new with one of these 65 zucchini recipes covering everything from breakfast to dinner, desserts, and more!
If you keep a garden, or live anywhere near someone who does, you are likely used to the over abundance of zucchini that shows up during the summer months.
We are only 5 days into our zucchini harvest and we have already gathered 25 pounds of this prolific vegetable!
Now I have quite a few ways I like to prepare zucchini for my family, but this year with such a healthy and rapidly producing garden I decided I might need to branch out a bit so that we didn't tire of the provision.
So I gathered up a bunch of recipes for myself and thought you might enjoy them as well! Some of these ideas for how to use zucchini really shocked me and I'm looking forward to trying them all!
My favorite is definitely this gluten free, paleo chocolate cake recipe made with zucchini flour!
Health Benefits of Zucchini
Prior to this season I just accepted zucchini as a summer food and didn't think much beyond that. But now that we have a little one to feed I like to look more into the health benefits of the food we are eating as a family, beyond the fact that it's a fresh veggie.
I had no idea zucchini was so good for you! Like, actively good for you!
Just check out the nutritional value of one medium zucchini!
- 33 calories
- 0 fat
- 2 grams fiber
- 2 grams protein
- 5 grams carbs
- 3 grams sugar
- 3 milligrams vitamin C (56 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin B6 (21 percent DV)
- 3 milligrams manganese (17 percent DV)
- 3 milligrams riboflavin (16 percent DV)
- 514 milligrams potassium (15 percent DV)
- 57 milligrams folate (14 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin K (11 percent DV)
During the summer we each eat 1-3 medium zucchini per day so I'm thrilled with all the good stuff we are getting!
Because of all those amazing nutritional components, zucchini is anti-inflammatory, cancer preventive, can help improve heart health, improve digestion, promote healthy blood sugar, improve thyroid and adrenal function, and even improve your eye sight!
Who knew this unassuming little vegetable could do so much? I love it!
65 Zucchini Recipes
So if you are totally sold and ready to eat your body weight in these nutritious green veggie, look no further! This post includes a ton of ways to cook and preserve zucchini so that you never tire of it!
From zucchini bread, to zucchini cake, and everything in between. Find zucchini recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!
Zucchini Breakfast Recipes
I foolishly thought there was no way to sneak zucchini into our breakfast menu unless it was in the form of zucchini bread. Fortunately I was wrong!
These 8 ways to eat zucchini for breakfast will have you starting the day off right!
Zucchini Main Dish Recipes
We tend to have zucchini as a side dish, but these all look so great that I'm going to have to start making zucchini as the main dish!
Some are light and would be excellent for a lunch meal, which others are hearty enough for dinner!
Or if you don't have enough zucchini for a main dish, any of these recipes for zucchini side dishes will make an amazing addition to your meal!
Dessert is most people's favorite part of any meal... why not sneak a little (or a lot) of goodness in there?!
These healthy zucchini recipes for dessert will make you feel good about feeding your family a treat!
We make the strawberry zucchini fruit leather many times a year since it makes a wonderful, healthy snack in the car or lunch box!
And if you're looking for something decadent that has no-sugar or flour, then try the gluten free, paleo chocolate cake!
Zucchini Bread Recipes
Sneaking veggies into baked goods is an art form when you're a mom... these recipes make it look easy and delicious!
I also love the idea of making these during the summer and freezing the bread for later in the year! While I haven't tried these bread recipes with einkorn flour, I would recommend reducing the liquid in the recipe by 20% to avoid soggy bread.
Savory Zucchini Breads
These zucchini bread recipes are either plain or have a savory element to them. They would be great as a side dish, or for a less-sweet breakfast bread to go with eggs and bacon!
Zucchini Sweet Breads
Or if you prefer a sweeter breakfast, or want to whip up a sweet zucchini bread for dessert, these will be perfect for you!
Ways to Preserve Zucchini
If you've reached your max with zucchini for the season, or you just find yourself with more than you can eat, here are some great ideas for canning and preserving zucchini so you can enjoy it all year!