Zucchini Obsession: 14 Zucchini Recipes that Make Amazing Summer Meals
When I bring up my seasonal obsession with zucchini – which, incidentally, is in full effect at the moment – I always marvel at how many people describe the delicious summer squash as either tasteless, or perhaps even more astonishingly, as boring and difficult to work with. Tasteless? Boring? Difficult to work with? Hearing those kinds of comments, I instantly know that the people making them are woefully uninitiated in the many sublime pleasures of the deceptively simple vegetable.
Growing up the grandson of a Neapolitan grandmother, I was introduced to zucchini as an ingredient in a multitude of meals at a very early age. When properly prepared, zucchini serves as the basis for an enormous number of mouthwatering dishes. In fact, if anything, the difficulty of working with zucchini is often having too many meal directions to choose from.
It bears mentioning that, beyond its versatility, zucchini is also highly nutritious. It is a tremendous source of antioxidants, and not just the more common antioxidants like beta carotene, but also some less ubiquitous antioxidant nutrients such as lutein and zexanthin.
Zucchini is easy to cook, easy to grow in home gardens and, typically, inexpensive when purchased at the local grocery store — and downright cheap when purchased at farm stands. Last weekend, I saw some beautiful organic zucchini at a local farm stand in rural Massachusetts near where I live priced at “4 for a Dollar,” which essentially worked out to something like $1 per lb.
In sum, zucchini has everything going for it, with virtually no downside.
But for those struggling to think of more ways to incorporate the bright-skinned summer squash with its fresh, creamy white flesh into their meal plans, I can help. I’ve pulled together fourteen – yes, fourteen– amazing zucchini recipes from Chew On That’s partner sites. The sheer breadth of these recipes should go some way toward suggesting the many and varied forms that zucchini can take on the plate.
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