It’s pretty easy to overlook the humble zucchini. It may not be as colorfully flamboyant as our other favorite fruits (that’s right, it’s technically a fruit—I said it!), but it packs a lot of nutrition into a delicious low-carb package.
If you’re not sure how to make the most of this hydrating summer squash, you may be surprised to know there are plenty of ways to prepare it. Ready to get more nutritious goodness on your plate? Here’s how to tackle your next batch of zucchini.
Saute It on the Stove
If you want a side with a quick but flavorful punch, sauteed zucchini is a great way to go. The finished product is great tossed with pasta dishes, stir fry, and even salads.
To make it, all you’ll need to do is cut your zucchini into slices, add about a teaspoon of olive oil (and/or a little butter to taste) to a skillet over medium heat, and cook it until the zucchini have grown a little darker in color and are tender to the touch. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bake It in the Oven
Oven-baked zucchini can be a little more crisp than their stovetop cousins, and baking them in the oven can be a great option if you want to make a bunch of zucchini all at once.
Cut the zucchinis into slices and throw them into a large bowl. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil per zucchini, sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and toss to coat. You can also throw in some herbs, spices, or cheese for extra flavor. From there, put the zucchinis onto an oiled baking sheet in a single layer and bake them at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until you see them turn golden-brown and get a little bit of a crisp texture on the edges.
Cook It on the Grill
If you’re in the backyard cooking anyway, tossing some zucchini onto your grill is an easy way to add some flavor! All you’ll need to do is cut the zucchini and toss them in a bowl with about a teaspoon of oil per zucchini. From there, just grill them like you would any other food!
Zucchini noodles (also called by the more fun term “zoodles”) are just what you’re imagining: noodles made of zucchini! If you haven’t already heard of this popular dish, you may want to replace your pasta with zoodles next time! You’ll need a special tool—either a spiralizer or julienne peeler—but the process is pretty easy.
Once you’ve cut the zucchini according to the tool’s instructions, you can either eat them raw, or you can saute or boil them for a minute or two. Add your favorite homemade pasta sauce, and you’re good to go!
Again, you might be pleasantly surprised by the delicious flavor the humble zucchini brings to a plate. To unlock its potential, try any one of the methods above, and be sure to add it to some of my favorite recipes!