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Creative Ways to Use Zucchini

Creative Ways to Use Zucchini

Summer garden harvests tend to bring squash… lots and lots of squash! In fact, I have friends who joke about people bringing them bags of zucchini, leaving it on their doorstep when they’re not home.

One go-to recipe to grab when you’re in zucchini-overload mode is one for simple zucchini bread. But if you’re getting tired of making bread, consider some of these other ideas for using your zukes.

  • Make Stuffed Zucchini. Carve out the zucchini, dice the “meat” of the fruit, and then sauté that with some other diced veggies (onions, carrot, etc.); add the sautéd mixture to cooked rice, season, stuff the shells with the mixture, and bake. Add cheese if you like.
  • Make Zucchini Quinoa Cakes. Grate zucchini and add to this delicious recipe for quinoa cakes with summer herbs. These make a great snack, pita stuffer, or even a main course alongside some yummy salads and veggies.
  • Grill It! Slice your zucchini into quarter-inch-thick strips, coat thinly with olive oil, season, and toss those babies on the grill.
  • Make Zucchini Chips. You can make great snacks from all of those zukes by slicing them and making zucchini chips right in the oven. Learn more in this zucchini chip tip from someone who also felt overwhelmed by loads of squash.

Need even more ideas? Check out the inventive kitchen solutions in 20 Ways to Use Your Zukes.


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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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10:08AM PDT on May 23, 2013

thnx for this

4:57AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:27AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Love zucchini,thanks for sharing

4:58AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thank you

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11:25AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

I never have a problem finding homes for my zucchini harvest....everyone around here loves it!! I am going to have to try zucchini chips.

12:14PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012


12:30AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Thanks for the tips, I love this vegie.

8:35AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Im drying it right now.

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