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50 Healthy Zucchini Recipes

Taste of Home logo Taste of Home 7/2/2022 Peggy Woodward, RDN

Chorizo & Grits Breakfast Bowls

Growing up, I bonded with my dad over chorizo and eggs. My fresh approach combines them with grits and black beans for this chorizo breakfast bowl. Add a spoonful of pico de gallo for extra pop. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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Zucchini Ricotta Bake

I have made this lasagna-like zucchini ricotta bake frequently over the years and shared the recipe with many. Recently, my daughter had some heart trouble, so I adapted the recipe to cut fat and calories. We think this version is just as delicious. -Eleanor Hauserman, Huntsville, Alabama Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Exps Hhrds18 167918 C03 30 1b 14 Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Exps Hhrds18 167918 C03 30 1b 14

Italian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

I've always had to be creative when getting my family to eat vegetables, so I decided to make stuffed zucchini using the pizza flavors that everyone loves. It worked! We like to include sausage for a main dish, but it could be a meatless side dish, too. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts Grilled Zucchini With Onions Exps Sdjj19 124903 C02 07 5b 13 Grilled Zucchini With Onions Exps Sdjj19 124903 C02 07 5b 13

Grilled Zucchini with Onions

Wondering what to do with all of your garden-grown zucchini in the summer? Give it a sizzle and a little heat with this healthy side. It’s also an easy recipe to double or triple for summer cookouts. —Alia Shuttleworth, Auburn, California Zucchini And Summer Squash Salad Exps Hca19 100405 C08 01 3b 14 Zucchini And Summer Squash Salad Exps Hca19 100405 C08 01 3b 14

Summer Squash and Zucchini Salad

I came up with this colorful, tasty zucchini salad years ago for a recipe contest and was delighted when I won honorable mention! The recipe easily doubles and is the perfect dish to take to potlucks or family gatherings. —Paula Wharton, El Paso, Texas a plate of food on a table: Zucchini Tomato Pasta Sauce Exps Ft21 38080 F 0507 1 Zucchini Tomato Pasta Sauce Exps Ft21 38080 F 0507 1

Zucchini-Tomato Pasta Sauce

I came up with this recipe after planting too many zucchini plants in our vegetable garden. My husband loved it the first time I served it and now we make it quite often. —Joy Turner, Amherst, Ohio Arrabbiata Sauce With Zucchini Noodles Exps Hck18 196227 B04 014 7b 17 Arrabbiata Sauce With Zucchini Noodles Exps Hck18 196227 B04 014 7b 17

Arrabbiata Sauce with Zucchini Noodles

This popular Italian dish is flavorful and spicy. We decided to re-create one of our favorite jarred sauces and serve over zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier meal that's naturally gluten-free. The results were amazing! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas Stewed Zucchini And Tomatoes Exps Sdas18 130433 D04 03 4b 8 Stewed Zucchini And Tomatoes Exps Sdas18 130433 D04 03 4b 8

Stewed Zucchini and Tomatoes

Zucchini, tomatoes and green peppers star in this make-ahead dish that offers a fresh take on traditional vegetable sides. Bubbly cheddar cheese adds a down-home feel. —Barbara Smith, Salem, Oregon Summer Zucchini Pasta Exps Thjj21 259692 B02 11 10b 68 Summer Zucchini Pasta Exps Thjj21 259692 B02 11 10b 68

Summer Zucchini Pasta

This simple and healthy summer zucchini pasta is a wonderful side or meatless entree, but you can add shredded chicken or grilled salmon for a heartier dish. —Beth Berlin, Oak Creek, Wisconsin Grilled Mediterranean Zucchini Salad Exps Ft20 251835 F 0722 1 12 Grilled Mediterranean Zucchini Salad Exps Ft20 251835 F 0722 1 12

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Mediterranean Dressing

This grilled zucchini salad with Mediterranean salad dressing is the perfect side dish. I also like to add summer squash, when it's in season, for a variation, or crumbled goat cheese when I want creaminess. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin a plate of food on a table © Taste of Home

Zucchini Roll-Ups

We love lasagna, but these zucchini roll-ups are a little healthier and a lot quicker! Using zucchini "pasta" also makes the dish gluten- and grain-free. To make zucchini strips, use a box grater or mandoline to get even slices. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas Roasted Vegetable Strata Exps Hck17 195478 C08 26 4b 11 Roasted Vegetable Strata Exps Hck17 195478 C08 26 4b 11

Roasted Vegetable Strata

With the abundance of zucchini my family has in the fall, this is the perfect dish to use some of what we have. Cheesy and rich, the warm, classic breakfast dish is sure to please! —Colleen Doucette, Truro, Nova Scotia a bowl of food on a plate © Taste of Home

Golden Zucchini Pancakes

If your garden is overflowing with zucchini this time of year, make these incredible pancakes to use it up. We squeeze the zucchini well before using to remove excess moisture. —Terry Ann Dominguez, Silver City, New Mexico a plate of food: Exps190179 Lr153742d08 21 8b 2 Exps190179 Lr153742d08 21 8b 2

Garlic-Grilled Chicken with Pesto Zucchini Ribbons

The first time I substituted zucchini noodles for regular pasta, it was because I was trying to reduce carbohydrates and calories. Now I make them because we love the flavor and texture they bring to dishes. This dish is just as delicious if you substitute shrimp for the chicken. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey Exps66850 Hck163687b09 02 3b 9 Exps66850 Hck163687b09 02 3b 9

Beef & Bulgur-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

My mom frequently cooked the giant zucchini that she grew in her garden. I adapted this recipe from one of her favorite weeknight meals. Though I love the taste of fresh-picked zucchini, the ones I've bought from the grocery store work great, too.—Susan Peterson, Blaine, Minnesota. © Taste of Home

Grilled Garden Veggie Pizza

Pile on the veggies—the crisp, grilled crust can take it! This colorful, healthy pizza looks as fresh as it tastes. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas a bowl of food on a plate © Taste of Home

Mimi's Lentil Medley

I made this one summer evening by putting together what I had on hand. My husband gave it his top rating. —Mary Ann Hazen, Rochester Hills, Michigan Exps39901 Sd163617b02 05 6b 11 Exps39901 Sd163617b02 05 6b 11

Sausage Zucchini Skillet

I began serving a version of this dish as a side with grilled salmon. I added sausage and rice—or noodles—to make a complete meal-in-one. —Debby Abel, Flat Rock, North Carolina a tray of food © Taste of Home

Zucchini Mushroom Bake

Just a 10-minute prep dresses up my garden-fresh zucchini, adding mushrooms, onion, cheddar and a sprinkle of basil. —Jacquelyn Smith, Carmel, Maine Zucchini Lasagna Exps Tohas22 3930 Dr 04 07 5b 6 Zucchini Lasagna Exps Tohas22 3930 Dr 04 07 5b 6

Zucchini Lasagna

We plant zucchini every year and always seem to have more than we can use! This hearty zucchini lasagna is a delicious way to use our abundant crop. —Charlotte McDaniel, Williamsville, Illinois a plate of food on a table: Exps89843 Th153342b02 20 5b 2 Exps89843 Th153342b02 20 5b 2

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My veggie pasta proves you can’t have too much of a good thing. Feel free to change it up with whatever fresh veggies are in the garden or farmers market. —Bryn Namavari, Chicago, Illinois a bowl of food on a plate on a table © Taste of Home

Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce

Perk up gnocchi and vegetables with a flavorful pesto sauce. If you don't have pine nuts for the topping, skip or substitute any nut you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen California Quinoa Exps161816 Sd132778b04 17 1bc Rms 9 California Quinoa Exps161816 Sd132778b04 17 1bc Rms 9

California Quinoa

I’m always changing this salad up. Here I used tomato, zucchini and olives for a Greek-inspired salad. Try adding a few more favorite fresh veggies you know your family will love. —Elizabeth Lubin, Huntington Beach, California a bowl of food on a plate: Exps168192 Sd143206b04 03 2b 2 Exps168192 Sd143206b04 03 2b 2

Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

My meatless version of Korean bibimbap is tasty, pretty and easy to tweak for different spice levels. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut Turkey Sausage Soup With Fresh Vegetables Exps173975 Sd143204c12 03 4bc Rms 7 Turkey Sausage Soup With Fresh Vegetables Exps173975 Sd143204c12 03 4bc Rms 7

Turkey Sausage Soup with Fresh Vegetables

Our family is big on soup. This favorite is quick to make and very tasty, and it gives me plenty of time to have fun with my kids and grandkids while it slow-cooks. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada Yellow Squash Watermelon Salad Exps147256 Th143192b02 05 3bc Rms 5 Yellow Squash Watermelon Salad Exps147256 Th143192b02 05 3bc Rms 5

Yellow Squash & Watermelon Salad

I always enjoy taking this healthy option to parties and potlucks, and people really seem to appreciate it. No oil is necessary for this salad; the lemon juice combines with the feta to lightly coat the bright, fresh ingredients. —Camille Parker, Chicago, Illinois a bowl of food on a plate: Exps47128 Fm153592b03 20 5b 2 Exps47128 Fm153592b03 20 5b 2

Dijon Veggies with Couscous

Coated in a tangy Dijon sauce, these tasty veggies and fluffy couscous make for a delightful side. —Juliana Dumitru, Fairview Park, Ohio a plate of food on a table: Blackened Tilapia With Zucchini Noodles Exps Sdam17 200349 C12 06 1b 5 Blackened Tilapia With Zucchini Noodles Exps Sdam17 200349 C12 06 1b 5

Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini Noodles

I love quick and bright meals like this one-skillet wonder. The way it tastes, you'd think it takes a lot more effort, but it goes from prep to dinner table in half an hour. The recipe works well with any light fish, or even shrimp. —Tammy Brownlow, Dallas, Texas a bowl of food on a table © Taste of Home

Fiesta Chopped Salad

We serve this colorful garden feast when we find vegetables that are bursting with flavor. The dressing makes the fresh salad a welcome companion for most any entree. —Merwyn Garbini, Tuscon, Arizona a plastic container filled with different types of food © Taste of Home

Vegetable & Beef Stuffed Red Peppers

I love making this stuffed pepper recipe. It's one of the few ways I can get my husband to eat veggies. Make it meatless by replacing the beef with eggplant and adding more vegetables like mushrooms or squash. You can also replace the rice with barley, couscous or even orzo. —Jennifer Zimmerman, Avondale, Arizona a bowl of soup: Exps105189 Hck163687d07 31 4b 3 Exps105189 Hck163687d07 31 4b 3

Garden Vegetable Beef Soup

This soup is my go-to healthy lunch option. It's a great way to eat my vegetables, and it's so comforting during the cold winter months. —Dawn Donald, Herron, Michigan Exps167922 Th163620d11 18 8b Web 8 Exps167922 Th163620d11 18 8b Web 8

Baby Kale Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

We pull a bunch of ingredients from our garden when we make this baby kale salad with zucchini and sweet onion. The yogurt dressing layers on big lime flavor. —Suzanna Esther, State College, Pennsylvania a bowl of food on a plate: Vegetable And Barley Pilaf Exps Lsbz18 149600 D01 19 6b 3 Vegetable And Barley Pilaf Exps Lsbz18 149600 D01 19 6b 3

Vegetable and Barley Pilaf

Hearty, colorful, easy and fast were the reviews we gave this good-for-you dish. Barley has a healthy amount of soluble fiber, which aids digestion. And it can help to lower cholesterol, too! You can easily substitute other fresh veggies you have on hand. —Jesse Klausmeier, Burbank, California a bowl of food on a table: Exps192803 Sd163615c04 05 8b 1 Exps192803 Sd163615c04 05 8b 1

Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad

Layered desserts always grab my family’s attention, but salads? Not so much. I wondered if I could get everyone on board by presenting a healthy salad in an eye-catching way. I’m happy to say that it worked. —Christine Hadden, Whitman, Massachusetts
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Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza

A wonderful crust layered with herbed tomato sauce and toppings encourages my family of six to dig right in to this low-fat main course. —Denise Warner, Red Lodge, Montana a bowl of food on a table © Taste of Home

Sauteed Squash with Tomatoes & Onions

My favorite meals show a love of family and food. This zucchini dish with tomatoes is like a scaled-down ratatouille. —Adan Franco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin a bowl of salad: Exps184774 Th153344a06 17 2b 1 Exps184774 Th153344a06 17 2b 1

Ribbon Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Zucchini, cucumbers and carrots are peeled into “ribbons” for this citrusy salad. We like to serve it for parties and special occasions. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada Exps70481 Hck163687b09 02 4b 3 Exps70481 Hck163687b09 02 4b 3

Power Lasagna

When my husband and I wanted to live healthier, our first step was to eat more power foods, such as whole grains, fresh veggies and protein. Combined with our love for Italian food, this tasty lasagna is one of the nutritious results.—Jennifer Yaden, Richmond, Kentucky Exps159521 Thhc2377563b05 04 3b Web2 8 Exps159521 Thhc2377563b05 04 3b Web2 8

Zucchini Burgers

With just-picked-from-the-garden-zucchini, your kids won’t even know these burgers are meatless. —Kimberly Danek Pinkson, San Anselmo, California a bowl of food on a plate © Taste of Home

Basil Corn & Tomato Bake

I think this is the ultimate dish to make when sweet Jersey corn is in season. Combined with tomatoes, zucchini and basil, it makes for a spectacular side for brunch, lunch or dinner. —Erin Chilcoat, Central Islip, New York a plate of food: Exps67537 Th153341b11 13 3b 4 Exps67537 Th153341b11 13 3b 4

Stovetop Tarragon Chicken

My oldest daughter can't get enough of the tarragon sauce. She uses biscuits to soak up every scrumptious drop. My husband and I like it over mashed potatoes. —Tina Westover, La Mesa, California a plate full of food © Taste of Home

Spring Greek Pasta Salad

For a light meal, we toss rotini pasta with cucumber, zucchini and sweet peppers. Make this cucumber pasta salad into a main dish by adding grilled chicken. —Christine Schenher, Exeter, California a bowl of food on a plate © Taste of Home

Skewerless Stovetop Kabobs

My family loves this quick and easy recipe so much, we never have any leftovers. It's also great on the grill. —Jennifer Mitchell, Altoona, Pennsylvania a bowl filled with different types of food on a plate © Taste of Home

Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini Salad

Tomato wedges give this salad a juicy bite. It's a great use of fresh herbs and veggies from your own garden or the farmers market. —Matthew Hass, Franklin, Wisconsin Exps98665 Sd143206c04 03 7b 8 Exps98665 Sd143206c04 03 7b 8

Apple-Marinated Chicken & Vegetables

I actually invented this chicken with vegetables dish at a campground, so you know it's easy. Using the same marinade for the meat and veggies keeps it simple so we can spend more time outside and less time making dinner. —Jayme Schertz, Clintonville, Wisconsin Beef Veggie Sloppy Joes Exps58224 Edsc143234b03 27 1bc Rms 7 Beef Veggie Sloppy Joes Exps58224 Edsc143234b03 27 1bc Rms 7

Beef & Veggie Sloppy Joes

I’m always looking for ways to serve my family healthy and delicious food, so after I started experimenting with my favorite veggies and ground beef. I came up with this favorite that my three kids actually request! This healthy take on sloppy joes reminds me of my own childhood. —Megan Niebuhr, Yakima Washington Roasted Veggie Quesadillas Exps Cimzw20 130776 B09 03 3b 7 Roasted Veggie Quesadillas Exps Cimzw20 130776 B09 03 3b 7

Potato Veggie Quesadillas

I am always looking for recipes that will encourage children to eat vegetables and this one has been a huge success. You can also use other vegetables, such as mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus and broccoli. Just remember to roast your vegetables before making the quesadillas. —Kathy Carlan, Canton, Georgia Exps72824 Sd143205d01 24 4b Web2 5 Exps72824 Sd143205d01 24 4b Web2 5

Full Garden Frittata

I was cooking for a health-conscious friend and wanted to serve a frittata. To brighten it up, I added leftover bruschetta topping and fresh mozzarella. Now that's breakfast. It's become a favorite among my friends and family, and a staple in my recipe book. —Melissa Rosenthal, Vista, California Exps93733 Sd143205c01 29 7b Web 5 Exps93733 Sd143205c01 29 7b Web 5

Marinated Chicken & Zucchini Kabobs

These tasty (and healthy!) kabobs are a family favorite. You can change them up with turkey tenderloins and other veggies, like summery squash or sweet bell peppers. —Tammy Slade, Stansbury Park, Utah a bowl of food on a table: Exps103580 Hc153382b09 04 3b 2 Exps103580 Hc153382b09 04 3b 2

Mediterranean Turkey Skillet

I've always heard that it’s important to eat a rainbow of colors to get all of the nutrients we need. Thanks to my garden-grown veggies, this dish certainly fits the bill. —Nicole Ehlert, Burlington, Wisconsin

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