10 Recipes That Prove Zucchini Is Actually a Magic Vegetable

There are a lot of one-trick ponies out there, but let’s just start by saying zucchini is not one of them. In fact, we can’t help but think of this versatile, in-season squash as a seriously magical ingredient. It can fill many roles, taking the place of potatoes, bananas, chicken and more.

Don’t believe us? Go on and see. Zucchini is capable of countless feats; these 10 recipes are just the start.

Slice, bread and lightly fry zucchini into this Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (pictured above).

Chop zucchini up and cook it with peppers and onions, then serve it with eggs as Zucchini “Hash Browns” in place of potatoes.

Grate zucchini, then form it into patties and fry into Zucchini Pancakes.

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Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Zucchini Chili Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Zucchini Chili, as seen on Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER /FATHERSDAY Show Name: Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day,Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Zucchini Chili Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Zucchini Chili, as seen on Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER /FATHERSDAY Show Name: Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Zucchini Chili Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Zucchini Chili, as seen on Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER /FATHERSDAY Show Name: Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day,Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Zucchini Chili Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Zucchini Chili, as seen on Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER /FATHERSDAY Show Name: Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day

Chop up zucchini and simmer it into a hearty, loaded and well-spiced Zucchini Chili.

Use breaded zucchini in place of eggplant or chicken and make a saucy, vegetarian Zucchini Parmesan.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Grate zucchini and bake it into a moist, subtly sweet Healthy Zucchini Bread.

Top sliced zucchini with cheesy breadcrumbs for Ina Garten’s baked Zucchini Gratin.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Zucchini Fried Nachos for Summer Slow Cooker/Zucchini Fries/Picnic Brick-Pressed Sandwiches, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Food Network Kitchen’s Zucchini Fried Nachos for Summer Slow Cooker/Zucchini Fries/Picnic Brick-Pressed Sandwiches, as seen on Food Network.

Trade tortilla chips for baked zucchini slices, then load them up with all the fixings for Zucchini Fry Nachos.

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Chef Name: Melissa d'Arabian Full Recipe Name: Zucchini Carpaccio Talent Recipe: Melissa d'Arabian’s Zucchini Carpaccio, as seen on Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER/FATHERSDAY Show Name: Ten Dollar Dinners

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Chef Name: Melissa d'Arabian Full Recipe Name: Zucchini Carpaccio Talent Recipe: Melissa d'Arabian’s Zucchini Carpaccio, as seen on Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER/FATHERSDAY Show Name: Ten Dollar Dinners

Shave the raw vegetable so it’s paper-thin for a refreshing Zucchini Carpaccio that’s perfect for entertaining.

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zoodle slaw on pulled pork sandwich

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Spiralize zucchini into crunchy, slender zoodles for a riff on classic slaw.

Get more summer squash recipes from our friends in #SummerSoiree:

In Jennie’s Kitchen: 5 Sweet & Savory Zucchini Recipes

Healthy Eats: 8 Zucchini Recipes That Won’t Squash Your Summer Health Goals

Devour: Use Your Zoodle: 3 Italian-Inspired Squash Recipes

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Italian Marinated Zucchini

The Mom 100: Baby Zucchini Gratin

Feed Me Phoebe: Green Shakshuka with Zucchini, Chard and Peas

Creative Culinary: Lemony Summer Squash Bread

Taste with the Eyes: Summer Squash Lasagna with Fried Basil #glutenfree

TasteBook: Summer Squash Herb Tart

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