10 Ways to Use Up All That Zucchini

By: Foodlets

Every summer I’m faced with buckets of zucchini coming from the patch in my backyard, so you know I’m always on the lookout for excellent zucchini recipes. Here are 10 of my very favorites. Almost all of them have been kid-tested (and tested and tested …), and there are a few that look so delicious they’re already at the top of my list to try next. Want to join?

Zucchini Parmesan (pictured above)

If you love eggplant parmesan, you’ll love this. It’s that simple.

By combining a handful of pantry staples with one fresh zucchini, I get an easy, cheesy side dish with nary a complaint from the kiddos.

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Hands down, these are my family’s favorite zucchini muffins. The applesauce keeps the muffins moist and adds natural sweetness, so you don’t need as much sugar as typical zucchini-muffin recipes call for.

Buttery onions and zucchini are sauteed until soft, smothered in Gruyere cheese and fresh croutons before baked to perfection.

If your family likes the flavor of pasta with meat sauce (and, really, don’t we all?), pair these zucchini boats with a big loaf of buttery garlic bread and call dinner D-O-N-E.

Think of these as healthy zucchini chips. Plus, cheese.

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Most chocolate zucchini cakes have just as much sugar as a regular cake, begging the question … uh, what’s the point? This recipe, however, goes light on the sweet stuff but keeps all the rich flavor. I’m in!

Yes, you can totally serve zucchini for breakfast. And with these chocolatey treats, not a single person will even question the suggestion.

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Slices of squash pick up bold flavor from a mixture of white wine vinegar, lemon juice and garlic before landing on a hot grill.

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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

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

That’s right. It’s Rachael Ray’s vegetarian chili, full of juicy chunks of zucchini, rice and even spinach. It’s so light and fresh — really the best (only?) way to serve chili this season.

Charity Curley Mathews blogs at Foodlets.com about simple family meals full of fresh ingredients — and how she encourages/begs/bribes her kids to eat them. She lives on a mini-farm in North Carolina with her husband, their four small kids, two puppies and 30,000 bees. You can follow her on Facebook.

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