In my first CSA box I received a small zucchini and I knew exactly what I was going to make. Zoodles with Garlic Parmesan Cheese and Tomatoes!! I’ve been wanting to make it for some time. Since last summer, as a matter of fact.
Growing up, zucchini was only used in zucchini bread. Don’t get me wrong. Grandma made FANTASTIC zucchini bread! But it was the only way we enjoyed it.
Later, my mother-in-law showed me another way to have zucchini – in a chicken dish. Chicken breast cooked in a zucchini-tomato-basil base and topped with mozzarella cheese. So Good!
(I’ll have to find those two recipes to share with you!)
But last summer when I saw all the fun dishes people were making with spiralized vegetables, I knew I had found a new way to enjoy zucchini 🙂
Zucchini – The Star of Zoodles with Garlic Parmesan Cheese
Zucchini is probably the one vegetable that gets picked on the most. Little kids turn up their noses at the very mention of the name. Adults cringe when the neighbor drops off yet another “gift” from the garden. When we were kids we compared them to baseball bats because they grew so large!
And I think it gets picked on because no one really knows how good it is for you! We all know that carrots are good for our eyes. And we know that the calcium and iron in spinach makes us strong. But what good is zucchini? Besides being tasting delicious in a green salad or between layers of cheese in a veggie lasagna, why should we eat it?
- It is a wonderful source of vitamin C and manganese, as well as dietary fiber which makes it heart healthy
- Pregnant women should eat zucchini because it has folate
- The copper in zucchini helps to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Low in calories but high in water and fiber, it helps with weight loss by keeping you fuller longer
Using a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles is a fun way to get even the pickiest eaters to enjoy this fruit. Yes, zucchini is actually a fruit! And when you combine good-for-you with fun, who can argue with that?!
I’m Looking For More Zucchini Recipes!
Help! I want to make more zucchini this year. Especially if I can create dishes like my Zoodles with Garlic Parmesan Cheese and Tomatoes. Do you have any zucchini recipes you’d like to share? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to give them a try!
And don’t forget, if you aren’t sure of what you are doing in the kitchen but want to eat healthy, you can sign up for my FREE Cooking Basics how-to-tips! You’ll get an email every week for an entire year. That’s 52 helpful kitchen tips! Everything from how to make the perfect fried egg to different ways to prepare vegetables and how to freeze those fruits & veggies you find at the market 🙂
Enjoy and Be Healthy!