I made the Zucchini Bake with Tomato, Garlic, and Parmesan as a side dish to take to a dinner party this evening. The cost to prepare was very reasonable, it was quick to prep, the clean up easy, and most importantly, everyone enjoyed it. I used 4 Zucchini, that was a total of 2.5 pounds, My husband rates all the recipes I try on a scale of 1 – 10, to be a keeper it must be at least 8.5, this recipe he gave a 9! Success! It’s very tasty, and healthy too! Thank you Olena, for the wonderful recipe.
2 large or 2.5 lbs zucchini, cut into quarters
10 oz grape tomatoes, cut in halves or 2 large tomatoes, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp any dried herbs like basil, oregano or Italian
3/4 tsp salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup parsley or basil, finely chopped
Cooking spray (I use Misto)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 8 x 8 or 9 x 11 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients, except parsley/basil; stir to combine.
Transfer to a prepared baking dish and bake uncovered for 25 minutes for crunchy zucchini or 35 minutes if you like well cooked vegetables. I recommend checking for doneness with a fork or knife after 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven, garnish with basil or parsley and serve hot/warm.
Made this today. I only put 1/4 cup of the parmesan in the mix, left the other 1/4 cup to sprinkle on top before baking. Also added a splash of extra virgin olive oil on top. Very good! This would be a great meatless Monday recipe with a nice crusty loaf of bread.
I love this crispy parmesan garlic chicken with zucchini. Hust looking at it makes me crave for this delicious food. I pinned it on my pinterest account. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.
2 Chicken Breasts, sliced in half, or 4 thin chicken breasts
8 Tablespoons butter, divided
½ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon grated parmesan, divided
¼ cup flour
2 medium zucchini, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 Tablespoons butter. To make the chicken: Melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then coat in the bread crumb mixture and place in skillet.
Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked throughout. Set aside on plate.
Add 2 Tablespoons of butter back to the skillet and saute the minced garlic for a minute. Add the zucchini to the skillet and saute until tender. Salt and pepper to taste and add some 1 Tablespoon parmesan. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for a minute or so. Serve immediately.
I made this for my family tonight and it was a winner! Loved the coating on the chicken and how the bits of coating and garlic gave the zucchini a fresh new taste and presentation
Yaaaaaay congratulations on baby’s first tooth! So exciting! I bet he’s growing so quickly! I’m loving this new take on your classic meal – the second I saw it pop up in my feed, I knew it was a classic Primavera Kithen Especiale 😉 I could eat this every single day!
1lborganic extra-lean ground beef
1garlic clove— minced
½cupred bell pepper
2 ½cupsweet potato— diced (cut very small)
¼cupbeef broth or water
1medium zucchini— quartered
1/3cuptomato passata— tomato sauce works too
1/8teaspooncrushed red pepper— optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fresh parsley— chopped
FOR THE MEAL PREP
In an iron cast skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add ground beef and garlic. Use a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef while it cooks. Stir occasionally and cook for about 7 minutes. Set aside.
Add onions, red bell pepper to the same skillet, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are soft. If it is necessary, add a little bit of olive oil to help sauté the veggies.
Add sweet potato and beef broth. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Put a lid on the skillet. The steam will help to cook faster the sweet potato. Stir occasionally.
Add the zucchini and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the ground beef to skillet again and mix everything together.
Add the Dijon, tomato passata, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for 1-2 minutes more.
Garnish with fresh parsley.
Place an even amount of cauliflower rice into 5 different plastic/glass containers.
Divide this ground beef zucchini sweet potato recipe into 4-5 portions.
Cover with the lid and place in the fridge for up 5 days.
Nat, do you believe I’ve never made a zucchini bread before??? And it is sad to say that I’ve never eaten a zucchini bread before. You’ve inspired to try this recipe soon 😉 Your recipe looks AMAZING, friend!! It is great that you used half the amount of sugar, half whole wheat flour and greek yogurt. It should be very delicious!!
1 cup white, unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1–1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium zucchini, about 1 pound, will be about 2 cups once shredded
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup plain, non fat greek yogurt
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with the oven rack in the middle position. Line 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with 2 sheets parchment paper, 1 running the length and 1 running the width, both cut to fit. This will make it extremely easy to lift the zucchini bread out of the pan. I use binder clips to clamp down the parchment paper so it stays in place.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine.
Shred the zucchini using the coarse holes on a box grater, both peel and flesh. Place the shredded zucchini in a clean dish towel (or strong paper towels), and squeeze out any extra moisture. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the shredded zucchini, white sugar, honey, greek yogurt, eggs, and coconut oil. Stir to combine.
Transfer the shredded zucchini and wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Fold until combined.
Transfer the batter to the parchment lined loaf pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a wooden inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper and cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
Wrap bread in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 3 days.
I just love those cute pizza boats!!! I can’t believe it’s only takes 25 min. to make them. Thanks for sharing!!!
4-5medium zucchinihalved lengthwise
1teaspoonoreganofresh or dry
1 1/2cupsmozzarella cheeseshredded
salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil. and oregano.
Lay zucchini halves on pre-pared baking sheet and brush with garlic olive oil mixture. Top with about a 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce then with a generous drizzle of shredded mozzarella cheese. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and almost golden. Remove from oven and serve warm. Eat with hands or use a fork and knife. Enjoy!
Delicious!!! I made this tonight for tomorrow’s snack, and had to stop myself from eating the whole thing right out of the oven! I neglected to read the directions all the way through, and mixed everything together before putting it in the oven for 15 minutes, and then under the broiler for 5. Yumm-o!!
1 lb zucchini, each cut in half across the middle, then each half quartered lengthwise
1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic cloves
1 Tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Herbes de Provence or dried thyme, or 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped thyme
1 Toss zucchini and garlic with olive oil, spread out onto lined sheet pan: Preheat oven to 450°F. Make sure there is a rack on the top rack spot in the oven. Place the zucchini and garlic in a bowl and toss with olive oil.
Spread the zucchini out onto a foil or silicone-lined sheet pan, skin side down. Sprinkle with salt (1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon).
2 Roast zucchini until it starts to brown, toss with herbs, salt, pepper: Roast the zucchini for 8-15 minutes, or until it begins to brown. (Start checking at about 7 minutes and keep checking every few minutes.)
Once the zucchini has started to brown at the edges, remove it from the oven and place the zucchini in a bowl. Gently mix in the herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
This is my favorite kind of recipe – quick, easy, and delicious (and healthy to boot)! Thank you so much for sharing it. The one thing I’ll do differently next time is TRUST YOU when you say 5 minutes plus just 2 or 3 more. I left them in for about 15 min (they were not getting brown – probably due to too much oil brushed on), so they came out pretty mushy, though still totally delicious. This is definitely my new go-to zucchini dish!
10These look scrumptious! I love this idea! We typically roast our zucchini and squash – but this idea is genius! I think my kids will love these as well – very kid-friendly! Thanks for ANOTHER fabulous idea!
As far as calorie counting – I do it because I think it can be a really valuable way for people to stay on track. But I also monitor my carbs/fat/protein. It’s so easy to mindlessly nibble throughout the day, but when you have to record everything … it sometimes makes me think twice. I think it’s also important to remember not to ‘live’ by the number of calories you are allotted in any particular day – simply be mindful of what you eat. I’m definitely not going to deprive myself – anything in moderation! I should say that counting calories may not work for everyone – find what works for you!
Oh – and I’m totally a carb-girl, too!!
2-3 small zucchini, sliced into fry shapes
1/4 cup flour (I used chickpea flour to offer a gluten-free option, but I don’t see why regular flour shouldn’t also work.) (24g)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup milk of choice
1 cup breadcrumbs (I made my own by toasting Ezekiel bread and processing it in a food processor. If you’re gluten-free, use gf bread.) (40g)
Zucchini fries recipe: Preheat oven to 420F. Lightly grease a cooling rack, place it on a baking tray, and set aside. Set up an assembly line: flour and spices in one bowl, milk in another, and breadcrumbs in a third. Dip each zucchini stick in the flour, then the milk, then the breadcrumbs. Place on the cooling rack. Bake 18-19 minutes, or until desired crispiness is reached. Makes 40-45 fries.
Delicious! Quick, easy prep. The control on my oven just went out and I couldn’t use the broil function, so I just turned off the oven after 20 minutes and baked them a couple more minutes. Even without broiling to finish them off, they were crispy and delicious. My husband loved them. I served them with organic marinara and that was delicious. I think ranch would be great, too. I also looked up your spicy appetizer sauce and will make it in the future when I have more time. Husband is diabetic, so I am always searching for reduced-carb recipes. It’s especially hard to find recipes for crispy, crunchy foods. I wonder if larger zucchini would work for those who said theirs was soggy since they tend to be drier. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
3/4cupGrated parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Line and lightly grease a baking sheet. (Parchment paper works best, but foil might be okay if you grease it very well.)
Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise 4 times (to make eight long sticks from each squash). Then cut the sticks once crosswise, making 16 sticks from each squash, approximately 4 in (10 cm) long and 1/2 in (1 cm) thick. If the zucchini sticks feel “wet”, pat them dry with paper towels.
Prepare two shallow bowls – one with beaten egg and one with a mixture of grated parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and black pepper. Dip each squash stick in the egg, shake off the excess, then press into the parmesan mixture, coating all sides. (Use one hand for the egg and the other for the parmesan, to avoid getting too much egg in the parmesan which will make it clumpy.) Place on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer without touching.
Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping the fries and rotating the pan halfway through, until fairly dark golden.
Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until darker golden and crispy.
Vegan and gluten-free Creamy Chili Sauce with Zucchini, Spinach and Pasta. An incredibly creamy, rich and yet light with no oil or butter. Just whole food ingredients. So much flavor from Italian dried herbs and chili powder and tomato sauce.
If there was ever a throw-together meal that turned out amazing, this is it!! I’m sharing another sauce and pasta dish today. Sauces are one of my favorite things to create, as if it wasn’t obvious by now. My collection is huge. Wellll, this is sooooo good, creamy, amazing, filling, “restaurant-worthy”, as my hubby said. You all wanted this recipe sooo bad when I shared this quick phone snap of my dinner 2 nights ago. Regardless of the fact that I’m a blogger, I do not like to measure ingredients. In fact, I’m a throw-together kind of cook, and even baker. A lot of my dinners I just throw together on instinct and taste as I go. I’ve always done the same when I create cakes, cookies, etc. I have literally had to make myself start writing things down as I’m creating, in case it turns out, I can easily remake it and post it here. I do that now for my baked goods, except for cookies. If I’m craving cookies, I hardly ever measure, unless I’m following a specific recipe of mine, I will just throw everything into a bowl. I’m always pressed for time, so measuring takes longer. However, it is very important to get the right amounts for a recipe to be posted, so the results turn out right for you guys. In that case, I’m very precise in what I post here.
This recipe today, Creamy Chili Sauce with Zucchini, Spinach and Pasta, is infused with a good dose of chili powder (hence the name). I mean, look at all those yummy specks of chili powder in the sauce.
I wasn’t even thinking of creating for the blog, I was just in a hurry to make dinner. As you know, I share my dinners and lunches often with you all on Facebook and IG. Well, I quickly rushed to remake this one and actually write down measurements so I could share the recipe, since the response was so big. So, I hope you are all happy and scarf it down in mere seconds the way my family did. It is THAT GOOD.
I love proving you don’t need animal products to make a delicious dish. Vegan substitutes are soooo easy. Instead of dairy cow milk, I love to use cashew milk, coconut milk and even almond milk. My favorite is cashew milk though, homemade, because it is the creamiest.
2 cups dry elbow pasta (I used GF brown rice pasta. You can use spiral or other short pasta, but wouldn’t recommend long noodles)
1 cup low-sodium veggie broth or water, more as needed (I used broth for more flavor)
1 loosely filled cup (130 g) finely chopped onion
2 small zucchini (365 g), sliced into rounds 1/4 inch thick, then in 1/4th’s (see video)
1 cup homemade cashew milk (SEE NOTE below how to make & regarding subs)
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon dried Italian spice blend (I use the McCormick blend, you want one with no salt or red pepper added)
1/2-1 tablespoon chili powder (SEE NOTE, not habanero, just a standard American chili powder. McCormick or Fiesta brand is good)
4 large handfuls fresh spinach (100 g)
1 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt (notice in directions you are adding salt at different times)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
optional: 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
Make sure your veggies are chopped/prepared at the beginning, as the sauce comes together pretty quickly.
Begin by bringing a large pot of water to boil for your pasta. Adding a lid will make it boil faster. Make sure to salt your water well so the pasta is well seasoned.
Add the onion and broth to a large sauce pan over medium heat. Once it begins to simmer, cook 5 mins and then add the zucchini and just 1/4 teaspoon of salt at this time. Stir well and add cover. Turn the heat down to medium-low. It’s important to cover the zucchini so it cooks through well. Let it all cook about 8 minutes until the zucchini is nice and tender (no longer crunchy), but not mushy. Check it a couple of times to stir it and make sure there is enough broth, if necessary to keep the zucchini cooking, add a little bit more. You basically want most of the liquid gone though before the next step.
You can find complete recipes of this Creamy Chili Sauce with Zucchini, Spinach and Pasta in thevegan8.com
Hope your weekend was lovely! I spent mine in Chicago with my good friend Meagan; it was her 26th birthday and I couldn’t think of a better way to help her ring it in then with a girl’s weekend. By the way, thank you for all of the wonderful restaurant and bakery recommendations – you guys are the best!
I might have had little too much fun in Chicago. Basically I’m in need of a MAJOR detox. I chowed down on churros, a bottle of wine, and probably an entire platter of chips and guac. HELP.
We even hit up a yoga sculpt class in Streeterville. I think it was one of the best workouts I’ve ever had. Which totally gave me permission to eat more food, right? Wrong. Churros = no bueno for the thighs.
There was one thing I was really happy about though, and it’s that this lasagna was sitting in my freezer when I got home. I made it last weekend and froze half so that I could enjoy it later. Thank goodness because now I have something healthy for dinner this week.
If you’ve never experienced zucchini lasagna, you’re in for a delicious surprise! The zucchini replaces the noodles and is topped with layers of an incredible turkey meat sauce and lots of ricotta and mozzarella. Next time I’d probably add mushrooms, pepperoni slices, or perhaps more roasted veggies. Either way, it’s love!
Cheesy, protein-packed, low carb and you get your veggies in. What more is there to say?! You must try this lovely dinner!
4 large zucchini, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
1 – 14 oz can tomato sauce
1 – 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoon dried oregano
handful of basil, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
handful of parsley, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
red pepper flakes, if desired
salt and pepper, to taste
15 oz part skim ricotta
1 egg white
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 oz reduced fat or part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Place sliced zucchini on large baking sheet coated with non stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes to help dry out the zucchini a bit. This is a critical step.
While the zucchini noodles are roasting, you can make the turkey meat sauce. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, onions, and peppers and cook a few minutes until onions become translucent and garlic is fragrant; stir occasionally so that you don’t burn it. Add in ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Add in tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, parsley, and a few dashes of red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until sauce REALLY thickens up! Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat to cool.
You can find complete recipes of this Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Meat Sauce in ambitiouskitchen.com