From Breakfast to Dessert: 5 Ways to Use Your Zucchinis

Who knew vegetables could be so versatile?
Aug 11, 2011
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.

National Sneak Zucchinis Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day has come and gone. What to do with the rest of your seemingly endless supply of the vegetable? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are five recipes to put those zukes to use.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread With Blueberries and Pecans

Zucchinis for breakast? Yup. With blueberries to boot.

Kalyn, of the food blog Kalyn's Kitchen, took her abundant supply of zukes and turned them into a sweet morning edible. She threw in blueberries on a whim, but if you don't have those on hand you can try another fruit, she says, or an extra cup of zucchini. Find the full recipe at Kalyn's Kitchen.  

(Photo: Kalyn's Kitchen)

Cold Zucchini and Summer Squash Soup

When it comes to summer soups, most people think of gazpacho. We're not knocking it—gazpacho's delicious—but there are plenty of other cold soups to beat the heat, like this Cold Zucchini and Summer Squash Soup recipe rom Two Kitchens.

As temperatures climbed in Los Angeles and food blogger Mariana began to feel a little guilty for neglecting her  batch of zucchinis from the farmer's market, she did what her grandma taught her and put those veggies to good use.

If you have a lot of zucchini on your hands, this recipe is the one to try. It requires six to nine zukes and squashes. Find the full recipe at Two Kitchens.

Photo: Two Kitchens

Zucchini Pickles

If you've been keeping up with food fads lately (or grew up in a house that pickled) you've probably learned that cucumbers aren't the only veggie that can be pickled. Last week we showed you how to pickle eggplant. This week we've got Andrea Meyers' zucchini recipe.

No processing required—just pack the veggies into pickling jars and add the brine. Stick them in the fridge for 24 hours and presto! You've got yourself a cold snack for a hot day. Find the full recipe at Andrea Meyers' Recipes.

(Photo: Andrea Meyers' Recipes)

Meat, Tomato, and Mozzerella Stuffed Zucchini Cups

We tapped into Kalyn's Kitchen for a second time to bring you a pairing you have to try. Joking that her zucchini supply is "on surplus status," Kalyn got creative and whipped up an idea that will surely satisfy the meat lovers at your table.

This recipe requires a little more work than the others, but trust us, it's worth it. When warm, golden brown treats emerge from your oven, you won't think twice about few extra steps. Find the full recipe at Kalyn's Kitchen.

(Photo: Kalyn's Kitchen)

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

At the request—or helpful hinting—of a coworker, Em at The Repressed Pastry Chef gave chocolate zucchini cake a try. The result? Some very happy coworkers.

"This cake received uber-raves from all who tried it," she says.

Now we're not promising this recipe will keep your waistline trim, but we can assure that you'll convince even non-zucchini eaters to give the multipurpose veggie a try. And besides, everything's good in moderation, right? Right. Find the full recipe at The Repressed Pastry Chef. 

Photo: The Repressed Pastry Chef
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