Zucchini is one of the great standby vegetables of the Mediterranean. Most Mediterranean countries have their own versions of zucchini fritters, ratatouille, zucchini with eggs, and zucchini with potatoes. My latest video recipe (above) is a simple zucchini and yellow squash sautéed with roasted almonds. In just a few minutes you will have a delicious side dish for dinner or even a main course for lunch. With the addition of the almonds and extra virgin olive oil, this dish can be a complete meal that includes healthful fats, protein, and carbohydrates. To add a bit more protein, you could sprinkle with Parmesan or feta cheese; or it could be a topping for fish, chicken. You can also serve this over rice and pasta dishes. Serve with a Greek salad and some crusty whole wheat bread and you have yourself a meal! Zucchini is a low calorie, anti-inflammatory vegetable that has as much potassium as a banana and is a good source of vitamin C. It is as popular here in the U.S. as it is in the Mediterranean. Zucchini is incredibly easy to grow, quite abundant, and all come up at once which is why people scramble every year to cook and give away as much as possible. With the recent interest in gluten free diets, zucchini pasta has also become quite popular. This is simply zucchini that is sliced into thin strips using a spiralizer, mandoline or a serrated peeler, dropped in boiling water for a minute, plunged into a cold water bath and drained. It is than treated as if it were regular pasta, served with sauce and often with some version of meatballs. Just as zucchini is abundant, so are zucchini recipes. I hope you enjoy the video recipe above. Many more zucchini recipes to come!
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