Everyone knows that eating vegetables is healthy, but sometimes it's hard to incorporate vegetables into convenient and tasty dishes. Enter zucchini. At only 25 calories per serving, zucchini is great for adding volume to your meals, which makes you feel fuller. It's also high in antioxidants and has been found to help prevent cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Now you know this miracle veggie is super healthy, but, more important for you broke college kids, it's relatively cheap at a little over a dollar a pound. But like anything else, zucchini can get really boring when it's prepared the same way over and over. I had my eureka moment with zucchini when I made this double chocolate zucchini bread.
With that, here are some recipes to help you integrate zucchini into breakfast, dessert and everything in between.
1. Zucchini Oats: "Zoats"
Savory breakfast fans, this is for you. You can even make this burrito ahead of time and freeze it for a quick microwavable breakfast on the go.
Listen up chocoholics. This recipe adds a healthy twist to your not-so-healthy obsession. Somehow, the zucchini moistens these muffins and complements the rich chocolatey flavor without tasting like you're eating your vegetables.
Save yourself the guilt of snacking on chips. Make this recipe on Sunday afternoon and have a supply of healthy chips waiting for you all week to ward off the #hanger.
#SpoonTip: Make your zucchini chips appetizer-worthy at your next party with these zucchini nachos.
5. Zucchini Fritters
A wise man once told me, "cheese makes everything better." The gooey ricotta in this recipe scientifically proves that.
Whether you're missing summer or are just looking for an easy dish to bring to that potluck you forgot about, this recipe is the answer. All you need is a cutting board and a pan. Bam. You've got a tasty salad on your hands.
These fancy dinner rolls are an easy way to make yourself feel super sophisticated while getting a healthy dose of veggies (zucchini and carrots) with your carbs. Even though we both know you're probably in bed eating off a paper plate with a plastic fork. Don't worry. I won't tell.
8. Zucchini Noodles: "Zoodles"
If you keep up with the latest food trends, I'm sure you've heard about zucchini noodles. They've swept the internet in the last few months as a low-carb alternative to pasta. Try this recipe if you want to step up your "zoodle" game with a play on shrimp scampi, and, while you're in the mood, check out what other foods you can spiralize.
Even the biggest carnivore you know won't miss the meat in this recipe. Who knew you could get such authentic Italian meatball flavor with no meat at all?
You're allowed to have pizza every night when you use this recipe. Substituting halved zucchinis for pizza dough will satisfy all of your deep-dish cravings without killing your diet.
12. Zucchini Burger
Yes, you read that correctly. No need to scroll back up. With this recipe, the words "zucchini" and "burger" actually do belong in the same sentence.
These zucchini brownies are just as chocolatey as your normal brownie, but with far fewer calories and a lot more nutritional value. Top a warm slice with a scoop of ice cream for maximum enjoyment.
Now, all that's left to do is buy some zucchini and get cooking. If you're still having trouble fitting in your recommended daily vegetable intake check out this article for sneaky college student-approved ways to eat more veggies.