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30 Healthy Zucchini Recipes 30 Healthy Zucchini Recipes
July 23, 2020
by Olena

30 Healthy Zucchini Recipes

by Olena

Over 30 Zucchini Recipes to make your favorites more healthy like zucchini bread, zucchini lasagna and even zucchini brownies.

Tex Mex chicken and zucchini

Is it summer? Have you got more than you know what to do with zucchini?

I’ve collected 30 healthy zucchini recipes from my blog that are reader favorites.

Before we dive in, here are some tips for cooking with zucchini I have learnt over a decade making healthy meals for my family.

Cooking with Zucchini Tips

  • Types of zucchini – You can use green or yellow, long or round, squash or zucchini in recipes interchangeably.
  • Don’t overcook – Zucchini consists of over 90% water by weight. Follow the recipe and stop cooking squash when it’s still firm and might appear undercooked.
  • Large garden zucchini – If recipe is calling for small-medium cut in half zucchini, slice large garden zucchini into 2 inch rounds on the angle. sliced zucchini on a cutting board
  • Freezing – Zucchini doesn’t freeze well because of high water content. Only way I would recommend is to freeze cubed or grated and then use in soups and baking later on.
  • Health benefits – Zucchini is a superfood full of vitamins A (improves eye health) and C (boosts immune system and guards against asthma), fiber (lowers cholesterol) and potassium (lowers blood pressure).

So, enjoy these healthy zucchini recipes and let me know which ones you try by rating it in a comment section below.

Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

Mexican Chicken and Zucchini cooked in one skillet with black beans, corn, fresh herbs, taco seasoning and melted cheese on top. One pan, low carb and 30 minutes dinner.

Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks are big on flavor, low calorie and outrageously tasty. Slices of zucchini baked until crispy and cheese melted on top with simple spices.

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters with crispy outside, soft inside and only 5 ingredients. They are perfect for summer zucchini surplus and will disappear at the table.

zucchini fritters

Zucchini Casserole

Cheesy Zucchini Casserole uses 3 lbs of zucchini and is so easy, quick and low carb. So much flavor from garlic, herbs and Parmesan cheese. Yum.

Zucchini Casserole

Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto

This 30 Minute Healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family’s favourite! Minimum ingredients and effort with maximum flavour.

Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna made low carb with layers of zucchini instead of pasta, flavorful turkey tomato sauce and gooey cheese. Classic comfort food experience at only 318 calories per huge slice.

Zucchini Lasagna

Healthy Zucchini Bread

Healthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce, whole wheat flour and low sugar and low fat. Super delicious, easy and moist recipe.

Healthy Zucchini Bread

Caprese Chicken and Zucchini

Caprese Chicken and Zucchini cooked in fresh tomato sauce, with melted buffalo mozzarella cheese on top and garnished with basil. Serve on its own for easy low carb dinner or with spaghetti for a family meal. Buon appetito!

Caprese Chicken & Zucchini

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice and Zucchini

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Recipe with riced cauliflower, garlic and shredded zucchini for an extra vegetable boost.

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice and Zucchini

Zucchini Tomato Bake

Healthy Zucchini Tomato Casserole with garlic and Parmesan in 5 minutes of prep. Serve as low carb side dish or add cooked chicken for a 30 minute dinner.

Zucchini Tomato Bake

Banana Zucchini Muffins

Banana Zucchini Muffins made healthy with whole wheat flour, maple syrup and chocolate bar chunks. Moist and tasty with very little oil.

Banana Zucchini Muffins

Tex Mex Rice and Beans with Zucchini

Tex Mex Rice and Beans Recipe is a 30 minute one pot easy and healthy Mexican rice with zucchini, brown rice, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes and spices

Tex Mex Rice and Beans with Zucchini

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

Healthy and low carb Grilled Zucchini Pizza, Bites or Boats, or whatever you name them. Will satisfy your pizza cravings with low calories in 15 minutes! Use any toppings you wish and that quick balsamic sauce is to die for!!!

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

Healthy Lemon Zucchini Bread

Healthy Lemon Zucchini Bread that is super moist, lemon-y, sweet and so soft. It will blow your mind! Great for dessert and healthy enough for breakfast or  snack.

Healthy Lemon Zucchini Bread

Tuna Zucchini Fritters

Tuna Zucchini Fritters for a 30 minute kid friendly healthy recipe with canned tuna, Parmesan cheese and a hefty dose of vegetables.

Tuna Zucchini Fritters

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread with simple wholesome ingredients in one bowl. Easy, moist and double chocolate quick bread with sneaky veggies.

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Sauteed Zucchini

I could talk about this Sauteed Zucchini for days! How they take 5 minutes. How simple are the ingredients. How tasty it is. And healthy. But don’t trust my words. Try for yourself!

Sauteed Zucchini

Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Pasta with zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and basil is 20 minute healthy dinner that is a summertime must have.

Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Grilled Zucchini

Grilled Zucchini with garlic, oil, salt and pepper is our Ukrainian-Russian family recipe. We grill zucchini along with any meat all summer long.

Grilled Zucchini

Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas in 15 Minutes

Lemon Dill Shrimp Recipe with crunchy zucchini and bursting peas, sautéed with lemon, garlic and dill and ready in 15 minutes.

Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas in 15 Minutes

Chicken Zucchini Casserole

Low Carb Chicken Zucchini Casserole with layers of chicken, zucchini noodles and easy enchilada sauce. Lots of fiber, vegetables and protein.

Chicken Zucchini Casserole

Lemon Zucchini Muffins

Lemon Zucchini Muffins made healthy with whole wheat flour, plain yogurt, zucchini and no refined sugar.

Lemon Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Potato Bake

This healthy Zucchini Potato Bake is inspired by my Ukrainian upbringing. It is chock full of vegetables, contains no whipping cream and just the right amount of cheese and lots of flavour!

Zucchini Potato Bake

Zucchini Banana Bread

Zucchini Banana Bread is easy quick bread perfect for summer baking. Moistened and sweetened with fruit and veggies, it is a hybrid of two favorite breads with virtually no oil.

Healthy Zucchini Muffins

Healthy Zucchini Muffins with applesauce and 3 flour options. Whole wheat or spelt, gluten free and almond flour. Moist and fluffy.

Healthy Zucchini Muffins

Chicken Zucchini and Corn

This Garlic Chicken Zucchini and Corn Recipe is a 20 minute healthy weeknight dinner that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Low carb, easy and one pan deliciousness!

Chicken Zucchini and Corn

Healthy Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Brownies are easy, fudgy and healthy. Kids will eat them up. Taste even better next day.

Healthy Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime is delicious 20 minute, healthy and gluten free dinner idea. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just chop zucchini.

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles Salad

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles Salad Recipe with zucchini pasta, healthy peanut sauce, shrimp or tofu and half amount of calories in under 20 minutes.

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles Salad

Mediterranean Baked Zucchini Sticks

Mediterranean Baked Zucchini Sticks Recipe is crunchy oven roasted zucchini with feta cheese, fresh parsley and no breading.

Mediterranean Baked Zucchini Sticks

Crustless Zucchini Quiche

Melt in your mouth Zucchini Quiche without the crust. Tastes so good cold! Simple ingredients make it an easy quiche recipe to whip up any time life gives you zucchini.

Crustless Zucchini Quiche

Healthy Turkey Burger

Juicy and flavorful Turkey Burger Recipe with 5 simple ingredients. And one secret ingredient holds turkey burgers together without the breadcrumbs.

Healthy Turkey Burger

Greek Chicken Kabobs

Greek Chicken Kabobs Recipe flavoured in as little as 30 minutes marinade, then grilled on skewers with vegetables for the most delicious and healthy chicken souvlaki.

Greek Chicken Kabobs

Quinoa Skillet with Chicken and Garden Veggies

Quinoa Skillet Recipe with chicken breast and vegetables like zucchini, tomato and corn. Healthy chicken and quinoa dinner in less than 40 minutes with leftovers the whole family will love.

Quinoa Skillet with Chicken and Garden Veggies

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33 Healthy Zucchini Recipes: Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

One of our most popular zucchini recipes! Chicken, zucchini, black beans and corn seasoned with fresh herbs and taco seasoning and then cooked in one skillet under blanket of gooey cheese. Low carb 30 minute dinner.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil (avocado or coconut)
  • 1 onion (medium), finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves (large), minced
  • 3 bell peppers (medium), chopped
  • 1 lb boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” chunks
  • 1 tbsp cumin, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 14 oz can low sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 14 oz low sodium diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 2 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning (store bought or homemade Taco Seasoning)
  • 1 cup Tex Mex or Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cilantro, chopped

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper and saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Push vegetables to one side of the skillet. Add chicken and sprinkle with 1 tsp cumin, salt and pepper.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add corn, black beans, tomatoes, zucchini, taco seasoning and remaining cumin. Stir well, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes on low-medium heat.
  5. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, cover and cook until cheese has melted. Garnish with green onion and cilantro. Serve hot on its own; or with quinoa or brown rice.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for 3-4 days.  Do not freeze.

To Reheat: Simmer on low heat in covered skillet for 5 minutes. No additional water or oil is needed to reheat if you use a non-stick skillet.

 

Notes

Do not over cook the zucchini. Zucchini is comprised of 95% water. The longer you cook zucchini, the more water it releases. Follow the recipe and cooking times and do NOT cook until the zucchini appears soft and cooked (or your dinner will be mushy).

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

 

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  1. So many zucchini recipes! I can’t wait to try them! I think I saved at least 25 out of the 30 recipes! Thank you!

  2. The Zucchini Quiche, Greek Chicken Kabobs, and the Mediterranean Zucchini were all delicious. So can’t wait to try the rest of these. Going to grab more zucchini to try some more of these fabulous recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. ?

  3. I commend you on your creativity in these recipes, the combinations are inspiring to try some, I would like to post this in my blog my people would love it, with your permission of course, I would post a short article along with your image, and link it back to your blog for recipe, it can bring you traffic, and fine content for me.Please let me know in posted email, you have a great informative blog, Thanks Chef Ernie

  4. WOW….I can’t wait to try some of these recipes! I recently discovered I LOVE zucchini, but the hubby hates it…kinda makes cooking a bit harder, but I think with some of these recipes, hubby shouldn’t complain too much! Thanks!!! Tammy

    1. Sounds like my kids. Usually lots of cheese on top works. My kids eats zucchini only raw (which I know is shocking), sliced in rounds, great for dipping, or in zucchini muffins or bread – no brainer LOL. Everything else gets a lot of moaning and eye rolling, but because I’m Ukrainian I keep “torturing” them haha. I love zucchini and sometimes they just have to eat it because I am not cooking 2 meals.

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