Is zucchini worth eating? ;-)
This is a 2-part question.
1) Does zucchini have any nutritional value?
2) Is there any way to cook zucchini that makes it better than so-so? This is the main problem I have with the vegetable. I find it blah. Watery, fairly tasteless. Occasionally I'll grill it, and the grill flavour makes it better, but the zucchini itself just doesn't produce much taste. Am I missing something?
No, you're not missing anything. I like it grilled, or sauteed in a super hot pan.
Decent amount of fiber, and a good amt of vitamin C
zucchini bread is awesone, my husband likes it sauted as FoodChic but with cheddar and salsa as a topping. I like the idea of blue cheese, I will try that next time. Marinated and grilled with other veggies with good cheese on a panini, oh ya!
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I just recently made kolokithokeftedes, also known as zucchini fritters: grated zucchini mixed with fresh mint, feta, a bit of flour & panko and one egg. Drop into oil and fry golden brown. Dip into tsatsiki, and it's heaven.
It's also great as carpaccio, sliced paper-thin, and drizzled with olive oil or walnut oil. Add some crumbled feta and toasted pine nuts. OK, I guess I'm one of those people who really like zukes. My favorite prep is grilled and marinated with olive oil & herbs.
There's a Chow recipe for this carpaccio style. I like to use the smallest gray Mexican squash (like zucchini, but with lighter skin, and slight taper) for this. But I also taste a slice first, to make sure it isn't bitter.
Today I mixed oil, vinegar, salt and pepper on a pretty plate, and then arranged the squash slice on top of that, along with colorful slices of bell pepper and tomato. It's an easy way to create a visually pleasing salad.