32 Zucchini Recipes That Are More Exciting Than Zucchini Bread

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Every summer I overdose on zucchini. Zucchini seems like one of those veggies that matures all at once for everyone ever. One moment you’re craving it, the next you’re drowning in it. It seems like every neighbor and family member in my life gives me grocery bags full of it, as if I’m not getting a ton from my CSA or on epic sale from the farmer’s market.

Then, when fall comes around, it’s like everyone suddenly only remembers how to make zucchini bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love zucchini bread. But how many loaves is too many loaves? Did you know you can eat zucchini in non-bread form? Zucchini is surprisingly versatile and its light taste makes it easy to sneak into other foods, even desserts.

There’s only two bread forms in this list, and I guarantee you they’re better than the bake sale version you’re used to. Here’s 32 ways to use all that zucchini without losing your marbles:

1. Cheesy Zucchini

 

via

via How Does She


 

2. Lemon Loaf with Zucchini

via Intimate Weddings

via Intimate Weddings

Okay, I see you, snarky readers: I know this is bread. But it’s lemon bread. See what I did there? See?


 

3. Baked Zucchini Fries

via The Girl Who Ate Everything

via The Girl Who Ate Everything


 

4. Zucchini Bites

via Free Recipe Network

via Free Recipe Network

These are perfect for making ahead and using in your lunches for the week!


 

5. Sweet Zucchini Pancakes

via Tasty Kitchen

via Tasty Kitchen


 

6. Tuna Zucchini Cakes

via A Messy Kitchen

via A Messy Kitchen


 

7. Braised Chicken with Spinach and Zucchini

via Autostraddle

via Autostraddle


 

8. Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burger

via Simply Recipes

via Simply Recipes


 

9. Zucchini Hummus

via La Cucina Di Kait

via La Cucina Di Kait

Because of course.


 

10. Parmesan Pesto Veggie Sandwich

via Pinch of Yum

via Pinch of Yum


 

11. Zucchini Corn Quesadillas

via Random Anderson

via Random Anderson


 

12. Zucchini, Raisin and Toasted Pine Nut Salad

via Autostraddle

via Autostraddle


 

13. Black Bean, Corn and Zucchini Enchiladas

via Go Vegan Meow

via Go Vegan Meow


 

14. Tuscan Baked Zucchini

via We Have Plenty

via We Have Plenty


 

15. Zucchini Kale Lasagna

via Tri 2 Cook

via Tri 2 Cook

I was initially skeptical of the zucchini lasagna trend, but this recipe deserves five stars. So delicious, trust me.


 

16. Shrimp and Zucchini Pasta

via Kath Eats

via Kath Eats


 

17. Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

via iFood Real

via iFood Real


 

18. Zucchini Cookies

via Little House Living

via Little House Living


 

19. Hashbrowns with Yellow Squash and Zucchini

via 5 Dollar Dinners

via 5 Dollar Dinners


 

20. Tomato and Zucchini Tart with Garlic and Basil

via The Flour Sack

via The Flour Sack

I think this is one of the most delicious-looking foods I’ve ever seen in my entire life.


 

21. Zucchini Potato Fritters

via Chef In You

via Chef In You


 

22. Zucchini Muffins

via Simply Recipes

via Simply Recipes


 

23. Chocolate Zucchini Cake

via Scandi Foodie

via Scandi Foodie


 

24. Zucchini Babka

via Bittersweet Blog

via Bittersweet Blog


 

25. Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

via Kitchen Confidante

via Kitchen Confidante


 

26. Zucchini Summer Pasta Salad

via Autostraddle

via Autostraddle


 

27. Shitake and Zucchini Stir-Fry

via Food Whims

via Food Whims


 

28. Vegetable Tian

via My San Francisco Kitchen

via My San Francisco Kitchen


 

29. Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta

via The Kitchn

via The Kitchn


 

30. Super Easy and Delicious Zucchini Butter

via The Kitchn

via The Kitchn


 

31. Zucchini, Mint and Yogurt Spread

via The Kitchn

via The Kitchn


 

32. Harvest Cake with Goat Cheese and Frosting

via The Kitchn

via The Kitchn


 

What do you think, better than boring old zucchini bread, right? Let me know your favorite zucchini recipes/uses! Best one wins all of my mom’s gigantic zucchini that she’s going to try to give to me in a month.*

*Just kidding, I’m going to make that tomato and zucchini tart one thousand times instead.

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Hansen is the DIY & Food Editor of Autostraddle.com and likes to spend most days making and cooking and writing. She is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Colorado State University in her free time.

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    I’m gonna pass some of these along to my mom. She grows zucchini in her garden, and she waits so long to pick them that they end up being like 3x as long as a football and almost as thick. She could definitely use these recipes.

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    Zucchini might be my favorite vegetable. When I was a kid, my mom would sauté zucchini in garlic and olive oil- simple and delicious.

    The word zucchini is really fun to say and spell.

    I only discovered zucchini bread recently, so I have yet to tire of it. That being said, these recipes look DELICIOUS, and I shall be attempting many of them in the near future. Thanks!

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    Omg I want these in my mouth… maybe not all at once… fuck it, I’d probably try it.

    My grandpa has apparently won a “fake apple pie” contest several times with his zucchini pie, but I’ve never had a chance to try it.

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