23 Zucchini Recipes for Good People of the World

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Once again, I’m here to defend a delicious and nutritious food that every person with a heart loves and adores. Zucchinis are one of my top all-time favorite plant-based foods. I call them a plant-based food because I usually say vegetable, but they’re a squash, so like, does that mean they’re not literally vegetables? Or like, they’re culinary vegetables but not botanical vegetables? Who knows? Really, all that I know is that zucchinis (or zukes, as I like to call them) are damn healthy, damn versatile and damn delicious. They really are so terrific that every good person likes them.

You can make zoodles (zucchini noodles), you can use them as a ingredient in soups or pasta, you can eat them as appetizers or side dishes, you can even make them into absolutely wonderful baked goods (probably my favorite). There’s a kind of zucchini dish for everyone.

Look at the pure joy (get it? because her wife’s name is Jenny Owen Youngs) on Kristin Russo’s face while she holds a zoodle. How you can you look at that beautiful, adorable face and say that zucchinis aren’t wonderful and liked by everyone? Only a bad person, someone who truly doesn’t have your best interests in mind, would say that.

Now, So, if you love Zucchinis (and who doesn’t) or Kristin, or hey, even just me, please comment below.


1. Zucchini Parmesan Crisps


2. Zucchini Muffins


3. Zoodle Pad Thai


4. Fried Zucchini


5. Creamy Red Pepper Zoodle Alfredo


6. Zucchini Brownies


7. Zucchini Hash Browns

Zucchini Bread Ice Cream

8. Zucchini Bread Ice Cream


9. Zesty Zucchini Spaghetti


10. Summer Squash Carpaccio


11. Dark Chocolate Zucchini Waffles


12. Potato and Zucchini Frittata


13. Zoodle Pappardelle with Tomatoes and Feta


14. Zoodles with Kale Pesto and Edamame


15. Silky Zucchini Soup


16. Flourless Peanut Butter Zucchini Brownies


17. Whole-Wheat Cherry Tomato and Zucchini Pan Pizza


18. Zoodles with Chicken and Ginger Dressing


19. Shrimp and Zucchini Barley Risotto

Scallops in Zucchini Nests

20. Scallops in Zoodle Nests


21. Zucchini Fettuccine and Cauliflower Alfredo


22. Crunchy Zucchini Rounds with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese


23. Zucchini Cake

Mey Rude is a fat, trans, Latina lesbian living in LA. She's a writer, journalist, and a trans consultant and sensitivity reader. You can follow her on twitter, or go to her website if you want to hire her.

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  1. Imo yellow summer squash is a bit better than zucchini on it’s own but I’m still #teamzucchini. Yeah Erin’s recipes are great but can I eat them while eating zucchini too? Yeah. Like I just made the best zucchini pasta a few nights ago.

    Also I forgot that zucchini cake is a thing, I need to do that!

  2. Thanks for this list Mey. These look great. I hope to be able to eat all the nightshade related plants again soon it’s driving me nuts not being able to but I’m seeing the immunologist again soon so …..with luck….who knows?

  3. Wait, what about
    … zucchini boats
    … stuffed zucchini flowers
    … zucchini roulades
    … semi-hot zucchini salad (which I learned from my landlady when I was an intern in Vienna one summer and survived because zucchini were the cheapest food to grab)

    Of course you might over-eat, thats what my best friend did once, when their mother grew zucchini in their garden and served it each and every day, each and every day… ;) But there are so many options to vary, so it should take a week or two ;)

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