Zucchini can usually be found in stores year-round, even though they are a summer squash.  It is a versatile vegetable which is tender and often provides a slightly sweet taste to a dish.  According to Livestrong.com, “at just 21 calories per cup, it makes a welcome addition to a calorie-controlled diet. Zucchini boasts a rich nutritional profile and it offers health benefits thanks to its phytonutrients, vitamin, and mineral content.”

Zucchini is rich in Vitamin C, Lutein, Zeaxanthan, and Manganese.  For the biggest nutritional punch, try eating your fresh zucchini raw.  Just scrub gently, cut into long sticks, and serve with your favorite condiment such as hummus or dip them into a flavor-infused olive oil.

But served warm, zucchini can take on some amazing flavors too.  These zucchini fritters are awesome and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil or 1 Tbsp. dried
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour or chick pea flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper or to taste
  • Coconut oil for sautéing

Instructions:

  1. Grate the zucchini.  Place zucchini in a colander set in the sink and toss with 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let stand 10 minutes, and then wring zucchini dry in a clean kitchen towel to remove moisture.
  2. Place zucchini in a large bowl and toss with flour.
  3. Mix in egg, garlic, basil, oregano, lemon zest, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  4. Heat coconut oil in cast iron skillet.
  5. Drop zucchini mix by large spoonful and flatten.
  6. Sauté on both side until golden brown.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, or another one of your favorite healthy dips.

Source:

The Health Benefits of Zucchini | LIVESTRONG.COM (n.d.).  Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/334127-the-health-benefits-of-zucchini/