With summer just around the corner, I’m starting to feel excited for when life (hopefully and safely) goes back to normal, so I can go to the first local farmer’s market of the season and buy a big bag of freshly grown summer produce. One of my favorites to buy in summer is zucchini.
You can cook with zucchini in a surprising variety of ways—and another surprise is that it's not even actually a vegetable! They’re treated as veggies in our kitchens, but really, they’re fruits, with the proper name of Cucurbita Pepo.
There are a couple different varieties of zucchini: Regular zucchini (usually green in color), golden zucchini (gold, obviously) and globe zucchini or eight-ball zucchini that’s round and soft-ball sized. According to Live Eat Learn, some zucchinis even grow to reach 7 feet.
One of the most common ways people use zucchini these days is in the form of “zoodles," and, in case you've been living under a rock, "zoodles" is a mash-up of the words "zucchini" and "noodles."
But, you can do many other things with them: You can make baked parmesan zucchini, sauté zucchini slices, chop it and throw it into an omelet or put it in something like a summer-style minestrone soup.
My favorite way to use it right now is in zucchini bread. Zucchini bread recipes can be altered in many ways to be sweeter or savorier. I personally like this recipe by Brittany from Eating Bird Food.
Almond flour makes it vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it includes bananas, and I also love banana bread as a snack. This recipe is also a bit on the sweeter side since it uses dairy-free chocolate chips. I also like to add some walnuts or another type of nut for extra crunch.
Want more vegan gluten-free recipes to try? Here are some more delicious ideas to ponder!
Healthy Green 5 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Parfait
Vegan Banana Bread with No Added Sweeteners
Oat Flour Banana Pancakes
Vegan Blueberry Lemon Muffins
3 Ingredient Healthy Homemade Samoa Cookies
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