How many of you out there planted vegetable gardens this year? Those of you who follow Kate and me on Instagram know that we were out of town this week, and the day that I left, my husband walked in with a giant basket of zucchini and squash from the garden, and now that I’m back there’s a million more! So I’ve been wracking my brain for all of the ways I can eat it up and I figured if that’s what I was doing, surely others are in the same boat. So here’s a good start- a list of our favorite zucchini and squash recipes; many of these OBB reader favorites, and most can be made with either traditional green zucchini or yellow squash. We’ll be adding to this list continually, so check back using the link I’ll add to our sidebar! Take a look at these links, pin for future reference, and feel free to leave a comment at the end of the post with your favorite way to eat these garden goodies!
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
This moist, chocolatey quick bread is one of the most popular recipes on our site, and for good reason. It’s quick to make, has amazing flavor, and a sugary crackled top.
Basically, it tastes like dessert.
Orange-Scented Zucchini Bread
This zucchini bread is dotted with tiny green specks and has underlying scents of fresh bursts of orange. It’s incredibly moist and makes a great breakfast or snack!
One-Bowl Zucchini Banana Muffins
This recipe is actually exclusive to our second book, the Nationally Bestselling “Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites.” I just wanted to include the photo here so those of you with the book can turn to page 75 and whip them up! These are one of my kiddo’s faves.
This might be my newest most favorite. Sliced zucchini or squash (or a combo of both!) in a light and creamy sauce, topped with melty cheese and toasted breadcrumbs. This might even win over zucchini haters! A must try for summer.
Grilled Stuffed Zucchini
This is our unique twist on the old-school zucchini boat. People tell us this family friendly re-make tastes like pizza! Grilled on the BBQ, it’s a great summer favorite.
Baked Zucchini Fries
Kids and adults alike with go crazy for these crispy, crunchy veggie fries. My kids love dipping these in ranch dressing. It’s one of the few ways they eat veggies without complaining!
Lemon-Herb Zucchini Fettuccini
This is probably my all-time favorite summer zucchini recipe. Everyone who makes it, loves it. It’s full of fresh herbs, bright lemon juice, and savory parmesan. Make it; you’ll love it!
Zucchini Ribbon Pasta with (Light!) Creamy Lemon-Basil Sauce
This is a fantastic little trick to lighten up traditional pasta recipes. This one features simple roasted tomatoes, and a light creamy sauce.
As I mentioned last week when I posted this- I am going to be making this ALL summer long. Possibly my favorite new dish to use a mountain of garden veggies, not just zucchini and yellow squash. Try it in a bowl, with a sandwich, or over rice, couscous or polenta.
Tortellini Sausage Soup
Make an extra big batch of this soup and freeze it in containers for quick dinners during the rest of the summer. This is an OBB reader favorite!
How to Plant a Vegetable Garden
If all of these recipes have you inspired now, check out this great post about how to plant your own veggie garden. It may be too late for you this year, but you can plan ahead for next year!
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Now tell us- what’s your favorite way to eat zucchini??