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How to bake zucchini

How to bake zucchini

Double-Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake
Photography by Jeff Coulson
Image by: Double-Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake<br>Photography by Jeff Coulson Author: Canadian Living

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How to bake zucchini

If you're looking to get more vegetables into your diet, adding zucchini to your menu is a great start. Healthy zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables. Not only does it go with most flavours, it's also perfect to include in your main course, appetizer and side dish, or to enjoy as a healthy snack.

How to bake zucchini for lunch or dinner
Stuck on what to make for lunch or dinner? Tossing zucchini into traditional meals like lasagna and casserole is a great way to spruce up your regular menu. Cut zucchini into thin slices, top with some parmesan cheese and layer it into a classic lasagna or a meat loaf casserole (see recipes below) before baking it. It'll give your meals a delectable new taste -- and a healthy twist.

How to bake zucchini for a side dish
Zucchini is also great as a light side dish. Replace calorie-packed fries for scrumptious baked zucchini fries (recipe below). All it takes is mixing up zucchini slices with bread crumbs, flour, eggs and garlic powder. Then pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes. This tasty alternative to French fries is also a great way to sneak some veggies into your child's meals.

How to bake zucchini for dessert
There aren't many vegetables that would make a good dessert, but zucchini makes the cut. Zucchini makes a great addition to a variety of loaves. Check out the next page for some delicious and

Baked zucchini recipes:

1. Couscous and Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini
This all-in-one entrée uses fresh herbs and vegetables that are available all year round. To make it a side dish, simply divide the filling among six to eight small zucchini.

2. Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini
This slow-roasted dish is ideal for using up garden zucchini before they get too large. Stuff them loosely so the rice can expand as it cooks. Look for a robust sausage with lots of flavour.

3. Zucchini Meat Loaf Casserole
Cooking for your whole family or a large crowd? They'll go crazy for this easy-to-make vegetables and meat loaf casserole.

4. Baked Zucchini Fries
Kids will love this take on fries, even though they're secretly made from an unexpected vegetable.

5. Individual Zucchini Lasagnas
Whether you're a single person dining with a friend, a student sharing an apartment or a couple without kids, this is an easy and delectable zucchini entree for duet dining.

6. Double-Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake (Pictured above)
A double dose of chocolate gives this cake its rich flavour.

7. Zucchini Loaf
Don't let anything from an overflowing garden of zucchini go to waste. Bake some loaves to enjoy with fruit for dessert, a quick snack or even breakfast on the run.

8. Zucchini Stuffed with Tomato, Cheese and Matzo
This vegetarian main dish is light but deliciously satisfying -- perfect as a side dish or to serve as a party appetizer.

9. Cheddar and Sausage Pie with Zucchini
This savoury pie using convenient store-bought pizza dough as a base resembles a cross between quiche and pizza. Salting the zucchini removes the excess liquid and intensifies the taste, making it a perfect partner for sausage and sharp Canadian Cheddar cheese.

10. Lemon, Zucchini and Canadian Feta Tart
This savoury tart makes a delicious appetizer, or serve it as an entree with a side salad. Keep the puff pastry cold until ready to use to guarantee a flaky texture.

11. Baked Penne with Beef, Zucchini and Fontina Cheese
This entree makes for a delicious family dinner and leftovers are ideal to take to work or school in vacuum bottles.

12. Zucchini Sun-Dried Tomato Tartlets
These savoury little quiche-like morsels freeze for up to two weeks and reheat exceptionally well.

Looking for more great ideas? Try our easy zucchini recipes.


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