Fun Facts about Zucchini:

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  • A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
  • The longest zucchini courgette measures 8 feet and 3.3 inches in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
  • The word “zucchini” comes from Italy pronounced “zucchino,” meaning a small squash.

 

Health Benefits of Zucchini:

  • Zucchini is low in calories, low in saturated fat and sodium, and very low in cholesterol.
  • Zucchini has a high water content allowing for boosted hydration.
  • It’s high in dietary fiber which helps aid digestion.
  • It’s high in vitamin A which promotes eye and heart health and is found to boost energy levels and lowering blood sugar levels.

 

Cooking with Zucchini:

  • The biggest is NOT the best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small to medium-sized.
  • Unlike cucumber, zucchini is usually served cooked. It can be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques, including steamed, boiled, grilled, stuffed and baked, barbecued, fried, or incorporated in other recipes.
  • Zucchini can also be baked into a bread similar to banana bread or incorporated into a cake mix similar to carrot cake.
  • Zucchini can be spiralized and made into a pasta dish!

 

Recipe using Zucchini:

  • Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries
  • Ingredients:
    • Zucchini
    • Rice flour or all-purpose flour
    • Breadcrumbs
    • Unsweetened almond milk
    • Paprika
    • Garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions:
    • Combine rice flour and seasonings in a bowl.
    • Set up three “work stations”. The almond milk in one bowl, the flour mixture in a separate bowl, and the breadcrumbs on a plate.
    • Dip a zucchini fry in the flour mixture, then dunk in the almond milk, then roll in the breadcrumbs.
    • Transfer the zucchini fries to a lined baking sheet.
    • Bake the zucchini fries for 20 minutes or broil them for 2-3 minutes to get them nice and golden brown! Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

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