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
- Rice flour or all-purpose flour
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 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.