The best time to harvest zucchini is in the summer when the heat goes up. Zucchini is full of vitamin A and a host of several other nutrients that make it a healthy and colorful addition to your summer dinner. You can make zucchini with a lot of variations. Stir in a little bit of grated parmesan or different kinds of cheese to make it cheesy and delicious just before serving. Though the combination of garlic and butter tastes good, you should try other spices and flavors. While preparing zucchini side dishes, you can use Italian seasoning, Za’atar spice mix, Cajun seasoning, an Indian blend of spice such as curry powder, chili powder. You can add in a few more crunchy flavors like toasted sliced almonds or buttery pine nuts. According to your taste buds, you can add chopped tomatoes with the zucchini and cook well until the zucchini is crisp-tender and the tomatoes collapse a bit and release their juices. Adding black beans, white beans, chickpeas, be it cooked or canned, would be fantastic. Zucchini is one versatile veggie; it tastes wonderful in pasta, tacos, chocolate cakes, and salads. You can grill it, bake it, saute it, and eat it raw too. Below are some zucchini side dishes.
Garlic Butter Sauteed
It is effortless to prepare sauteed zucchini. This side dish is easy to prepare and good for health too. You will never forget the taste of this sumptuous dish. You can enhance the flavor and fragrance by adding garlic and butter. It will take only five minutes to cook thoroughly. Now, this healthy dish is ready to serve.
Approx. 4 Servings
1 1/4 Cups Chopped Zucchini Medium-sized
1 Tbs. Butter
3 Cloves Garlic
Salt And Pepper According To Taste
1 Green Onion, Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
Sprinkle Fresh Lemon Juice Or Red Wine Vinegar (Optional)
You should use a heavy and broad skillet over medium-high heat.
Once the pan is warm, add zucchini and some garlic. During the cooking, stir it sometimes till the zucchini turns brown. It will become soft, leave for three to five minutes on flames.
For the seasoning, add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Mix green onion and parmesan if added. Now it’s time for serving, with spirits of the lemon juice.
What Goes Well With Zucchini?
Veggies: Onion, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Sweet Bell Peppers, Corn, Eggplant, and Lemon
Herbs And Spices: Basil, Oregano, Cinnamon, Salt, Thyme, Pepper, Garlic, Parsley, and Ginger
Milk Products: Ricotta Cheese, Goat Cheese, Yogurt, and Feta Cheese
Zucchini Side Dish
A great zucchini side dish is full of onion, tomatoes, herbs with zucchini. All the side vegetables bring zucchini’s great flavor to the world.
3 tbs. Olive oil
1 large onion minced
1 medium zucchini
2-3 fresh chopped tomatoes
¼ cup fresh herbs
Salt and pepper to taste
- Take a large skillet, drop the butter in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat till the butter melts. Mix onion and saute it till it turns into a light pink to dark pink color, about five minutes.
- During the onion’s cooking, you can chop both ends of the zucchini and slice it into a long shape in four long pieces. Cut the slices 1/4 to 1/2 inch of each long piece of zucchini.
- Till then, the onion will turn pink to a dark pink color. Now you can add the garlic and chopped zucchini. While the zucchini is steaming up, you can chop fresh tomatoes.
- Check the status of the cooking of zucchini before adding tomatoes. Mix them well and ensure you do not overcook the tomatoes. You can turn flames off and add your desired fresh herbs and salt and pepper according to your taste. Now the time is for serving.
Zucchini is versatile and adaptable, try these recipes, and you will love each experiment. Zucchini pairs well with many items such as onions, tomatoes, herbs, and much more. The ideas above should help you spice up your zucchini dishes!