Zucchini

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips Recipe

Swap the potato chips for a healthy zucchini instead. Why? Not only are they half the calories, but they taste the same, if not better!

There’s no time than now to take advantage of zucchini season and test out this dish with family and friends.

RELATED: Zucchini Fig Smoothie

Ingredients

3 large zucchinis

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 crumb wholemeal bread crumbs

1/2 Parmesan cheese

Pinch of freshly ground pepper

Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (392ºF), and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Slice each zucchini into thin rounds, and season with the pepper, salt, and even some freshly chopped garlic. Brush on some olive oil over the top before cooking in the oven.
  3. Combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the zucchini.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Image via The Kitchn

March 7, 2015

Quick and Easy Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

Treat yourself to a delicious lunchtime snack of colourful vegetables which are tasty and filling.

Our delicious recipe takes only 2 minutes to prepare, and can be stored in the fridge for an instant lunch or dinner snack. For extra flavour, add a few sliced kalamata olives and sprinkled rocket over the top before with lemon juice before serving.

RELATED: 5 Mediterranean Foods To Try

Ingredients

5 cherry tomatoes (sliced)

1 roma tomato (sliced)

1/4 cup red capsicum

1/4 cup chopped zucchini slices

1/3 cup roasted peppers

1/3 cup kalamata olives (pitted and sliced)

1 cucumber (sliced)

1/2 cup rocket

Cos lettuce

1/2 lemon (for dressing)

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Wash and slice all of the vegetables, and place into a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon, and season with salt and cracked pepper. Toss well, then serve. Feel free to serve the vegetables raw, or lightly grill the zucchini and red capsicum to enhance their flavour.

Image via National Times

February 10, 2015

Zucchini Fig Smoothie

Don’t let your next smoothie taste flat and lifeless, especially if you’re looking to stay on the healthier side for breakfast. Add some chopped zucchini which is not only budget-friendly, but is packed with folate, potassium, and Vitamin A. Combine with tasty fig for a sweet and savoury smoothie which is best served ice-cold!

RELATED: Zucchini Potato Fritters

Ingredients

2 fresh figs, stems removed and halved

1 frozen organic banana

1 cup zucchini, chopped

1/2 cup organic raw unsalted cashews, soaked

1/2 cup filtered water

1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Honey or other sweetener, as needed

Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

Handful of ice

Instructions

1. Simply add the ingredients into a high-speed blender until you’ve reached a smooth and creamy consistency.

Image and Recipe via Tasty Yummies

November 11, 2014

Grilled Zucchini Rolls Recipe

Make this tasty grilled zucchini recipe if you want to have a light meal to end your day, which is tasty and full of flavour. Zucchini is a fantastic vegetable to incorporate into your diet because it’s packed with fibre, low-cholesterol and has properties which fight against cancer and inflammation. Pair with some tasty goats cheese for a delicious meal which the whole family will love.

Ingredients

3 zucchini (about 1/2 pound each), sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices

1 tbsp olive oil

1/8 tsp salt

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 ounces reduced-fat soft goat’s cheese

1 tbsp freshly minced parsley leaves

1/2 tsp lemon juice

2 cups baby spinach leaves

1/3 cup basil leaves

Method

  1. Brushes the slices of zucchini with oil on both sides, then season with salt and pepper. Place on a grill pan for 4 minutes on each side, or until tender.
  2. Combine the goat cheese, parsley leaves and lemon juice into a small bowl and mix well ith a fork.
  3. Put 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture onto the end of the zucchini slice, then top off with spinach and basil leaves. Roll up the zucchini, then place seam-side down onto the platter.

Image and Recipe via Food Network, Teacher Chef

September 12, 2014

3 Foods That Help You Lose Weight – For Good

Ever wondered why that last crash diet just didn’t quite work out? The problem is that most women take on a new diet and completely change their entire eating program. The key to consistent weight loss is to change little parts of your lifestyle, without a complete overhaul. Swap the three following foods for a healthier alternative, and watch the weight drop off.

Potatoes for Cauliflower

Whether you love them fried, mashed or baked, there is no denying that potatoes are full of carbohydrates (probably more than you actually need). Cauliflower only has 29 calories per cup, which makes it a healthy substitute. This ‘skinny starch’ is also packed with vitamin C and can be mashed, puréed and even roasted.

3 Foods That Help You Lose Weight - For Good

Pasta For Zucchini

Zucchini noodles are definitely trending at the moment, since they are a low-carbohydrate alternative to classic pasta. With zucchini, you’re looking at about 50g instead of 150g with traditional pasta. The plus side – zucchini pasta doesn’t need to be cooked either. You can enjoy it raw, and serve with balsamic vinegar, tomato and leafy greens to taste.

3 Foods That Help You Lose Weight - For Good

White Breads for Whole Grain

Not only are whole grain breads full of fibre to keep you fuller for longer, but they are also packed with more vitamins and minerals, which just aren’t that prominent in white bread. Perfect for people who want to avoid bad snacking between meals, and keep an overall healthier lifestyle.

3 Foods That Help You Lose Weight - For Good

Images via Bustanji Food, The Simple Veganista, Grains and More

August 15, 2014
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