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Chili Stuffed Squash

Entree/One-Dish Casserole

A hearty,satisfying casserole that’s doable even on weeknights with the help of canned chili and the microwave.  An especially good way to use up those monster zucchini that get lost in the garden until too late!  Also, learn a special flavor-boosting trick for zucchini.


What Do I Need?  Zucchini, Canned Chili, Cheese, Whole Grain Breadcrumbs

What to Serve with It:  No sides necessary for this all-in-one dish, but here are options, if desired:

  • Green Salad with Fresh Peaches, Shredded Coconut and Cumin Dressing
  • Corn on the Cob or Corn Muffins
  • Plate of Cooling Cucumber Slices with Ranch Dressing

Other:  Great for Leftovers

Hands On:   20 min                  

Baking:        30 min


Corn Souffle with Caramelized Onion and Zucchini Topping

Entree/One-Dish Casserole

This dish is in a category of its own:  fresh sweet corn is pureed with eggs then baked to make a thick, souffle-like crust.  Meanwhile onion and zucchini are caramelized, then spread over the top.  The fun part:  Add cheese, sour cream, fresh herbs, sausage, chicken or whatever else you might like to customize your pie!  Great for kids.

What Do I Need?  Fresh or Frozen Corn, Eggs, Onion, Zucchini, Salsa + Other Toppings of Choice

What to Serve with It:  No sides necessary with this all-in-one dish, but here are options, if desired:

  • Green Salad with Mushrooms Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives
  • Plate of Carrot Sticks and Red Pepper Strips
  • Gazpacho Soup

Other:  Great for Leftovers, Fun for Kids, Easy Entertaining

Hands On:   35 min                  

Baking:        60 min

BBQ Chicken Pasta

Entree/One-Dish Pasta

How about something different for pasta tonight?  BBQ sauce offers a change of pace that is both kid-friendly and tasty, especially when paired with whole grain corn pasta.  Use homemade BBQ sauce to save money, or ready-made to save time.  Annie’s Naturals proves that a great tasting sauce can be made without artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavors and so on.

What Do I Need?  Corn Pasta, Onion, Zucchini, Chicken, BBQ Sauce, Cheese

What to Serve with It:  No sides necessary with this all-in-one dish, but here are options, if desired:

  • Cabbage and Peach Slaw with Italian Dressing
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Dessert of Summer Berries Topped with Chopped Pecans

Other:  Kid Friendly

Hands On:   30 min


Vegetarian Option                  

Zucchini Meatballs with Cilantro Salsa

Entree or Appetizer

Have it both ways with this dish:  Make it skillet style for a super-easy weeknight meal, or as bistro-style meatballs with a light cilantro salsa for guests or a nicer weekend meal.  Either way, you get the benefits of adding shredded zucchini:  meatballs that are not only moister but also more nutritious (and kids won’t ever guess there are veggies in the entree!)

What Do I Need?  Turkey Burger, Onion, Zucchini, Egg, Breadcrumbs, Cilantro, Lime, Chilies

What to Serve with It:  Use this dish as a centerpiece showcasing these easy, best-of-summer sides:

  • Corn on the Cob
  • Plate of Heirloom Tomato Slices
  • Sherry-Glazed Green Beans
  • Dessert of Peach Cobbler
  • Cranberry-Walnut Muffins

Other:  Lovely meal for entertaining

Hands On:   30 min

45 min for guest version                  

Yellow Squash and Green Pepper Stir Fry with Ginger Sherry Sauce

Entree/One Dish Stir Fry

With only three, easy-to-cut vegetables, pre-sliced meat and a simple sauce, this is a quick and versatile stir fry that can be made with pork, chicken or tofu.  Think ahead and cook the brown rice while making dinner the previous night.  Then you’re set for a fast, all-in-one-dish meal.

What Do I Need?  Pork, Chicken or Tofu; Yellow Squash, Green Pepper, Onion, Sherry Wine, Rice, Frozen OJ

What to Serve with It:  No sides necessary with this all-in-one dish, but here are options, if desired:

  • Plate of Heirloom Tomato Slices
  • Dessert of Canned Crushed Pineapple with Coconut Shreds

Other:  Even small amounts of leftovers make a great lunch the next day

Hands On:   30 min      

Vegetarian Option

Zucchini Sausage Skillet  

One-Dish Entree

Sausage is a miracle ingredient.  Add a good-quality sausage to a dish and get instant flavor, without having to add a lot of spices or other flavoring ingredients.  Obviously, this makes it perfect for busy week night meals–just remember to cook the rice the night before.  

What Do I Need?  Zucchini, Onion, Tomatoes, Italian Sausage, Cooked Brown Rice, Cheese

What to Serve with It:  No sides necessary with this all-in-one dish, but here are options, if desired:

  • Cucumber Slices with Olive Oil, Lemon and Fresh Tarragon
  • Honeydew Melon Slices
  • Grilled Cauliflower Florets Tossed with Thyme and Olive OIl

Other:  Even small amounts of leftovers make a great lunch the next day

Hands On:   25 min      

Vegetarian Option

Zucchini Salad Americana

Vegetable Salad

Hard to believe, but zucchini can be sweet-tasting when fresh picked, as showcased in this recipe for a hearty salad that combines zucchini with black beans, corn and tomatoes.  The salad is of the “wilted” variety:  A hot dressing is poured over the top, warming things just enough to take off the raw edge.  The salad is then served at room temperature.    

What Do I Need?  Zucchini, Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Black Beans, Bacon, Parsley, Onion, Honey Mustard

What to Serve with It:  This salad is so interesting that it needs only very simple accompaniments to make a meal, e.g.:

  • Grilled Chicken or Tofu (marinated in Italian dressing)
  • Goat Cheese Quesadillas (whole grain)
  • Grilled Potatoes
  • Cranberry-Walnut Muffins  

Other: A perfect summer potluck dish

Hands On:   30 min                  


Vegetarian Option

Greek Style Potato Salad

Potato Side

A great alternative to the familiar, mayonnaise-based potato salad.  This one uses a light dressing that draws on the flavors of salty kalamata olives and fresh lemon juice and oregano.  Be sure to use the new potatoes that begin hitting the markets in late June and early July.  


What Do I Need? Potatoes, Red Onion, Zucchini, tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Lemons, Fresh Oregano, Feta Cheese

What to Serve with It:  Like Zucchini Salad Americana, this salad is so interesting that it needs only very simple accompaniments to make a meal, e.g.:

  • Grilled Hamburger or Bratwurst
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Edamame, In Shell
  • Watermelon Slices  

Other: This is also a perfect summer potluck dish

Hands On:   40 min                  


Grilled Mushrooms, Asian Style

Fancy Side or Appetizer

An Asian filling makes these stuffed mushrooms quite different than the usual cheese filled version.  If you have never tried the exotic black Forbidden Rice, this recipe presents a perfect opportunity.  Serve mushrooms as an interesting side dish or unique appetizer, or see the notes for instructions on preparing as a rice salad.


What Do I Need?   Mushroooms, Zucchini, Green Onions, Limes, Ginger, Garlic, Egg, Toasted Sesame Oil, Thai Chili Paste, Brown Rice Vinegar, Forbidden Rice

What to Serve with It:  Have some summer fun with an Asian finger food meal:

  • Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
  • Edamame, in Shell
  • Cantaloup Slices Sprinkled with Lime and Mint

Other: Another great summer potluck dish

Hands On:   40 min                  


Zucchini and Cauliflower with a Caper and Walnut Gratin

Fancy Vegetable Side

Although ostensibly a side, this dish’s rich walnut gratin makes it hearty enough to be the centerpiece of a vegetarian meal.  It looks more complicated than it is:  Simply simmer cauliflower, saute zucchini, toss with a thyme caper dressing, then top with a walnut gratin for a unique dish.  If serving to guests, bake in a nice casserole dish rather than its cooking skillet.       

What Do I Need?  Zucchini, Cauliflower, Fresh Thyme, Shallots or Onions, Walnuts, Breadcrumbs, Feta Cheese, Broth, Capers

What to Serve with It:  When a side dish is more complicated, like this one, keep accompaniments simple.  In this case, one or more of these easy ideas would make for an interesting vegetarian meal:

  • Crusty Whole Grain Bread, Warmed with Tomato Slices and Mozzarella Cheese
  • Wild Rice Pilaf
  • Green Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
  • Grilled Potatoes  

Other: Nice dish for entertaining.

Hands On:   40 min                  


Basic Sauteed Zucchini with 5 Variations

Simple Side

Learn one basic saute–vary it easily five ways.  Zucchini is a very versatile vegetable that tastes good with just about any flavor combination, as you can see from these five options:  1) French style, with lemon and tarragon; 2) Classic Italian with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil; 3) Spicy Szechuan with onion and San-J’s Spicy Szechuan Sauce; 4) Greek style with tomatoes, garlic and fresh oregano; and 5) Mexican with chili powder, lime and cilantro.    

What Do I Need?  Zucchini + Spices or sauces for the variation you choose.

What to Serve with It:  These are the fast sides you need to round out a quick meal, like:

  • Pizzas & Sandwiches
  • Ready-made Soups
  • Grilled or Fried Meat and Fish
  • Muffins or Bread like Cranberry-Walnut Muffins
  • Pasta Dishes
  • Rice or Baked Potato

Other:  Box up leftovers with brown rice for a quick lunch at the office.

Hands On:   10-15 min                  


Open Faced Italian Sandwiches  

Meal in a Sandwich

An easy, all-in-one weekday dish that is perfect in any weather.  On hot days, grill everything outdoors; on cool days broil in the oven.  Make them open-faced makes for a better balance between carbs and veggies, or as a full sandwich for a heartier meal.  Either way, just be sure to use 100% whole grain bread since it retains all of its natural nutrients.        

What Do I Need?  Zucchini, Tofu, Italian Salad Dressing, Whole Grain Bread, Fresh Basil, Parmesan Cheese, Pizza Sauce

What to Serve with It:  No sides necessary with this all-in-one dish, but here are options, if desired:

  • Plate of Red Pepper and Bartlett Pear Slices
  • Cabbage and Carrot Slaw with Italian Dressing
  • Green Salad with Mushrooms, Cucumbers and Walnuts
  • Ready-Made Carrot or Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Other:  Let the kids help with sandwich assembly.

Hands On:   25 min      

Roasted Zucchini Soup with Fresh Basil and White Beans  

Soup Entree

It’s always good to have a soup recipe handy for those late summer days that begin to hint of cooler autumn weather–and for the cooler days of autumn themselves!  Remember that zucchini will continue to show up at farmers markets into October.  This recipe roasts the zucchini first, to concentrate its sweet flavor.  Roast the day before and you’re set for easy soup-making.  

What Do I Need?  Zucchini, Broth, Leeks, White Beans, Fresh Basil, Lemons, Parmesan Cheese

What to Serve with It:  This soup is hearty enough to serve as the centerpiece for a vegetarian meal, but can also be a different side for a meat dish:

  • Grilled Polenta Squares
  • Yellow Wax Beans
  • Hamburger with Onions, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce
  • Crusty Whole Grain Bread with Roasted Garlic
  • Cranberry-Walnut Muffins
  • Plate of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Warmed Corn Tortillas

Other:  Although this soup takes a little time, be sure to double for leftovers a couple nights later with some different sides.

Hands On:  25 min

Simmer Time: 15 min


Cranberry-Walnut Muffins (with Gluten-Free Option)  

Muffins and Breads

Imagine having whole grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts in one grab ‘n go food that’s tasty to boot!  You’ll want to make a double batch and freeze some for busy mornings.  The cranberry sauce and agave nectar provide a light sweetness that allows the flavor of the unique spice combination to come through, as well as the sweet nuttiness of the whole grains.  

What Do I Need?  Zucchini, Whole Cranberry Sauce, Walnuts, Whole Wheat and White Flour, Quick Oats, eggs, Oil, Agave Nectar, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger

How to Serve:  In addition to being a great grab ‘n go breakfast, these muffins are good enough to treat as a dessert.  Start them to bake right before dinner; they’ll be ready just in time.  Especially good after a light dinner like a hearty soup or meal salad.

Other:  Be sure to check out the Gluten-Free option, made with whole grains.

Hands On:   25 min

Baking Time: 20 min


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