Add Pizzazz, Not Calories, With Zucchini

Whether you grow it yourself or buy it at your farmers’ market or grocery store, zucchini is a great way to add variety to traditional dishes and even increase portion sizes of favorite recipes without extra calories.

Love cool cucumber salad? For a tasty variation, use thin strips of peeled zucchini, cut on a mandoline. (Note: Mandoline blades are sharp. Always use the gripper to hold the food you’re prepping.) Toss with lemon juice, chopped dill, salt and olive oil, then refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Next, try zucchini “noodles” in place of white pasta. Grate zucchini with the shredder attachment of the mandoline. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then cook the zucchini for one minute until it begins to soften. Toss with your favorite marinara.

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