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Savoring Summer: Low Carb Zucchini Recipes

Colette-Heimowitz

Written by Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. on July 14, 2023.

Scientifically reviewed by

Jonathan Clinthorne, PhD Human Nutrition

July 14, 2023

Make the most of summer vegetables in season.

Zucchini is coming into season, and there are quite a few reasons why you should love this nutrient-rich, vibrant summer vegetable that is naturally low in carbs. Zucchini is also high in fiber, which promotes satiety, and it contains 95% water, which makes it naturally hydrating. Plus, it is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. It is also delicious!

How to Pick the Perfect Zucchini

Here’s a quick guide to picking the perfect zucchini:

  • Size: Choose medium-sized zucchini, about 6 to 8 inches long and about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. They should feel firm and soft enough.
  • Color: Look for zucchini that are dark green, which indicates ripeness.
    Texture: The skin should be smooth, shiny and free of dents.
  • Stem and blossom end: The stem should be green and intact, and the blossom should be free from any mold or rot.
  • Organic and locally grown: If possible, choose organic and locally grown zucchini, or harvest them from your garden or a friend’s. They are usually fresher and more flavorful.
  • Store and prep. For up to five days, you can store fresh zucchini in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper in the fridge. Wait to wash until ready to use.

Fresh and Flavorful Zucchini Recipes

Your options for preparing zucchini are endless. It takes fabulous on the grill or roasted, steamed, stuffed, sauteed, baked or raw.

Keto Lemongrass Shrimp Summer Squash

Shrimp is marinated in a refreshing mixture of coconut milk, fresh lemongrass, lime juice, tamari green curry paste. It is threaded on bamboo skewers with zucchini ribbons and summer squash and grilled to perfection. Drizzle more coconut milk and green curry paste before serving.

Keto Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Parmesan

You’ll love this easy dish that takes just five minutes to prepare. Just toss fresh zucchini ribbons with Parmesan, lemon zest and lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and you’re good to go with a no-cook summer dish.

Low Carb Zucchini Skillet Enchiladas

Ribbons of fresh zucchini are a tasty low carb swap for tortillas in this summery skillet enchilada recipe.

Low Carb Lemon Poppy Zucchini Bread

What’s for dessert? This sweet low carb treat features poppy seeds, zucchini and lemon is drizzled with a lemony glaze.

Colette-Heimowitz

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Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc.

Vice President of Nutrition & Education

Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. is a former Director of Nutrition at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City. With 20+ years of experience as a nutrition expert, the NY Times best-selling author is the current Vice President of Nutrition & Education at Simply Good Foods Company.

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