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Healthy Zucchini Recipes That Aren't Zoodles

Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Swapping carbs out for veggies always seems...sad, but this healthy take on Italian stuffed shells won't disappoint. Stuffed with lean ground turkey, red peppers, and mushrooms, and topped with melted cheese and toasted breadcrumbs, this zucchini recipe is a deliciously satisfying meal on its own.

Get the recipe: Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Baked Zucchini Fries

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Coat pretty much anything in breadcrumbs and you've got an addictive snack. But the best part about these zucchini fries is that even if you ate all 40 to 45 fries the recipe yields, it would still clock in at under 200 calories. Plus, you can whip them up in just 20 minutes. Win, win, win.

Get the recipe: Crispy, Healthy Baked Zucchini Fries

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Zucchini Enchiladas

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Sure, zucchini slices are a lot skinnier than tortillas—but if you use three and overlap them, you get the perfect wrap for all that delicious shredded chicken and enchilada sauce. It's a simple way to lose the carbs without sacrificing any flavor from the Mexican dish. (PS: These Vegan Mexican Dishes Are Sensational.) 

Get the recipe: Zucchini Enchiladas

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Fried Zucchini Slices

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Sure to be one of your favorite zucchini recipes, these savory slices are rolled in flour and egg, crusted with a panko-Parmesan mix, then pan-fried (so you don't need to use oodles of oil) for a crunchy snack that satisfies.

Get the recipe: Fried Zucchini Slices

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Baked Zucchini Patties

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Looking to go meatless, even for a meal? These crispy baked zucchini patties are an easy alternative to burgers. The trick: Remove as much moisture as possible from the zucchini before cooking so the patties don't get soggy. It'll take you about an hour to whip these up, but they're perfect for freezing and heating up when your schedule gets too crazy during the week. (Want more meat-free ideas? Try These High-Protein Vegetarian Dinners.)

Get the recipe: Baked Zucchini Patties

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Grilled Zucchini Ribbons with Sriracha Marinade

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Zucchini on its own has a pretty neutral flavor, which means it'll soak up whatever you cook it in. And when you marinate it in a sriracha sauce and then sear it on the grill, the flavor will be out of this world. Even better: This spicy zucchini recipe takes just 15 minutes. (If You're Willing to Explore Outside Zucchini, Here are 7 Creative Combos for Spiralized Vegetables.)

Get the recipe: Grilled Zucchini Ribbons with Sriracha Marinade

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Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Chips

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Move over, kale—zucchini is the latest veggie to get the chip treatment. These are covered in freshly grated or shaved Parmesan and garlic powder, then baked until the cheese bubbles. Yum. (These Fruits and Veggies Can Be Turned Into Chips, Too.) 

Get the recipe: Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Chips

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Taco Zucchini Casserole

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Casseroles get a bad rap as something your grandma might make, but there's a reason people love them: The one-pan dish is easy to prepare—and it's easy to reheat all week long. And when it's made with quinoa, zucchini, taco sauce, black beans, and cilantro, it's a delicious, ~spicy~ option whenever you dive in.

Get the recipe: Taco Zucchini Casserole

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Keto Zucchini Bread

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Just because a keto diet calls for carb restriction doesn't mean you can't have any carbs. And when your bread—made with coconut flour and no sugar—comes with the added nutrition benefits of zucchini, you've got a keto-approved breakfast treat. The fact that it's freakin' delicious is just a bonus. (Don't Forget to Try These Keto-Friendly Recipes for Plant-Based Eaters.)

Get the recipe: Keto Zucchini Bread

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Zucchini Grilled Cheese

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You've probably heard of cauliflower crust, but have you ever tried zucchini crust? When grated and mixed with flour then baked for about 25 minutes, zucchini serves as a sturdy (and healthier!) swap for the bread on your favorite comfort food: grilled cheese.

Get the recipe: Zucchini Grilled Cheese

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Roasted Corn Zucchini Salad

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If you're craving a taste of summer, this recipe serves it right up in under 30 minutes. With diced zucchini, grilled corn (fresh, if it's in season!), onion, basil leaves, and a dash of thyme and oregano, this salad is bursting with flavor—and for a heartier meal, you can add couscous, bulgur, or orzo. (Ready for dessert? These Healthy Zucchini Desserts Taste Amazing.

Get the recipe: Roasted Corn Zucchini Salad

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