TGIF isn’t only for kicking off the weekend — any day can be fryday if you put your mind to it. Classic french fries are deep-fried until crisp, sprinkled with salt and devoured instantly, but other vegetables can be made equally craveworthy for side dishes with less guilt.
Check out five of our favorite alternative fries, like Tia Mowry’s zucchini sticks with ranch dip (pictured above) — which are still fried, but made of squash instead of potatoes — and oven-fried potato wedges that may convert you from your fast-food favorites. They’re also a great way to coax your kids into eating vegetables without even realizing what’s under the crunchy batter. Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens.
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When you head to the farmers market or the grocery store this summer, there are plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables to choose from, but sometimes it’s easier to stick to tried-and-true produce for quick meals. One of the most abundant and popular veggies of the season is zucchini, which is at its peak and always manages to sneak its way into your basket.
If you’re bored of just roasting, grilling or sauteing, we have some great zucchini recipes that will make you want to gorge on gourds. Check out these six ideas for using squash as your main dish, from a breakfast-for-dinner frittata to meatless meatballs.
Risotto-Stuffed Peppers and Zucchini
Play with your food when you hollow out little zucchini boats (and/or red peppers) and fill them with creamy risotto. You won’t miss the meat in this hearty dish.
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Zucchini are available year-round in grocery stores, but they’re at their peak right now, when you can find them fresh, local and cheap. Unlike the winter squash coming into markets in the months ahead, zucchini has edible skin and small, soft seeds. Zucchini is a good source of potassium and vitamins C and A, and it’s super low in calories — wins all around.
Zucchini are a multifunctional squash; you can fry them, saute them, use a vegetable peeler to turn zucchini into “pasta ribbons” or even munch on the raw squash. They can take the place of potatoes and pasta if you’re looking to go low-carb, but mostly they’re a delicious and easy addition to any meal. To get all of the moisture out before frying, purge a zucchini as you would an eggplant. Click here to see how to do it.
Stock up at the grocery store or farmers market and use up this squash-of-all-trades in these 25 ways:
- Baked instead of fried, Ellie Krieger’s Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (pictured above) are a light snack or side dish for any occasion.
- Frittatas are great ways to use up whatever is in the fridge. Try the Frittata with Zucchini for any meal of the day, and add in other vegetables hanging around the house.
- Giada makes Fried Zucchini with panko, while Alex Guarnaschelli makes her Fried Zucchini with Italian breadcrumbs. Either way, you’re frying up something delicious.
- Carpaccio is usually an Italian dish of very thinly sliced raw meat or fish. Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos make a vegan version, Zucchini Carpaccio.
- Meatless Monday calls for Zucchini Meatballs, made with zucchini, breadcrumbs, grated Pecorino and smoked scamorza, which is a cow’s milk cheese similar in texture and flavor to mozzarella.
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Zucchini always seems to be the hardiest vegetable in the garden. Like clockwork, it is now abundant in gardens and farmer’s markets alike. If you’re awash in zucchini and looking for new ways to eat it, try one of these recipes below or check out our gallery of the top 20 ways to eat the green squash:
Eat it raw: Shave raw zucchini into thin ribbons on a mandoline, then toss it with a citrusy dressing for this zucchini carpaccio.
Add it to meat: You can lighten up meatballs or meatloaf by adding grated zucchini, like in these meatballs.
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Banana Bread Churro Bites by Spoon Fork Bacon
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:
- If you’re a banana bread enthusiast, it’s time you try Spoon Fork Bacon’s banana bread churro bites. The ice cream and espresso dipping sauce is a must.
- These corn on the cob cake pops featured on Quick Dish may be a bit corny, but they’ll bring a smile to your face regardless. Seriously, take a look.
- Have you already tried all of our fabulous zucchini recipe ideas? The Nourishing Gourmet shares her top 4.
- Avert your eyes, health conscious friends. Dude Foods’ deep fried mashed potatoes are as dangerously indulgent as they sound.
- Cait’s Plate found the solution to the nights when you’re craving a s’more with no campfire in site. Sandwich chocolate ice cream and whipped cream between graham crackers for a tasty frozen treat.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
There’s a new farmers’ market in my neighborhood and I was so excited for my first visit that I bought way too much of everything: 8 bunches of basil, 2 pounds of goat cheese, a giant loaf of bread and 6 zucchini. I had a plan for the basil: I made pesto and froze it; it’ll last me through the fall. But the zucchini was an impulse buy. I can’t get enough of it, even though I do get enough of it. My mom grows zucchini in her garden and shares it with me, I get loads of it in my weekly CSA and yet I buy several pieces every time I visit the farmers’ market.
When I’m flush with zucchini in the summer months, I eat a raw zucchini salad every day (no joke) — shredded zucchini, olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and a few crumbles of goat cheese. I make zucchini frittata, stuffed zucchini and pasta with zucchini. That stuff is all great now, but I wanted a recipe that I could make during zucchini season and freeze it for when I can’t get them anymore.
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Mark Bittman's Zucchini-Pear Soup
Happy Meatless Monday, folks. Have you accepted the challenge of going meatless once per week? We have. Doing so has health and environmental benefits, plus, if cooking without meat is new to you, it means you’ll be adding new, exciting vegetarian recipes to your regular repertoire every week. It also means that one night each week, you won’t hear your family whine, “Chicken again?“
This week we’re excited about a green soup. It’s made with potatoes, so it’s quite hearty, and it gets its verdant hue from zucchini, which are in season and very abundant right now. And the green doesn’t stop there, the soup is made with pears, perhaps a surprise ingredient if you’re used to more standard soups. The pear deepens the flavor of the other vegetables in the puree without a fruity flavor. Garnish the soup, which can be served hot or cold, with a sprig of mint, because at this point, you might as well add a touch more green.
Note: The original recipe calls for either chicken or vegetable broth. If you’re going truly meatless, use the vegetable broth.
Get the recipe for Mark Bittman’s Zucchini-Pear Soup:
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Laura Calder's Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers
Since Cooking Channel launched recipe ratings and reviews just over a month ago, fans have been pretty vocal about which recipes are their faves.
From Gabriele and Debi’s Pesto Lasagne to Bal’s sweet and nutty Vesan treat, Food People are chiming in about what they’re cooking and how they’ve made Cooking Channel recipes their own.
Here are a few recipes that caught our eye!
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Help us celebrate the end of 2010 with a round-up of all your Cooking Channel favorites. This week we’re looking back at the shows, recipes, foods and photos you loved the most.
#1 Blog Post of 2010: “Loving Two Fat Ladies”
When Cooking Channel announced it was bringing back the wry, dry and sly ladies of the kitchen, Two Fat Ladies fans went nuts. We couldn’t be happier to watch them every Saturday night, and chuckle along at their saucy antics.
• Read the Post
• Catch the Two Fat Ladies Marathon on New Year’s Day
• Make their Original Recipes
• More Two Fat Ladies on the Blog
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Zucchini Preserved in Oil with Hot Peppers, Garlic, and Mint
I recently had the pleasure of lunching at the Oakland home of Rosetta Costantino. Rosetta’s been teaching how to cook the foods of her native Calabria for years, and her extensive knowledge of this much overlooked regional cuisine is now lovingly and gorgeously documented in a new book.
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