What are some creative ways to prepare zucchini?
Botanically speaking, zucchini are actually fruit—but nutritionally speaking, they’re considered a vegetable. And as such, they’re generally consumed cooked. Zucchini are low in calories at 15 calories per 100 grams, and also contain potassium, folate and vitamin A in appreciable amounts. My favorite, simple way to enjoy zucchini is to cut them lengthwise, coat lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill. Zucchini pancakes are another favorite—with breakfast, as a snack or side. Simply wash and grate the zucchini, add flour, egg, Parmesan cheese and pepper to taste, then bake. For a special splurge, buy zucchini flowers. Stuff them with cheese, such as ricotta, lightly batter and then fry. (You can also stuff and bake them, instead of frying.)
Lauren Antonucci, R.D., is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, three-time Ironman and founding director of Nutrition Energy in NYC. If you’d like to have your nutrition questions answered on this page in the magazine, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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