Happy Zucchini Day!

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Happy Zucchini Day! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this versatile, nutrient veggie, how about cooking or baking with it? Sweet or savory, main dish or dessert, light or hearty…whatever you crave, we’ve got you covered.  So go forth and celebrate summer!

Soups and Stews:

A vegetable like zucchini holds up well in warm, hearty soups. Make it the star of your chili, or add it in with other veggies in classic minestrone.

Beefy minestrone
Beef stew with cheese dumplings

Breads and Muffins:

Isn’t zucchini bread everyone’s number one way to use up all that summer squash? Shred it up very fine for a moist bread that could pass as veggie-free. Hint: making a chocolate version hides it from the kids even more!

Chocolate zucchini bread
Chocolate zucchini muffins
Pineapple zucchini bread
Savory zucchini parmesan bread
Zucchini bread

5 Ways to Get More Veggies in Your Diet

 

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We all know that veggies are good for us, and many of us probably don’t get the recommended two cups per day like we should. So how can we “veg-load” our meals? A person can only eat so much salad, right? Fortunately, there are many options for increasing your vegetable intake. These are some of our favorites.

1. Shred Your Veggies

We like to shred squash, eggplant, and other vegetables and mix them into hamburgers for summer cookouts. The veggies will keep the meat moist and juicy, while also bringing added nutrition and fiber to the dinner plate.

2. Multiply Your Measurements

One super easy way to get more veggies in your diet is to bump up the amounts of veggies in your recipe. Making minestrone? Why not double the spinach and carrots? Pizzas, casseroles and pasta are also ideal candidates for extra veggies, like this Whole Grain All Star Pizza.

3. Veg Up Your Smoothies

One of the great things about smoothies is that they are so flexible. You can combine any number of fruits to make a delicious smoothie, but you can also load them up with veggies without losing that fruity flavor! A handful of spinach, kale, arugula, chard or even celery leaves into a fruit smoothie pumps up the nutrients in your glass.

4. Prep Your Snacks

Make snacking on the good stuff easy with a little preparation. Wash and cut several days’ worth of your favorite veggies into snack-size pieces, and store in the refrigerator next to your favorite dip. Try Clabber Girl blogger Savory Simple’s recipe for Roasted Garlic White Bean Hummus. Be sure to stash the veggies at eye level so this healthy option is the first thing you see when the munchies strike!

5. Supercharge Your Sweets

Bake your way to more vegetable servings. Quick breads made with pumpkin, zucchini and sweet potato are great options. We love these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and this recipe for Sweet Potato Walnut Bread. You’ll find other delicious variations, as well as treats like our Carrot Cheesecake Sheet Cake in the Clabber Girl Recipe Box.