Zucchini season peaks in the summer, and the time is ripe to enjoy this vibrant squash. A half-cup of cooked, sliced zucchini has about 15 calories, only 1.5 grams of net carbs and is perfect for any Phase of Atkins. It is packed with nutrients, including beta-carotene, B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C and calcium, plus potassium.
What to look for:
Choose zucchini that is firm and has bright green skin. It should be less than 8 inches long; larger zucchini tend to be bitterer, watery and thicker-skinned.
Storage and prep tips:
You can store fresh produce like zucchini in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator for up to five days. Do not wash until ready to use.
Your options are endless! Zucchini tastes fabulous on the grill or roasted, steamed, stuffed, baked, pan-fried or raw.
You can have a simple side dish in minutes: Slice zucchini lengthwise in thin strips, drizzle each strip with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Throw it on the grill for a couple minutes until there are grill marks on each side.
You can also cut uncooked zucchini into strips, and it will add a delightful crunch to any vegetable platter appetizer. Or dice or grate it and add it to salads.
Grated zucchini brings a delicious low-carb (and nutrient-packed) taste to breads and muffins. You can also turn grated zucchini into Atkins-friendly low-carb “pasta.”
Check out our Recipes section for even more zucchini recipes.