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Zucchini - The Most Wonderful Versatile, Low Calorie Food

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I love to cook, and one of my favorite things to do is to come up with healthy alternative recipes for my favorite foods. One of my all time favorite versatile foods are zucchinis. They can be made into both savory and sweet dishes. They’re actually a fruit, not a vegetable, and have only 25 calories for a whole zucchini. I grew up with an abundance of zucchinis from my grandparent’s vegetable garden. We would make Giambotta (we called it JA-BUTT) with zucchini, onions, potatoes and stewed tomatoes. We would dip fresh Italian rolls with butter in it. I of course came up with my own healthier version of Giambotta as well as other recipes made with this fabulous food. Here are some of my recipes from my Fitness Answer Meal Plan:

3 Zucchinis Diced
1 Onion Diced
1 Jar of Crushed Tomatoes
Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper

In large pot add in chopped zucchini, onions, 1 jar of crushed tomatoes
Season with Garlic Powder, Oregano, Salt and Pepper.

Simmer on stovetop for about an hour
Serving Size – 1 ½ cups

• 1 cup of flaxseed
• ½ cup of vegetable oil
• 3 eggs
• 2 c. sugar substitute
• 2 c. grated zucchini
• 1 scoop of chocolate whey
• 3 tsp. vanilla
• 2 1/2 cups of oat flour
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 3 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 unsweetened cocoa
• 1 tsp. salt
• Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oil, flaxseed meal, eggs and sugar. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients one at a time. Spray muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray and add batter to pans. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Serving Size 1 muffin

• 8 ounces of Chicken Medallions
• 1 Small Zucchini
• 5 Cherry Tomatoes Sliced in half
• 1 Small Onion

• 1 tbsp. vinegar
• 1/2 tsp. rosemary
• 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
• 1 clove garlic, minced

Mix all marinade ingredients together. Pour over shish kebob ingredients and marinate at least 2 hours before skewering. Alternate placing veggies and veggies on skewers. Use marinade for basting while grilling or broiling. Serve with small side salad with balsamic vinegar.

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