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Fresh zucchini is everywhere right now, piled high at the grocery store and even growing in our own vegetable gardens. Luckily, this summer squash’s smooth texture and mild flavour makes it easy to work with and kid-friendly—great for cooking up healthy zucchini recipes for dinner.

Not sure how to use this versatile veggie? We’re here to help with our best fresh zucchini recipes and comfort food ideas that your whole family will love. Time to try recipes like playful zucchini noodles, baked zucchini “boats,” indulgent zucchini fritters and creamy veggie casseroles.

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Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: Zucchini pizza bites (A.K.A. pizzettes) are so easy and elegant using puff pastry rounds. (And isn’t everything more appealing to kids when it’s mini?) These zucchini pizza bites are perfect for homegrown zucchini that are harvested while small, but you can also make them with regular-sized ones. Just slice them super thinly.

How kids can help: Let them top the zucchini pizzas themselves: just a little spoonful of crushed tomatoes, grated mozzarella, delicate zucchini rounds, a touch of pecorino or Parmesan, fresh herbs and they’re done.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
These zucchini pizza bites are already pretty healthy but you can make a gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly version by using the zucchini rounds as the base instead of dough. Just cut the zucchini to a medium thickness and top with sauce, cheese and turkey pepperoni slices before baking—fresh and delicious.

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Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: There’s no shame in sneaking in that zucchini for kids who aren’t so convinced, and it’s basically undetectable in these fried patties. These flavourful zucchini feta fritters make a delicious side dish, light dinner or lunch. Bonus: they heat up perfectly in a pan the next day or two.

How kids can help: Kids will love squeezing the excess water from the zucchini (younger kids should leave the grating to the grown-ups) and shaping the fritters.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
Zucchini is rich in nutrients such as vitamins A and C[1], so if you can sneak them into a healthy dinner recipe, go for it!

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Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: This vegetarian main is a healthy zucchini recipe that satisfies our carby cravings for Italian food and filling pasta casseroles. We promise you won’t miss the noodles in this hearty zucchini lasagna.

How kids can help: Ask your kid to help assemble the zucchini lasagna by practicing their pattern-making skills. Start with the mushrooms and spinach at the bottom, followed by marinara, zucchini strips, cottage cheese and mozzarella. Repeat.

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BUDGET WATCH
This zucchini recipe has a lot of ingredients but there are several ways to simplify like swapping fresh parsley and basil for dried Italian herbs from your pantry. In a pinch, you can also replace fresh spinach with frozen. (Just make sure to thaw first and squeeze out the excess water.)

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Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: This light and colourful side cooks up quickly in a skillet and is a great way to use up your beautiful late-summer corn and zucchini haul. Try it with grilled zucchini and corn right from the BBQ for a little smoky flavour.

How kids can help: Kids are experts at shucking corn, just watch them go! They can also practice their dicing skills on the zucchini with a child-safe serrated nylon or plastic knife. Even a butter knife will do.

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BUDGET WATCH
If you don’t have fresh corn on the cob, you can easily use canned corn in this recipe. It might not have the same crunch, but it will still be sweet and nutritious.

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Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: Stuffed zucchini is our favourite kind of baked zucchini recipe because it’s super easy and hearty enough for a satisfying dinner. Plus, any food in the shape of a boat is kid-friendly, right?

How kids can help: Your kid will love helping you scoop out the zucchini halves and stuffing them with the cooked beef mixture, tomato sauce and mozzarella. If they help make this impressive baked zucchini recipe, they’re definitely more likely to eat it.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
This healthy zucchini dinner recipe is also gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly. But you can always serve some rice or pasta on the side for the kids who burn carbs like nobody’s business. It has 28 grams of protein and only 12 grams of carbs per serving, according to Spend With Pennies.

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Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: This healthy zucchini dinner recipe comes together very quickly and it has something for everyone—crispy chicken breast strips, dried cranberries, walnuts, apples—and of course all that beautiful seasonal zucchini. Add as much as you like!

How kids can help: Let kids mix up the crunchy chicken coating themselves by combining breadcrumbs with the dry soup mix. They can then coat the raw chicken with mayonnaise and the bread crumb mixture before arranging them on a baking sheet. (Just make sure to wash those little hands well before and after handling chicken.)

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The best thing about this salad is that you can make everything ahead of time—even the crunchy baked chicken. Simply warm it up for dinner or enjoy cold for lunch the next day.

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Ready in: 16 minutes

Why we love it: Zucchini noodles make a fun and healthy pasta alternative for kids, but if you’re not sure if your child will go for them, try mixing them with regular noodles like in this colourful Asian-inspired dish. (For families with peanut allergies, just swap the peanut butter for soy nut, almond or sesame seed butter.) You could also serve zucchini noodles Italian-style with your favourite pasta sauce—and lots of Parmesan.

How kids can help: Ask kids to help measure out all the sauce ingredients and whisk them together in a bowl. Once the noodles are cooked, your kid can also help toss all the components together.

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TIME-SAVING TIP
Leaving the zucchini noodles raw saves on steps and cooking time and appeals to kids who like their veggies fresh and crunchy.

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