Meagan Francis
Pick Zucchini When It is Young and Tender
Who’s versatile, nutritious and delicious? Zucchini, of course!

Where I’m from, zucchini is strictly a summer crop, so I’m used to mostly eating it grilled or stir-fried. But now's the perfect time to grab some of that summer harvest you've been saving in the freezer and cook up some delish zucchini dishes.

I figure this veggie deserves a chance to shine year-round. So armed with a freezer stocked with blanched zucchini, I went on a mission to find ways to incorporate my favorite summer squash into my cool-weather meals:

Zucchini bread: Slightly sweet and enhanced with the warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg, zucchini bread makes an excellent holiday treat! Paula Deen’s recipe is moist and nutty.

Zucchini Gratin: Yes, zucchini can be comfort food! Serve up Ina Garten’s creamy, soothing recipe with your holiday dinner – but make sure to make enough for seconds.

Zucchini Frittata: The classic Italian “egg pie” would make a satisfying addition to a holiday brunch.
zucchini frittata

Pickled and marinated veggies. Not only are pickled zucchini (and eggplant and onions and peppers) delicious, but put them in a glass jar with a pretty label, and you’ve got homemade holiday gifts!

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