Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Healthy and Savory Grilled Zucchini/Squash Ideas

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Zucchini or yellow squash are a constant staple at our house. Having these at least three times a week, I'm always trying to figure out new ways of making savory appetizers or side dishes. Below are four, zero-point healthy zucchini or squash ideas that will help fill you up, thus helping you to eat less of your higher-point entre'. Try these four different ways of preparing your zucchini or squash and enjoy as an absolutely guilt-free appetizer or side dish.


Zucchini or Squash Spaghetti
Ingredients:
- 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash, peeled lengthwise (to look like spaghetti)
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. olive oil (If you need more oil, use Pam Cooking Spray with olive oil)
Heat olive oil in skillet or grill pan over medium/high heat. Add minced garlic and saute' for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini/squash and grill for about a minute. Add red pepper flakes and pepper and grill for a minute longer. Serve hot and enjoy! Note: This particular zucchini/squash dish is very spicy. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 3 
Points per serving = 0


Zucchini or Squash Spaghetti - 2nd option
The second zucchini/squash appetizer is very similar except it's not spicy:
Ingredients:
- 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash, peeled lengthwise (to look like spaghetti)
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. Goya Adobo seasoning
- 1 tsp. olive oil (If you need more oil, use Pam Cooking Spray with olive oil)
Heat olive oil in skillet or grill pan over medium/high heat. Add minced garlic and saute' for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini/squash and grill for about a minute. Add pepper, salt, and Adobo and continue grilling for a minute longer. Serve hot and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 3
Points per serving = 0


Matchstick Zucchini
Ingredients:
- 1 medium zucchini or yellow squash
- 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. rosemary
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- dash salt
- 1 tsp. olive oil
Cut zucchini/squash into little matchsticks. Heat olive oil in a skillet or grill pan over medium/high heat. Add minced garlic and saute' for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini, rosemary, nutmeg, and salt. Continue grilling (turning constantly so the zucchini does not burn) for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings = 3
Points per serving = 0


Zucchini Pizza Bites
Ingredients:
- 1 medium zucchini or yellow squash
- Pizza sauce (any flavor)
- Fat-free shredded cheese (any kind/flavor)
- Seasonings of your choice (salt, pepper, Adobo, etc.)
- Pam Cooking Spray with olive oil
Slice zucchini/squash into little round slices. Spray skillet or grill pan with Pam Cooking Spray over medium/high heat. Add zucchini/squash and grill on both sides (about a minute on each side). Remove from heat. Add a teaspoon of Ragu or any pizza sauce on top of each zucchini round. Top with a pinch of fat-free shredded cheese. Place skillet or frying pan directly into oven and broil just until the cheese melts and browns just a little. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Points per serving = 0 (it would be zero until you ate enough that the cheese would equal 1/4 cup; then it would be 1 point.)


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