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    Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:52 am
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    Calabacín (Zucchini)

    ~ Zucchini (also called courgette) is classified as a summer squash vegetable that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family of plants. Though called summer squash, these vegetables are usually available year-round in most markets. There are three types of summer squash varieties, of which zucchini belongs to the same group that includes crookneck squash and pattypan squash (often called scallop squash). They are relatives of melons, cucumbers and winter squash (which includes pumpkins). But summer squash are typically more delicate in flavor than most of its fellow Cucurbitaceae.

    Squash is one of the foods that Columbus brought back to Spain from North America, which Spanish and Portuguese explorers then later introduced to many parts of the world. The variety of squash known as zucchini was developed primarily in Italy. But it is one of the easiest foods to cultivate in temperate climates, so commercial production of squash now takes place in many regions worldwide.

    Today, zucchini is used extensively in Spanish cuisine and is the featured ingredient in the well-known vegetable dish called Pisto, and it is also sautéed in olive oil with egg, onions and tortillas for a popular Spanish dish called Tortilla de Calabacín.

    Cooking with Zucchini

    ~ Zucchini has a refreshing and delicate flavor that makes it a wonderful vegetable to serve raw as a healthy snack, or slicing or chopping the zucchini for adding to a chilled tossed salad.

    But because zucchini is a vegetable, it’s more often served cooked using a variety of cooking methods including steaming, boiling, grilling, stuffing, baking, broiling, barbecuing, microwaving, frying and sautéing. It can also be chopped or shredded and added to baked casseroles, soufflés, breads, cakes, and cookies.

    ~ Regardless of its variety, all summer squash—including zucchini—are edible, including the flesh, seeds and skin. (In fact, a good portion of the antioxidants in zucchini are found in the seeds and skin.) But of all cooking methods, steaming is perhaps the healthiest choice over some other cooking methods (especially microwaving and boiling) for retaining maximum nutritional benefit.

    Zucchini is fragile, however (as are most summer squash varieties) and cannot be stored for long periods time unless frozen.

    Health Benefits of Zucchini

    Zucchini is a low-calorie vegetable that has long been recognized as an anti-oxidant rich food and a great source for carotenoids. Recent studies have shown that antioxidants found in summer squash are especially helpful in protecting the eyes against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

    ~ Zucchini is also a good source of dietary fiber and many B-complex vitamins (including folate, B6, B1, B2, B3 and Choline) and the minerals zinc and magnesium, which all play important roles in the regulation of healthy blood sugar and are key factors in maintaining a healthy diet for most diabetes patients.

    Zucchini Around The World

    Britain – a 2005 poll of 2000 people revealed courgette to be the 10th favorite culinary vegetable.

    Bulgaria – zucchini is usually fried and then served with a yogurt, garlic and dill dip, though another popular dish is oven-baked zucchini covered with a mixture of eggs, yogurt, flour and dill.

    Egypt – zucchini is usually cooked with tomato sauce, garlic and onions.

    Greece – zucchini is usually fried or boiled with other vegetables (usually chili peppers or eggplant), and it’s a popular appetizer or main dish especially during days of fasting. In some parts of Greece, the flowers of the zucchini plant are stuffed with feta or mizithra cheese and rice and herbs and then deep-fried or oven-baked with tomato sauce.

    France – called courgette in France, zucchini is the main ingredient in the well-known French recipe known as ratatouille.

    Italy – zucchini is often served in a variety of ways but is usually served breaded and pan-fried, and some restaurants in Rome specialize in deep-frying the flowers to produce a dish called fiori di zucca.

    the Levant region (eastern Mediterranean and northeast Africa) – zucchini is usually stuffed with minced meat, rice, herbs and spice and stead, or added to stews or stuffed with meat and eaten with yogurt.

    Mexico – the flower (known as flor de calabaza) is preferred over the fruit and is often cooked in soups or used as a filling for quesadillas.

    Spain – popular zucchini dishes include pisto and tortilla de calabacin.

    Turkey – zucchini is the main ingredient in the popular dish called nucver or “zucchini pancakes” made from shredded zucchini, flour, eggs and lightly fried in olive oil and usually eaten with yogurt.

    …………….....................……………Tag Game

    ~ We have selected an array of Spanish (and other) recipes from the site’s database that include zucchini as an ingredient. You are free to tag one of the recipes we found, or you are free to pick any other recipe in the database that includes zucchini. And there is no limit; you can tag as many recipes as you can make before the end of the month.

    Featured Spanish Recipes ~ Zucchini

    ~ Pisto #369688 by breezermom
    A 5-Star gem of a traditional Spanish recipe, this potpourri of fresh vegetables, including zucchini, will be the perfect side dish for your Spanish themed dinner.

    ~ Paella With Chicken, Zucchini and Rosemary #369711 by FolkDiva
    This 5-Star version of the traditional Spanish dish includes the addition of quick roasted zucchini seasoned with plenty of Spanish herbs.

    ~ Roasted Gazpacho #37001 by Scarlett516
    This 5-star version of the classic Spanish chilled soup features tons of fresh zucchini that is oven-roasted for a unique flavor touch.

    Breads and Snacks

    My Best Zucchini Bread #21171
    Zucchini Nut Muffins #68082
    Chocolate Zucchini Bread #220
    Zucchini Bites #314290
    Zucchini Pancakes #16702
    Oven Fried Zucchini Chips #117874

    Main Dishes

    Drop Dead Delicious Stuffed Zucchini #32080
    Zucchini Lasagna (Lasagne) - Low Carb #749
    Zucchini - Aubergine Bulgur #474278
    Zucchini and Hake in Puff Pastry #215914
    Zucchini Parmesan #96276
    Vegetable Paella #51168

    Side Dishes

    Zarangollo Murciano (Stewed Zucchini With Onion) #367503
    Wonderful Parmesan Zucchini Strips #99086
    Pisto (Spanish Vegetable Stir-Fry) #315405
    White Beans With Vegetables #342516
    Sauteed Zucchini #25513
    Zucchini They Will Eat! #151956

    Sopas / Soups

    Zucchini Basil Soup #363764
    Award Winning Zucchini Soup #179985
    Zucchini Cheese Soup (A.k.a. Vache Qui Rit Soup) #246497
    Creamy Zucchini Soup #33084
    Red Lentil, Zucchini & Couscous Soup #115423
    Chicken and Zucchini Soup #263211

    Ensaladas / Salads

    Cucumber-Zucchini Salad #172804
    Zucchini Salad #107765
    Zucchini Marinata (Marinated Zucchini Salad) #158292
    Tomato and Zucchini Salad #242618
    Picnic Corn-Zucchini Salad #204800
    Zucchini Slaw #324216

    Dulce / Desserts and Sweets

    Zucchini Chocolate Cake #18693
    Zucchini Cobbler #99481
    Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies #61402
    Zucchini Mock Apple Pie #69270
    Frosted Zucchini Brownies #135856
    Zucchini Bars #125803

    Last edited by Lalaloula on Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:48 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:55 am
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    Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:56 am
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    The Tags:

    icon_biggrin.gif Quick BBQ Zucchini by Peter J
    icon_biggrin.gif Garden Saute #109559 by Dancer^

    icon_biggrin.gif Penne With Squash #116060 by jovigirl
    icon_biggrin.gif Farmer's Market Corn Toss #466597 by GingerlyJ
    icon_biggrin.gif Moorish Zucchini Salad - Ensalada De Calabacines a La Morisco by gemini08
    icon_biggrin.gif New Delhi Style Summer Squash #229998 by MrsMM

    icon_biggrin.gif Zucchini Basil Soup #464764 by Softcolours

    icon_biggrin.gif Dilled Zucchini by evelyn/athens

    Mama smurf:
    icon_biggrin.gif Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini#396799 by SB6#798181
    icon_biggrin.gif Stuffed Zucchini - Betty Crocker#689064 by Diana #2#186855
    icon_biggrin.gif Garden Saute#109559 by Dancer^#1533 and
    icon_biggrin.gif Paella With Chicken, Zucchini and Rosemary#369711 by FolkDiva#899120

    icon_biggrin.gif Oven Fried Zucchini Chips #117874 by Dancer^

    icon_biggrin.gif Garden Spaghetti #352177 by NorthwestGal

    Last edited by Lalaloula on Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:14 am, edited 2 times in total
    Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:30 am
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    Well! Turns out I have recipes with zucchini!

    Chicken Vegetable Chowdah #326988
    Yemista Me Ryzi #170921
    Roasted Ratatouille With Lentils #303228
    "gilded" Zucchini #457965
    Fried Zucchini With Garlic Yogurt #185490

    xo Bethie
    Wed May 02, 2012 8:23 am Groupie
    Hi girls!

    I will prepare: Peter J's Quick BBQ Zucchini #201058

    I love BBQ zucchimi!
    Wed May 02, 2012 8:33 am Groupie
    Zucchini were always one of my favorites vegetables and in addtion they are very easy to grow here.
    In may of coarse I buy some, for zucchini from the garden I will have to wait unil July.

    Here my small collection of zucchini recipes.

    Linguine With Three Colors Vegetables and Pesto Sauce #443143
    Zucchini Pie of Chania – Kolokithoboureko Chaniotico #462227
    Light Eggplant / Zucchini Parmigiana #469200
    Zucchini Rolls #437624
    Roasted Vegetables Plate With Cilantro Parsley Dressing #460105

    Wed May 02, 2012 9:56 am
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    wave.gif yooohoooo...Loula darlinnnnggg..... I'd love to tag

    Penne With Squash #116060 by jovigirl
    Farmer's Market Corn Toss #466597 by GingerlyJ
    New Delhi Style Summer Squash #229998 by MrsMM

    xo Bethie

    OMG, i have my entire month's meals planned out with the 2 dozen or so recipes I've tagged between yesterday & today. That doesn't include experiments for RSC. icon_eek.gif Does wonders for the appetite! And most are unreviewed!!
    Tue May 08, 2012 12:44 pm Groupie
    The first completition is coming soon...

    Last edited by awalde on Tue May 08, 2012 12:46 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Tue May 08, 2012 12:44 pm Groupie
    wave.gif We have just enjoyed very much our first zucchini dish this month!

    icon_arrow.gif Quick BBQ Zucchini by Peter J Light, healthy and yummy!
    Tue May 08, 2012 1:17 pm
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    Wow ladies, you have been so busy with this lovely veggie already! Everything sounds and looks delicious! yummy.gif Ill get the updates noted tomorrow and then Ill pick out recipe choices myself. icon_biggrin.gif

    Thanks for playing!

    Tue May 08, 2012 4:09 pm
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    I do wish everyone else in the house liked zucchini as much as I do! But shredding it & adding cream makes a nice sauce. icon_wink.gif Penne With Squash has been made & reviewed.

    Thu May 10, 2012 1:57 am Groupie
    I will prepare:
    Dancer^'s Garden Saute #109559 #109559 this will be my lunch today!
    Thu May 10, 2012 6:48 am Groupie
    I just enjoyed Dancer^'s Garden Saute #109559 #109559
    This was a delicious meal, I had just this and was very satisfying.

    Viva los calabacinos!
    Thu May 10, 2012 5:27 pm
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    Oh my gosh, I have 88 recipes with zucchini! icon_eek.gif
    Thu May 10, 2012 5:36 pm
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    I will make Garden Spaghetti #352177. icon_biggrin.gif
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