30 Easy, Healthy Zucchini Main Dish Recipes
When fresh zucchini abounds in summer gardens, these are the main-dish recipes you need. They're easy to make, delicious, and offer loads of variety. So when your garden gives (and gives and gives!) zucchini, transform your surfeit of squash into these healthy, top-rated main dish recipes.
Zucchini Spaghetti alla Marinara
Zucchini noodles, aka zoodles, are tossed in a quick-and-easy, fresh tomato-based marinara sauce.
Pasta with Scallops, Zucchini, and Tomatoes
Sautéed garlic, diced zucchini, and red pepper flakes are simmered with chopped tomatoes, bay scallops, and fresh basil. This simple and fresh pasta is ready in about 30 minutes!
Chicken Zoodle Pho
"Chicken zoodle pho made super simple in the slow cooker and topped with spiralized zucchini noodles for a healthy version of a restaurant favorite. Make takeout easy at home with a comforting bowl of this gluten-free and low-calorie soup!" —Megan Olson
"These cheesy zucchini patties are an excellent way to use up that abundance of zucchini from the garden. Serve with a bit of tomato sauce or sour cream dabbed on top," says Sherlie A. Magaret.
Lemon Herb Chicken with Zucchini Pasta and Ricotta
"This was delicious and easy. My picky family loved it, and I did too. I prepped the chicken in the morning and even spiralized the zucchini. Put it in separate zip lock bags. It was so easy when dinner time came around. Definitely a keeper recipe." —ewill
Individual Grilled Veggie Pizzas
"Delicious! No matter what combination of veggies you use this is going to be good. This is a great base to get creative and use what you may have on hand or fresh from your garden. I used portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, red and green peppers, and red onion," Jillian says.
Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups
It's meatloaf in muffin cups! Lean ground turkey is mixed with chopped zucchini, couscous, coarsely chopped red bell peppers, and onions, along with Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and a little barbeque sauce. Save some meatloaf muffins for next-day lunches, too.
Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas
"Making the most of simple, fresh ingredients found at your local farmer's market, these quesadillas make great appetizers or a quick and healthy meal. Serve while hot with your favorite salsa, sour cream, and guacamole," Jennifer Baker says.
Zucchini Artichoke Summer Salad
"Very nice and easy dinner salad. Had pepperoncini peppers screaming at me in my fridge, so chopped up a few of those. And wish I had some grape tomatoes to add, as well," Phoebe says. "A simple green salad on the side and dinner is on!"
Chicken Zoodle Soup
Zucchini-spiraled noodles are a genius way to sneak extra vegetables into your healthy diet. The soup's rich, herbed broth is delicious and hearty, loaded up with chicken breast meat, carrots, onion, celery, and garlic.
Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini (Coosa/Koosa)
Nat's Shrimp and Veggie Stuffed Zucchini
Stuff large fresh zucchini with shrimp, cremini mushrooms, garlic, shallot, fresh tomato, and torn basil. Top each zucchini boat with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Zucchini Noodles Pad Thai
"I used only shrimp and had to leave out the tamarind sauce because I couldn't find it at my store. But this is my favorite way now to eat zoodles!" —Wendalyn
Marrakesh Vegetable Curry
The flavors of Morocco star in this curry, which is jam-packed with veggies, including sweet potato, zucchini, carrots, eggplant, bell peppers, and spinach.
No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna
"This lasagna is perfect in the summer with your garden-fresh veggies and herbs, or in the winter when you need a comforting meal," Jill Welch says. "You won't even miss the noodles in this one!
Chicken with Quinoa and Veggies
Strips of boneless, skinless chicken breast are sautéed in olive oil with zucchini and fresh tomatoes, along with chopped garlic scapes and onions. You'll finish with feta cheese and fresh basil — a splash of lime juice will brighten all the flavors.
Terrific Turkey Chili
"Using some fresh and some canned ingredients, this chili is a snap to throw together and will keep you craving it for days," says big surprise. It features chunky zucchini, fresh green onions, sour cream, and shredded Cheddar cheese. "If you like beans in your chili, garbanzos right out of the can are great in this."
Italian Meatloaf in Zucchini Boats
Italian flavors give a tasty boost to this lean meatloaf, which is baked inside hollowed-out zucchini boats and topped with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Baked Chicken And Zucchini
Here's a delicious casserole with breaded and seared chicken, sauteed zucchini, tomatoes, fresh basil, and cheese. It's ready in less than an hour. "Delicious all-in-one pan meal," says Sherri. "We all loved it."
Summer Bounty 'Pasta'
"This is a quick dish using fresh produce. Serve hot with some crusty bread for a delicious end-of-summer meal that's ready in minutes." —2ys4u
Chicken Kabobs Mexicana
Cubes of lean chicken breast are marinated in olive oil, fresh lime juice, cumin, and cilantro. Thread the chicken onto skewers with sliced zucchini, onion wedges, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers. Enjoy on a bed of salad greens or tucked into warm tortillas topped with fresh salsa.
This delicious combination of zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, potatoes, and eggs gets its flavor from hot chile peppers and harissa. Serve it with warm bread.
Grilled Zucchini Pizza with Goat Cheese
"I recently stopped eating meat and wheat and this was the perfect substitute for a good pizza! Can make with any sort of topping. It was so quick and simple. Will sure to be a favorite around here!" —trainwife
Recipe creator Patrice Ramsay suggests bulking up this recipe with grilled chicken. But it makes a delicious meal just as it is.
Shrimp Florentine with Zoodles
Easy, fresh, and flavorful. Sautéed zoodles, onions, and garlic are combined with cooked shrimp, baby spinach, lemon juice, and red pepper. You'll love how quickly everything comes together.
It's comfort food, Korean-style. You'll sauté zucchini and carrot matchsticks in hot sesame oil; then add bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms. Spoon the colorful veggies over cooked rice then top with a fried egg and a drizzle of sweet-and-spicy red chili sauce.
One-Pan Keto Chicken Breast with Vegetable Ragout
Zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and tomatoes are cooked until tender, wrapped in warm tortillas, topped with cheese, and baked until bubbly. "This is a great way to use some of the fresh garden vegetables," says Barbie.
Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas
"This was so easy and so yummy. Not to mention, guilt free! Slicing the zucchini with the veggie peeler was so much simpler than I ever would have thought! I recommend doing it while they're whole. The assembly, even simpler! The zucchini are so much more durable than your standard corn tortilla." —OneLove1123
Linguine with Summer Squash, Tomatoes, and Basil
You can replace linguine with whatever pasta you have on hand. "Very light and refreshing. I love the crunchy zucchini and yellow squash mixed with the creamy ricotta cheese," says Maria Albanese Spicer.