I didn't start out trying to make a creamy zucchini recipe, but when I glanced in the fridge and saw the last crumbled remains of fresh cream cheese, I knew those green cubes sizzling away in the skillet were about to get enriched. While I'd normally have a hard time feigning such excitement over squash, I'm actually quite thrilled with how this came out.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in skillet over high heat; stir in zucchini, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 2 minutes.

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  • Stir in salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; cook and stir until zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir cream cheese into zucchini mixture; cook until cream cheese begins to melt, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in oregano.

Nutrition Facts

106.5 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 4.7g 2% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 8mg 3% DV; sodium 34.1mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2012
Wow was this good!!! I loved it.....and I also took notice to Christina's review that it wasnt as lemon-y as she would have hoped. So I used the zest of one full lemon to make sure it was lemon-y! It was perfect. I also used 4 small to med zuchhini. Had to use dried oregano since thats what I had. Really tasty side dish for my chicken burgers last night. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/21/2012
If this recipe was a guy and we went on a date it would have been a very awkward one. One where I had high expectations and loved all of his basic components but at the end of the night I dodged the kiss and changed my contact number. Read More
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179 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2012
Wow was this good!!! I loved it.....and I also took notice to Christina's review that it wasnt as lemon-y as she would have hoped. So I used the zest of one full lemon to make sure it was lemon-y! It was perfect. I also used 4 small to med zuchhini. Had to use dried oregano since thats what I had. Really tasty side dish for my chicken burgers last night. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2012
This was good! I have to admit I was hoping for a more lemony flavor but other than that this was simple to make and a great/different way to use up zucchini. I used whipped cream cheese and that worked out well. Oh also I used less oregano than called for b/c I only had dried and we don't like a strong oregano flavor. I would make this again but add more zest or lemon juice or something just for a little tang. Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2012
This was yummy! Next time, I would halve the amount of olive oil - this was just dripping in extra oil. Great topped with some Parmesan cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
I knew this was a hit when my zucchini-hating husband asked for seconds! I did add some minced garlic and a tsp of lemon juice for extra zing because I used dried lemon peel on hand. Great way to utilize zucchini! Thank you for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2012
I am not a huge fan of rep pepper or cayenne pepper so i used garlic instead. I also used 1 tablespoon philedelphia cooking cream tomato basil with 1 tablespoon of fat free cream cheese.... i love the idea of this recipe just changed it to suit my taste:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2012
Tasty easy recipe. I used a veggie cream cheese because I had some in the fridge. Turned out great! Even my kids liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2012
I am making this tonight again. It is so good but extra lemon and less olive oil. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/20/2012
If this recipe was a guy and we went on a date it would have been a very awkward one. One where I had high expectations and loved all of his basic components but at the end of the night I dodged the kiss and changed my contact number. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/22/2015
4.5 yummy!!! Didn't have fresh oregano and used dried skipped the red pepper flakes. After making this many times now with dry oregano I was fortunate to grow some oregano plants in my back yard and used that along with the red pepper flakes. Also had a yellow summer squash that I added in with the zucchini. Had pet action in the background this time around so the squash cooked a little longer than desired but still excellent. Read More
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