Vegetarian Zucchini Recipes

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Zucchini is a vegetable that naturally lends itself to a wide variety of recipes. Learn about vegetarian zucchini recipes with help from a food business owner and cookbook author in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dera Gartenstein with Quirky Gourmet. And today, I'm going to show you a very simple vegetarian zucchini recipe, and I'll also give you a couple of other ideas of recipes that you can do with zucchini that are also vegetarian. So, I am going to cook the zucchini in just a little bit of olive oil with some onions and some fresh herbs, and tomatoes to make it juicy. So, olive oil, little bit of onion. And, this is going to cook for just two or three minutes, until the onion becomes translucent. Add a little bit of salt, and a little bit of pepper. Okay, now, when the onion's ready, I'm going to add some chopped zucchini. And, you can really use any kind of summer squash in this recipe as well, like yellow squash or pattypan squash. So, you want to cook that for just a couple of minutes longer. Okay, so, the zucchini's in here cooking, and now I'm going to add some chopped tomatoes. Using roma tomatoes, because it's what I had. Really any kind of tomato will work. You got some really nice, ripe summer tomatoes, that's really perfect. And, I'm going to add some fresh flat leaf parsley. You can use curly leaf parsley as well, but I think the flat leaf has just a little bit more flavor. And, I'm also going to add some chopped fresh basil. And, this just has to cook for five or ten minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down and get juicy. Now, you can also stuff zucchini with vegetarian fillings. You can mix up some rice and maybe some lentils, and, you know, you blanch the zucchini, you just cook it in boiling water for maybe 30 seconds until it softens up, scoop out some of the filling, mix it up with the rice and the lentils, and then put it in there, put some breadcrumbs on top. You can put some cheese on it, or, if you're vegan, the breadcrumbs will make it tasty enough. And so, as I'm cooking this, some juice starts to collect in the pan as the tomatoes break down, and that's how you know it's ready. If you like your zucchini really soft, you can cook it longer. And, if you like it a little more firm, then you can just take it off as soon as it looks ready. So, here you have some vegetarian summer stewed zucchini.

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