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    I'm curious to know if zucchini is considered a starchy vegetable to avoid if trying lose weight?

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    In my exprience zucchini/summer squash is not a starchy vegetable. Zucchini doesn't raise my blood sugar and as an insulin dependent diabetic that very important. I eat tons of zucchini/summer squash from the time it's in season until the absolute last one is picked from the vines. It's great roasted, grilled, dried for chips, in stews, used as lasagna noodles and on and on and on. Be wary of winter squashes though. Most of them do have a starchier profile, but still loaded with lots of good nutrients.
    I wish I'd known about this sooner!

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      Thanks!

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      • #4
        No. Nutritiondata confirms it's all of 4% carbohydrate by weight:
        http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/...roducts/2640/2

        Plus the usual things... PB is not a 'low carb' way of eating as such; just drop all the grains & sugar, maybe the potatoes, eat real food, and the weight'll probably take care of itself.

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        • #5
          Can any of you point me to some great zucchini recipes? It's one of a few veggies my daughter loves and I'm wanting to make zucchini chips or strips or anything an 11 year old might go for! I've found a few, but nothing that made me jump up and run into the kitchen........yet!
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          • #6
            Cut it into pasta sized strips, saute until soft, treat as pasta: lasagna, spag, you name it. I'm still experimenting with manicotti with zucchini strips. You might also try sauteeing it in butter and lots and lots of garlic. Very tasty.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
              Cut it into pasta sized strips, saute until soft, treat as pasta: lasagna, spag, you name it. I'm still experimenting with manicotti with zucchini strips. You might also try sauteeing it in butter and lots and lots of garlic. Very tasty.
              Thank you! I'll try both of those recommendations. Yum!
              Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.

              - Robert Louis Stevenson

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GoJenGo View Post
                It's one of a few veggies my daughter loves and I'm wanting to make zucchini chips or strips or anything an 11 year old might go for!
                Because of its neutral flavor, zucchini is an excellent veg to add to other dishes to boost their veggie content. Shredded zuke can be added to soups, meatloaves, casseroles, and even baked goods and you don't even know it's there. When using zucchini in baked goods drain the shreds on some paper towels to get rid of the excess moisture.

                Here are some zucchini recipes to give you some ideas:
                http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/side_di...es.html#squash
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mizski View Post
                  Because of its neutral flavor, zucchini is an excellent veg to add to other dishes to boost their veggie content. Shredded zuke can be added to soups, meatloaves, casseroles, and even baked goods and you don't even know it's there. When using zucchini in baked goods drain the shreds on some paper towels to get rid of the excess moisture.

                  Here are some zucchini recipes to give you some ideas:
                  http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/side_di...es.html#squash
                  Thanks so much for this - I really appreciate it!
                  Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.

                  - Robert Louis Stevenson

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                  • #10
                    Finely shredded, it's also not a bad base for salads - soaks up the juices beautifully.

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                    • #11
                      i like to saute zuchinni w/ cherry tomatoes for a side dish.

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                      • #12
                        Mark's Zucchini Egg bake from his book is so delicious! I make a big batch and can eat it for Breakfast many days in a row adn not get sick of it. Great for Lunch/Dinner too. I searched online and found it on this blog:
                        http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/08/03/m...hini-egg-bake/

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                        • #13
                          I've been getting zucchini from my garden all Summer - two small plants providing just enough for me to eat some every day. I've been cubing up half a fist-sized chunk and sauteing it with broccoli and mushrooms (and misc other veggies as I see fit) for breakfast, along with some sort of protein like a few eggs, leftover chicken, or chicken livers (this morning - yum!).

                          I also bought two novelty-sized HUGE zucchini at the public market. They were far too hard and woody to use like traditional zucchini - center/seeds were stringy and the rind never softened. So I ended up peeling and scooping and cooked them like squash - which worked great!
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                          • #14
                            Found a nice soup recipe on the BBC website (courgette is the UK name for zucchini)

                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/it...ezucchini_9833

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                            • #15
                              Zucchini is great in curries, yum.

                              I like it brushed with a little oil, a dash of cracked pepper and some garlic and thin grilled, so good!
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