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Zucchini is one of the wonder vegetables we have in the world today and for very good reasons.
It’s low carb, nutrient packed and quite versatile. Plus, it’s loaded with a lot of health benefits as well which makes it great for low carb and ketogenic diets too. But I’m sure you’ve heard that a couple of times already.
The main problem people tend to have with veggies, is incorporating them into their diet, especially when you’re not exactly a veggie kind of person. It would either take a miracle or a truly delicious recipe to get that to happen.
We’re a little short on miracles for now, but luckily for you, there are lots of ways you can enjoy the benefits of zucchinis on the keto diet thanks to tons of delicious low carb zucchini recipes.
You don’t even have to be a lover of veggies to enjoy these recipes. These keto zucchini recipes are so good, they’ll make your mouth water. But first, let’s take a little look at this wonderful low carb vegetable.
A little info about zucchinis
Zucchini is a summer squash plant grown in different places across the world like its siblings, pumpkin, spaghetti squash and cucumber. It has a great nutrient profile, which makes it great for almost any kind of diet.
A 100g serving of zucchini contains only 17 calories, 1.2g of protein, 3g of total carbs, 1g fiber (2g net carbs) and only 0.3g of fat, alongside with important vitamins and other nutrients.
This is one of the reasons why it is really good for weight loss. Plus, it is quite versatile when it comes to cooking. There are tons of interesting ways to use zucchinis in the kitchen.
Also, they contribute to a number of keto friendly substitutions to popular high carb foods, for example zucchini chips in the place of regular chips and zoodles in the place of pasta.
These and tons of other reasons, contribute to why zucchinis are so great. And let’s not forget healthy. Here are some health benefits of this amazing veggie.
Health benefits of zucchini
Some health benefits associated with this awesome low carb veggie include
- They are high in antioxidants which help fight inflammation and protect against certain types of cancer
- Promotes healthy digestion due to their fiber content
- Help reduce blood sugar levels and support weight loss
- Helps to improve heart health and cholesterol levels
- Promotes eye health
And lots more.
As you can see, it is truly a wonder veggie. Now it’s time to make you salivate! Here are 18 delicious keto zucchini recipes that’ll make your mouth water.
1) Zucchini Tomato Casserole
Casseroles are one of the best ways to enjoy your vegetables anytime. This good looking zucchini tomato casserole is pretty easy to whip up and in rich in good flavour that is certain to make you want more.
All you need is about 30 minutes and you have a delicious keto dinner ready to go. A serving of this delight contains only 4g of net carbs, which is totally great.
2) Low Carb Zucchini Fritters
These yummy low carb fritters are perfect for breakfast or lunch, or even a nice snack when you feel like it, and they can be prepared pretty easily. Even if you’re not a fan of veggies, you can’t go wrong with this.
You could whip this up in 30 short minutes and each serving contains only 3g of net carbs.
3) Zucchini Spaghetti With Meatballs
Even though you can’t have regular pasta on a ketogenic diet, that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to it forever. Zoodles are one of the best pasta substitutes for low carb and keto dieters.
This low carb spaghetti with meatballs is so easy and delicious, you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing here. A serving of this has only 8g net carbs.
4) Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
Like I said earlier, this wonder veggie is so versatile, you can create anything from breakfast to dinner to side dish to dessert with it. It’s just so great and this delicious chocolate zucchini cupcake is another prime example.
Its rich in all the chocolatey goodness you could dream of and yet still very healthy and super nutritious. Plus, combined with the mocha frosting, no one would believe if you told them it was low carb. But it is.
One cupcake contains only 3.5g net carbs, so I don’t see how anyone could say no.
5) Zucchini Sausage Breakfast Bake
Breakfast can be a real head scratcher at times. Well not in this case. This tasty breakfast bake comes around in just a couple of minutes and uses just a few ingredients to get the job done. Definitely a must try.
6) Grilled Zucchini Lasagna
Pasta is something you definitely don’t have to miss out on once you go keto. And luckily, this low carb zucchini pasta is packed with delicious flavour that will satisfy your cravings for lasagna. Knock it up in a couple of minutes and enjoy.
7) Keto Zucchini Bread
Regular bread may be out the picture on a ketogenic diet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy soft, tender breads that taste great and will satisfy your cravings.
This yummy low carb bread is your perfect go to. Soft, tender, super easy to make and incredibly delicious. You won’t even taste the zucchini in this situation, which is great.
Plus topped with crushed nuts adds more taste and nutritional goodness to the bread. And did I mention it comes out at just about 2g net carbs per serving?
8) Keto Chocolate Bundt Cake
You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy this dessert. It combines the nutritional goodness of zucchini and the tasty goodness of good ol’ chocolate to create a cake that is as irresistible as it is healthy.
And it takes just 10 simple minutes to prep this and then you let it chill in the oven for a while and you’re good to go. Each serving delivers only 3.8g net carbs.
9) Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Stuffed veggies are a classic favourite, being as tasty as they are nutritious. Plus, there’s always room for variations when it comes to your choice of stuffing.
These ones use a nice and well-seasoned beef stuffing, alongside some tomatoes, onions, marinara sauce and all topped with cheese. It makes the perfect family meal that everyone will love.
What’s better is that it takes just about 30 minutes to get done and delivers only 11g of net carbs per huge belly filling serving.
10) Keto Zucchini Tots
These work great as a low carb snack, side dish or even as an appetizer if you have a crowd over. Rich in cheesy goodness, it takes just a handful of ingredients and about 30 minutes total to get these done.
11) Bacon Zucchini Fries
They say if you want to make something taste better than it already is, then wrap it in bacon. I certainly don’t disagree in this situation. These bacon wrapped zucchini fries are as simple and tasty as they come.
With just few ingredients and a couple of minutes, you can enjoy these as a nice snack or appetizer. Even your picky eater would be asking you for more.
12) Super Simple Zucchini Pie
Rich in cheesy and tasty goodness, this crustless quiche has everything it takes to make a satisfying breakfast/lunch idea. It comes out with a nice soft texture and requires little time to prepare.
With just 5 minutes of prep and a few more in the oven, you’ll be good to go. And you can always save some for later.
13) Easy Zucchini Beef Saute
You don’t necessarily need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing the perfect dinner. This easy beef saute uses just 6 ingredients and comes around in a total of 15 minutes.
And thanks to the cilantro, garlic and tamari sauce, each bite is full of flavour and healthy goodness. Each serving contains only 4g net carbs.
14) Chicken Zucchini Enchilada
Regular tortillas are way too high in carbs. But luckily on a ketogenic diet, there are lots of interesting substitutions you can use that still work great.
These chicken enchiladas use a zucchini tortilla which is made from thin layers of the vegetable. It holds well, just like the regular tortillas. Plus topped with cheese and filled with chicken, it’s more than enough to satisfy your Mexican cravings.
Each serving delivers only 4.4g net carbs.
15) Zucchini Pizza Casserole
Rich in all the good flavours you love, this pizza casserole is a nice healthy family meal everyone would love. It uses a decent zucchini crust which holds firm, and is topped with the delicious pizza fillings and toppings you already know and like.
You can always experiment with your choice of toppings. Each serving comes out at about 9g net carbs.
16) Cheesy zucchini muffins
These muffins are simple, easy and tasty and make a great low carb snack or appetizer. They comes together pretty quickly too, requiring just about 20 minutes prep and a few more in the oven. Each serving has 3g net carbs.
17) Garlic Butter Shrimp Zoodles
Simple, easy and yummy, this comes together in less than 30 minutes and makes a quite satisfying meal. It’s a great substitute for regular shrimp pasta, and tastes just as good.
18) Keto Zucchini Bread Whoopie Pies
Depending on how you like to enjoy them, these whoopie pies are great for a quick and stress free low carb breakfast or a nice healthy snack. You only need 30 minutes in total to get these done and each serving delivers only 2.5g net carbs.
So as you can see, there are lots of delicious ways to enjoy this wonderful veggie. These 18 incredible keto zucchini recipes are sure to keep you satisfied and happy. Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to love them.
Which one was your favourite? Tell us below.