Wednesday’s Soups

  • One zucchini has just 25 calories (compared to a baked potato, for example, which has 130 calories).
  •  The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.  This leaves me to wonder how you would prepare/eat it.  Would you toss a little in a salad or…maybe throw some in soup?  In Mexico, the flower is often used as an ingredient for soup,
  • The world’s largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs.  And I thought the zucchinis I once grew in a garden were big! 
  • According to World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition info, nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
  • The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca’ the Italian word for squash.
  • Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.

** Let me add here though that the really large ones can be used in a variety of dishes.   Grated zucchini can be added to pasta sauce, zucchini bread, muffins, and many other dishes.    You can also make something I’ve always referred to as “zucchini boats.”   This is essentially a hollowed out zucchini, and then filling it with a meat tomato sauce with grated zucchini added and baking it in the oven.   Tasty!  

And you can find some in one Chef Steve’s soups:

Couscous with Spinach, Zucchini, and Chick Pea (vegan)

Mixed Bean, Vegetable, and Tomato (gluten free and vegan)

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