If you’re already living the LCHF lifestyle, you will know that courgettes are low in carbs, just 2g. carb per 100g, and they are probably high up on your must buy shopping (or growing) list. They may not pack the nutritional punch of other green vegetables (broccoli, kale etc.) but they do contain significant levels of potassium to control blood pressure and vitamin C to boost your immune system.
The courgette’s thin dark skin is high in soluble fibre, which slows digestion and stabilises blood sugar levels – potentially getting rid of those pesky mid-afternoon sweet cravings. Soluble fibre can also prevent constipation and help with those horrible IBS symptoms so many of us endure.
You can buy courgettes from most big supermarkets as well as small farmers markets (when in season). Many prefer to buy locally sourced courgettes as supermarkets can of course ship vegetables thousands of miles despite them being in season a few minutes down the road, but how and where you buy is always a personal choice.
Yes, this nutrient-dense vegetable deserves all the love it can get. Here are some reasons why:
High in fibre and water
Contains significant amounts of vitamins B6, riboflavin, folate, C, and K
Rich in minerals like potassium and manganese
Reduces constipation and other digestive issues
Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients
Here are some recipe suggestions you may like to try to include this vegetable in your menu plans.
Spinach and ricotta lasagne with courgette (zucchini) pasta
see recipe here
see recipe here
Courgette / Zucchini Pizza Boats
see recipe here
Tomato, Basil and Lemon Courgette / Zucchini Pasta
Low Carb : Vegan : Gluten-free
see recipe here
All the best Jan
That lasagna looks amazing as do the others thanks.
ooh, I like the pizza boats
We always used to have a glut of courgettes when we had the allotment, it's always good to have plenty of recipes to use them up in.
I love zukes, that's what we call them in our house. Though I've seen marrow often used in the UK magazines that I read at Barnes. Then there's courgettes the fancy pants name. Whichever name, they are also very good in homemade ice cream for building bulk but not adding flavour. Good little veg with lots of uses. Though, the ones at the market I find are bland, bland, bland. The ones I've grown or eaten from local gardens are way better. Still, not a popping veg but I still love me some zukes.
Great recipes. Thanks for sharing them.
They are incredibly versatile aren't they? I enjoy them (as long as they are still babies).
...a good way to use all of those surplus zucchini.
I'e done zucchini boats before. You can stuff them with so many things.
I'm not really a fan, I find them a bit boring, but Neil eats loads of courgettes x
Now I have some ideas to try someday besides zucchini soup, which I love.
Great recipes! Zucchini is a favourite for me!
I need to bookmark this one for August when there is zucchini overload!
I love tomato and basil....and mozzarella cheese. All that looks great.
oh that Lasagna looks so good! My DIL makes one that I love - and i think its about time she does that again;)
Oh yes, we do like zucchini here and eat it often.
One of my favorite veggies. I will have to try those pizza boats. That is a great use of zucchini!
wow scrumptious recipes, thanks.x
I recall boats using Zuchs
Hmmm. Looks yummy! And: I worked the oven. Twice! So... if I can eat after my visit to the dentist... (nah, don´t jinx is, right).
WOW...these dishes look so tasty!!
The lasagne is calling me...I had been wondering what to cook for dinner tonight.
Thank you so much😊😊
That lasagna looks delicious, I'm saving the recipe.
I enjoy zucchini, and use it often. Thanks Jan
How good are all these recipes you propose, I like the three, maybe more baked zucchini. It may be because here we have many zucchini, they are even exported throughout Europe. Its properties are very interesting. Thank you very much for sharing with us.
Wish you a very nice day, big hugs,
I like courgettes, but I'm not too adventurous with them, so thanks for the links, these recipe's sound good.
I do like courgettes and grow them in my garden in the summer. Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are on the menu for tonight here. The pizza boats look delicious!
They do look wonderful. xxx
Interesting, tasty, tempting ideas. :)
We just had our evening meal a little bit ago, but these still look and sound so delicious.
Zucchini is one if those "background" vegetables that can be used with just about anything, always good to have on hand. We use it in ratatouille, pasta sauces and stir fries and even bake zucchini bread in the fall when everyone with a garden is giving it away!
these are really good ideas for zucchini...a great, easy to grow vegetable for summer gardens!! these look very good!!
Very nice, yummy too.
Quite a different kind of lasagna.
I'm a great fan of courgettes
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