Zucchini falls under the umbrella of summer squashes, which means it is harvested before their rinds harden. You can add Zucchini as a light side to any dish since this fruit is really low in calories. Yes! Even though Zucchini is served as a vegetable, it is technically a fruit because it comes from a flower. Another great benefit of Zucchini is its high content of potassium which can lessen the harmful effects of sodium in your body, leading to lower risks of heart disease. Along with potassium, vitamin C which is a great antioxidant that can help the lining of the blood vessels function better, which can lower blood pressure and protect against clogged arteries.
Recipe of the Week
Zucchini with Corn and Cilantro Yield: 4 servings
1 Tsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp fresh lime juice
3 ½ Cups cubed Zucchini (about 1 lb)
¼ Tsp Salt
1 Cup frozen whole-kernel corn
1/8 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and corn; cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender.
Remove from heat, and stir in cilantro and remaining ingredients.
Full Recipe http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001733709,00.html
Swalin, R. (2014, August 14). 6 things you didn’t know about zucchini. The Huffington Post.
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