I love to cook. I love developing family dinner ideas using what I have available in my kitchen without a lot of pre-planning. But, I find myself struggling sometimes to come up with a side dish. I get so tired of steamed broccoli! So, I decided to create an easy resource for zucchini side dishes to enjoy.
For this zucchini side dishes collection I’ve focused on recipes that are low-carb and low-glycemic. They all fit the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan.
For those who don’t know Trim Healthy Mama is a low-glycemic eating plan that teaches you how to balance, healthy carbs, with healthy fats. It’s not too overwhelming and because you get to eat both carbs & fats, you won’t feel deprived. These recipes also may work with a Keto or Paleo diet. Just be sure to read the ingredient lists and compare them to your plan of choice.
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Now, even if you aren’t eating a special diet like Keto, or THM you can still enjoy these healthy delicious recipes. Even though they are healthy that doesn’t mean they aren’t full of flavor. In fact, the opposite is true.
So, take a peak and choose a side dish today to get started with. Be sure to PIN or bookmark this page so you can come back to it again and again whenever you need a side dish idea for your family.
15 Healthy Zucchini Side Dish Recipes
This simple, yet tasty Bacon & Swiss Zucchini Bake from Joy Filled Eats is both low-carb and low-fat. For those following the Trim Healthy Mama plan that means it’s a Fuel-pull. It does have a small amount of bacon. You can use turkey bacon to reduce fat even further, or eliminate altogether if you are avoiding fats.
Zucchini Au Gratin Side Dish from Mrs. Criddles Kitchen is everything you want in an au gratin! The creamy goodness of the cheese coupled with the crispy topping is a perfectly balanced, healthy side dish. The cheese puts this squarely in the satisfying side of low-carb goodness.
It doesn’t get any easier than these Garlic Parmesan Zucchini slices at Joy Filled Eats. This is low-carb, grain free, and so yum! It’s a savory, satisfying dish that serves perfectly with any favorite chicken recipe.
Who doesn’t love pizza? No one! Kids especially do, and with a Zucchini Pizza Bites Recipe from Wholesome Yum that is both low carb, and gluten-free you’ll be able to satisfy anyone’s pizza craving. These can be either a side-dish or an entree, or served with lunch. I’d certainly pair them with a pork chop or meatloaf.
One of my favorite things at a meal is bread! But, plain white bread isn’t going to be very low-carb friendly! However, this Fried Breaded Zucchini from Briana Thomas is satisfying, low-carb, and even sugar, gluten and nut free.
This, low-fat 2 Bean Zucchini Salad by Sheri Graham is a wonderful side dish for summer. Because it’s served cold! It is not too heavy but the beans are filling. Serve it with some chicken or turkey breasts for a healthy, energizing meal.
Whenever I think of fritters I think of the south! Zucchini Fritters from Oh Sweet Mercy doesn’t disappoint either. They have that crispy on the outside, tender on the inside bite I love when eating a fritter. Yet, these are healthy, satisfying, and best of all low-carb.
These may surprise you if you aren’t used to a low-carb lifestyle. But, Low Carb Zucchini Fries from Low Carb Yum have a unique crispiness that will have you wanting more. You sure won’t miss the potato with these fries.
Lemon & Feta Summer Zucchini Salad from Joy Filled Eats is another zucchini salad that’s served cold. This one pairs with feta which gives it a little zing in every bite.
Healthy Zucchini Nachos Baked with Chili from Low Carb Yum is both Keto and Trim Healthy Mama friendly. They can be served as a side dish, or as appetizers. They pair well with with fajitas on low-carb wraps.
I love mushrooms! These Two Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms from Joy Filled Eats are a perfect bite of zucchini, cheese and that delectable mushroom. This goes so well with steak, or low-carb pasta with marinara.
Don’t skip over these Zucchini Cheesy Pannies from Mrs. Criddles Kitchen. The name “pannies” is just a fun way of referring to a zucchini pancake. Think of them as a simple, easy way to prepare a pan bread as a side dish for your dinner or Sunday brunch. They are tasty and can even provide a way to fit in some veggies for breakfast.
You’ll likely recognize the cooking process for this Fried Summer Squash from over at Mama Shire. It’s probably one of the most well-known ways of cooking zucchini and yellow squash, only it uses a healthier oil, coconut oil.
Zucchini Medley by Bunny’s Warm Oven is a summer dinner must! It’s chock full of summer veggie goodness. No matter what protein you are serving this side will make a great addition.
With a Vegetable Noodle Stir-Fry from Diabetes Strong you could use it as a one bowl dish, a main dish, or a side when pairing with other Asian style foods. It’s healthy goodness would pair well with sushi, or Asian or Hawaiian style pork.
What do you think? Are you ready to incorporate more zucchini into our summer dinner ideas? I sure am. These zucchini side dish ideas can take you through summer if you do one a week.