One way to move forward with self-care is to eat well. The easiest way I’ve found to eat well is to enjoy protein and vegetables over a bed of lettuce. While I do that almost daily, sometimes I miss the texture of potatoes or pasta and zucchini fills that need perfectly.
I don’t promote one way of eating over another, (i.e. keto vs vegan), but I do feel most people eat way too much sugar & starch. Namely pop, potatoes, processed foods & pasta. These foods taste good, fill us up and keep us alive, but tend to wreck havoc with our health. In order to thrive, we need to eat more vegetables. That’s where zucchini comes in.
When I mention zucchini, most people think of zucchini bread or fried zucchini. But there’s so much more you can do with zucchini than fry it or have it for breakfast. Having almost no flavor of it’s own, it easily takes on the flavor of whatever it’s cooked or baked with. Making it one of the most versatile vegetables in the garden.
Using Zucchini to Move Forward with Self-Care
Zucchini is also a great way for you to move forward with your self-care goals by eating well. Zucchini is low in calories and is a great substitute for pasta or potatoes. Allowing you to cut back on those starchy foods and fill up on more vegetables. It also adds color and extra fiber, especially if you use ones that are 10 inches or less in length, as the skins and seeds are tender enough to eat – where all the good vitamins and minerals are!
Go-To Zucchini Recipes
I have a few go-to zucchini recipes that I can easily switch up by swapping out different ingredients. This helps keep variety in my meals without it taking too much time thinking about what I’m going to cook or the cooking itself.
One way is super simple. Cut the zucchini into finger-sized wedges (think potato wedges). Spray or drizzle with a little olive oil. Lightly salt & roast in the oven at 375-400F for 30-40 minutes. You could sprinkle on different herbs, spices, a seasoning mix (My Favorite Handyman likes Todd’s Dirt), parmesan cheese, or use butter for different flavors.
When I’m hungry for a casserole (or hot dish, depending on where you live), this Zucchini Melt really hits the spot. It only takes 10 minutes of hands-on prep. The hour it takes to bake leaves me plenty of time to clean up the kitchen, move my body, finish up work, balance my checkbook (yes, I still do that!) or make a phone call.
Not only is it delicious any way I fix it, the real kicker is that I feel good after I eat it. My blood sugar levels stay level and that means my other hormones stay balanced at optimal levels, keeping my energy and mood at high levels too. All so I can live the happy, active, vibrant life God is calling me to.
Moving into fall, you may be getting tired of lettuce. Zucchini is another great go-to, ‘filler’ vegetable.
Try zucchini instead of pasta or potatoes & let me know how it helps you move forward with your self-care goals.
Enjoy the Journey!