Though it is treated like a vegetable, zucchini is actually a fruit. Zucchini is a summer squash with ancestry in the Americas. However, it was developed in Italy and likely introduced to the United States in the 1920s by Italian immigrants. Zucca (the Italian word for pumpkins or squash) was combined with the root ina (which means little). Zucchini is the plural form of the word.
Zucchini is a calorie friendly food. There are about 21 calories in a one cup serving. It’s a good source of vitamin C. It provides lutein and zeaxanthin, which are both good for vision. It is also a source of manganese. Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked. Grilled zucchini is easy to prepare and delicious to eat.
- Zucchini (rinsed clean and patted dry)
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Pre-heat the grill.
- Slice the clean zucchini lengthwise. (Each medium to large zucchini should yield 3 to 4 slices.)
- Drizzle the zucchini slices with olive oil, coating them well.
- Lightly sprinkle the zucchini slices with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and pepper.
- Place the zucchini on the hot grill.
- Cook the zucchini for about 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the thickness of the slices).
- Gently turn the zucchini over and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove the zucchini from the grill with a spatula.
- Drizzle the cooked zucchini with more olive oil.
- Sprinkle more of the seasonings on the zucchini if desired. Serve it immediately.
Serve grilled zucchini as a side dish or as the main course. Add flavor to zucchini by sprinkling it with fresh or dried Italian herbs. Parmesan cheese also adds flavor to grilled zucchini. Sprinkle it on while the zucchini is still warm.