There is actually nothing that I despise more than throwing away food. It especially irks me at home because I have full authority over what I buy, and how I use it up. The best way I’ve found to solve this ongoing waste aggravation is to making it into a fun cooking challenge for myself by finding creative ways to use up my groceries. Zucchini is an incredibly versatile ingredient, and happens to be one of my favorite summer veggies as well. Make it sweet, make it savory, serve it hot, serve it cold—you name it, this veg can do it. Even though I love zucchini, sometimes I get a little too excited, and end up buying more than I was really planning to eat. I’m honestly a little embarrassed of how often I find myself with an abundance of this green beauty in my house with no real use or intention for it. That being the case, I’ve learned to be very inventive with zucchini.
If you happen to ever find yourself in the same position, here are 14 creative and delicious ways I’ve found to make the most of my over-eager zucchini purchasing:
This piece originally appeared on MyRecipes.