How to Use Up Extra Summer Zucchini

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At your wits end trying to figure out how to use up extra summer zucchini? I gathered over 25+ healthy ideas and recipes to use it all up!

Before today, if you searched for the word “zucchini” on the blog, you would have received zero results. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about that. But, if you’ve been following me on social media, you know our garden exploded with zucchini this year. Not. Even. Joking. After using about 12 extra-large zucchini, my hubby brought in 6 more! I was at my wits end trying to figure out out to use it.

Luckily, I have so many wonderful friends and family who gave me lots of ideas on how to use it! So, if you have the same problem I did, I’m sharing all the ideas and recipes I received on how to use up extra summer zucchini! If you have any recipes or ideas you love, be sure to share them below in the comments!

As I try more recipes, I’ll be updating this post. So, be sure to bookmark this one for later (links included at the bottom of the post)!

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Fresh and Quick Pico De Gallo

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This Fresh and Quick Pico De Gallo recipe is perfect to use up garden tomatoes! It’s made in about 15 minutes for quick eating and enjoyment!

My husband’s favorite way to use up fresh garden tomatoes is fresh and quick Pico de Gallo! Every year, he likes to make a dedicated pico de gallo section in our garden. So, he has lots of practice eating it. 😉

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Gone with the Wind Dessert

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Gone with the Wind Dessert on Plate and in Pan

With layers of cream cheese, chocolate and vanilla pudding, and whipped cream, all on a buttery walnut crust, this dessert is sure to be Gone with the Wind!

Today, I’m so excited to share one of our family’s favorite desserts: Gone with the Wind! The reason it’s called that is because when you eat it, it goes so fast, it’s “Gone with the Wind”!

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Whipped Topping and Yogurt Pie (Easy)

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Whipped Topping and Yogurt Pie with Slice

This simple Whipped Topping and Yogurt Pie is made in 5 minutes with only 3 ingredients! It’s a perfect, low-calorie, refrigerated or frozen summer treat.

This Whipped Topping and Yogurt Pie has been around for decades. It’s been around so long, I’m not sure where it originated. I was recently introduced to it through several videos on YouTube. Since I’ve been at home over the last few months, I’ve definitely gained a few pounds. Thankfully, this pie is very light, and it has relatively few calories for a dessert. It’s especially perfect for the summertime.

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Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

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This Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie is made in about 5 minutes for a quick and easy on-the-go breakfast or snack. It’s filling, delicious, and healthy.

Juggling school and work is no easy task. Especially when you are away from home for 14+ hours. Thankfully, I am no longer in that phase of life. But, I still love several of the quick recipes I found during that time. One of my favorite recipes is for a Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie.

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Purplesaurus Rex Drink Mix DIY

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Missing Kool-Aid’s Purplesaurus Rex Drink Mix? Well, now you can make a DIY version using two other Kool-Aid flavors still available! Oh, yeah!!!

As in a lot of families growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, Kool-Aid was a staple in our house. We drank it ALL. THE. TIME. In fact, it is one of the first things I learned to make on my own. Hands down, our family’s favorite flavor is Purplesaurus Rex.

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Air Fryer Hot Dogs

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Air Fryer Hot Dogs with Toasted Buns

IMHO, Air Fryer Hot Dogs taste just as good as ones made on the grill! Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, they couldn’t be easier or faster!

Unless, I’m in the mood for a hot dog, I don’t give it a second thought. However, when I want a hot dog, I WANT a hot dog. Know what a mean? I also want it grilled and slightly charred. However, I don’t own a grill, so Air Fryer Hot Dogs are the next best thing!

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Low-Carb Taco Casserole

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Low-Carb Taco Casserole with Fork

This Low-Carb Taco Casserole is one of my favorite low-carb dishes. It’s slightly spicy and full of flavor. Plus, easy to prepare and great for meal prep.

Whenever I am eating low-carb, I find it easier to transition my diet with Mexican dishes. You can easily remove a lot of the higher carb components, and using spices packs a lot of flavor so you don’t feel like you are missing out. This Low-Carb Taco Casserole is one of our favorite low-carb dishes. It’s easy to make, and it’s great for meal prep.

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Pantry Ingredient Enchilada Sauce

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A quick and easy Pantry Ingredient Enchilada Sauce recipe. Perfect for when you run out of enchilada sauce, or if you’re looking for a low-carb option.

Have you ever gone to the pantry, only to realize, you don’t have enchilada sauce you need for dinner? Then, everyone draws straws to see who goes back to the store? Or worse, you decide to scrap everything and make something else?

Well, I’m here to help you out. No more cutting your loses! This quick and easy pantry ingredient enchilada sauce recipe can be made in about 15 minutes. Plus, you may find you like it better than the canned varieties. Especially since you can control the ingredients, and you know what goes into it.

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One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl

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One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl with Wooden Spoon

This easy and flavorful One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl is one of my favorite Mexican-style recipes. Customizable and perfect for meal prep or busy weeknights.

This One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl is one of our family’s favorite recipes. My husband will go back for seconds, and that’s a big deal at our house! It’s also great for meal prep. If you only try one recipe from me this year, make sure it’s this one!

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