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36 Paleo Zucchini Recipes From Fritters To Lasagna Rolls

Louise Hendon | November 9
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You may have tried zucchini in stir-fries or salads before, and maybe even in lasagna. But who would have thought you could make delicious desserts from zucchini? At first, I thought it was a silly idea – but then I decided to give it a try.

I swear, the first time I made my friends try Paleo zucchini chocolate muffins they refused to believe there was any kind of vegetable in it. The muffins were so wonderfully moist and flavorful, I almost didn’t believe it myself!

Since then, zucchini has become one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. I love it in stir-fried dinners, as grilled slices, and sometimes just quickly grated with a nice Paleo-friendly salad dressing. And if you happen to have this wonder veggie growing in your own garden, you are in for a treat.

Why You Should Add More Zucchini In Your Diet

Why not? Zucchini has quite a mild flavor and a wonderful texture, and it can work as a great substitute for pasta or even meat. Zucchini is not just tasty – it also contains various nutrients that can have a positive impact on your diet.

  1. Zucchini can help lower your blood sugar levels, by increasing your fiber intake.
  2. For the same reason; fiber, zucchini can also improve your digestion and support your weight loss.
  3. The anti-inflammatory nutrients, like Vitamin A and Vitamin C, can help your body fight inflammation.
  4. Zucchini contains plenty of water, so it will help you feel full for longer.

On this vast list of Paleo zucchini recipes you’ll find some of my favorite salads, fritters, sautes, breads and – believe it or not, even chocolate cake! In my opinion, until you’ve tried zucchini fries you haven’t really lived.

Here are just a few of the Paleo Zucchini Recipes we’ve included:

Paleo Zucchini Appetizers & Snacks

Paleo Zucchini Fritters

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Zucchini Fritters Recipe #paleo https://paleoflourish.com/paleo-zucchini-fritters-recipe

Ingredients: zucchinis, green onions, onion powder, garlic powder, coconut flour, eggs, salt, ground black pepper, avocado oil.

These tasty fritters make a great lunchtime dish, especially if you serve them with tomato salsa or a chunky Paleo tomato sauce. They are easy to make and are popular with kids and adults alike. Zucchini is a great source of vitamins and healthy minerals and can be a great low carb vegetable to use on Keto diets too. It is also quite cheap and can be useful for feeding large families or those on a tight budget.

Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers Recipe [Paleo, Keto, AIP]

– Paleo Flourish

Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers Recipe [Paleo, Keto, AIP]

Ingredients: zucchini, ground beef, avocado, olive or avocado oil, salt, Paleo mayo, mustard.

The overall appearance of these little bites is so impressive that they would make a great dish to serve if you have guests over for a few drinks. Using zucchini instead of buns makes these snacks lighter and less filling, making them a good idea for children too. Simply serve with some mustard and a green side salad for a lovely summery lunch that fits with both Paleo and Keto diets.

Italian Paleo Zucchini Fries

– Paleo Flourish

Italian Paleo Zucchini Fries Recipe #paleo https://paleoflourish.com/italian-paleo-zucchini-fries-recipe

Ingredients: zucchini, coconut flour, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper.

If you have been missing the crunchy fries you were used to before going Paleo, then here is the answer! These fries are crispy, crunchy and full of Italian flavor and, served with a tomato dip, make a great dish for parties or for sharing with the family on film or game nights. This recipe is low in carbs and calories and can be useful if you have been missing your usual snacks.

Paleo Ropa Vieja Zucchini Boats

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Ropa Vieja Zucchini Boats

Ingredients: zucchini, cooked shredded beef, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, coconut oil.

This is quite an adaptable recipe because you can actually use ground beef instead of shredded, but these would be a great way to use up leftover roast beef. If you don’t like zucchini you can use a small squash of any type you like and cook it in the same way. Serving food in ‘boats’ can look quite impressive so this could be on the menu for your next Paleo dinner party!

Spicy Seasoned Keto Zucchini Fries Recipe

– Keto Summit

Spicy Seasoned Keto Zucchini Fries Recipe

Ingredients: zucchini, coconut flour, onion powder, salt, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, black pepper.

Perfect with tomato salsa or a good guacamole, these tasty zucchini fries can be a great party food option for your next film or game night. They are reasonably low in carbs and are packed with flavor from the chili powder and paprika. If you are not keen on heat, opt for mild chili powder or just miss it out. These chips are best served right away.

No Mayo Cilantro Chicken Salad

– Meatified

No Mayo Cilantro Chicken Salad

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: cooked chicken, zucchini, coconut cream (from a chilled can of coconut milk), dried garlic, fresh cilantro, lemon juice, salt.

Here is a keto recipe that would be the perfect way to use up leftover cooked chicken! Although it does not involve mayo, you still have a wonderfully thick and creamy dressing to coat the chicken pieces. This salad is best eaten right away as the zucchini will release too much liquid if it is left to sit in the refrigerator. If you don’t like cilantro you can use Italian parsley instead.

Cilantro Lime Paleo Hummus

– Meatified

Cilantro Lime Hummus

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: zucchini, tahini, extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, roasted garlic powder, fresh cilantro, salt.

Normally hummus is made using chickpeas, but this recipe uses zucchini instead, so this would be a good alternative for Paleo people or for anyone who can’t have legumes. This hummus has a lovely citrus kick from the limes and has the traditional flavor of garlic. This can be used as a dip for parties and my family love it with celery and carrot sticks for a snack or for a quick lunch.

Lasagna Rolls (Vegan, Keto & Paleo):

– Healy Eats Real

Lasagna Rolls (Vegan, Keto & Paleo):

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: eggplant, zucchini, tomato sauce, ghee or coconut oil, salt, pepper, raw cashews, water, garlic powder.

These little rolls make a wonderful appetizer, especially if your guests are vegetarian or vegan. They are quite straightforward to prepare and the color of the tomato sauce adds a lovely finishing touch. Just remember to salt and dry off as much moisture as you can from the zucchini and eggplant so that the rolls don’t end up too soggy.

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Patties (Paleo/Gluten-Free)

– Cavegirl Cuisine

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Patties (paleo/gluten-free)

Photo Credit: Michelle from Cavegirl Cuisine

Ingredients: eggs, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, almond meal, coconut flour, coconut oil, sea salt and pepper.

These amazing patties are gluten free, so they are perfect if you have anyone in the family with Coeliac Disease. They are delicious served warm for breakfast or thrown together for a quick lunchtime dish. You don’t have to use both vegetables – the recipe works just as well with either zucchini or squash on their own as the main ingredient.

Paleo Zucchini Main Meals

Easy Zucchini Beef Saute with Garlic and Cilantro

– Paleo Flourish

Easy Zucchini Beef Saute with Garlic and Cilantro

Ingredients: beef, zucchini, cilantro, garlic, gluten-free tamari sauce, avocado oil or coconut oil or olive oil.

Beef is a very satisfying meat and can be served throughout the year, especially in a stir-fry form like this. Try to use a good cut of meat, but if you are on a budget, cheaper cuts can also be used. Instead of chopping the zucchini into strips, you could also try serving it over spiralized zucchini, which resembles noodles. This recipe makes a fantastic light Paleo and AIP meal for the whole family!

Cheesy Paleo Zucchini Soup Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Cheesy Paleo Zucchini Soup Recipe #paleo https://paleoflourish.com/cheesy-paleo-zucchini-soup-recipe

Ingredients: coconut oil, onion, zucchini, chicken broth, nutritional yeast, coconut cream, basil leaves.

This lovely recipe is a great example of how to use nutritional yeast to give food a cheesy taste, without having to add dairy. This is based on broccoli and stilton soup, which is popular around the globe. The soup is filling and hearty and has such a great vivid green color that it would be perfect as a Paleo appetizer on St. Patrick’s Day!

Pan-Fried Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe [Paleo, Keto]

– Paleo Flourish

Pan-Fried Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe with Tomatoes and Fresh Basil [Paleo, Keto]

Ingredients: chicken breasts, egg, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, olive oil or avocado oil, zucchini.

Here is another quick low carb recipe that is full of fresh flavors! Because the chicken is cooked quickly it keeps all its flavor and doesn’t dry out. Also, basil and tomato together is really a match made in heaven, so adding them to this pasta dish is a great idea. Basil is easy to grow in pots in the kitchen so you could have a source of freshness to add to soups and sauces any time.

Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

– Paleo Flourish

Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

Ingredients: chicken breasts, ghee or coconut oil, canned diced tomatoes, basil, coconut milk, garlic, salt, zucchini or spaghetti squash.

This is a quick and easy Paleo recipe which is ideal for a fast meal after a busy day. It can also be made quite cheaply so it is a great meal for students! The rich flavors of tomato and fragrant basil are so appealing and make this dish taste amazing. If you don’t have a spiralizer it doesn’t matter, you can simply shred the zucchini in a food processor or use a grater.

Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Ingredients: chicken broth, chicken breast, avocado oil, celery, onion, cilantro, zucchini, salt.

Chicken-based soups have long been used as a tasty comforting plate of goodness when you are not well, and this delicious recipe gives you soup that is also compliant with Paleo, Keto and AIP eating plans. This soup is nourishing and easy to digest, making it great for young and old alike. But don’t worry – you don’t have to have a cold or be feeling down to enjoy this tasty treat!

Garlic Oregano Olive Tapenade Recipe [Paleo, AIP, Keto]

– Paleo Flourish

garlic oregano olive tapenade recipe #paleo #recipe #aip https://paleoflourish.com/garlic-oregano-olive-tapenade-recipe

Ingredients: pitted olives, fresh oregano leaves, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, zucchini, sardines.

Here is another really impressive Paleo sauce that you can make in just minutes! This tapenade has all the tastes of the Mediterranean, with the garlic and olives, and can be used as a sauce with zucchini ‘pasta’, or served with chicken thighs to boost the flavor. My favorite way to eat this is to serve it with salmon as it makes the perfect partner with fish.

Asian Garlic Beef Noodles Recipe [Paleo, Keto, AIP]

– Paleo Flourish

Asian Garlic Beef Noodles Recipe [Paleo, Keto, AIP]

Ingredients: onion, beef, avocado oil, tamari sauce or coconut aminos, garlic, fresh ginger, cilantro, shredded zucchini or shirataki noodles.

Ginger and garlic are the most common basic ingredients in Asian cuisine and they make this dish taste so good! This recipe is quite quick to make, giving you a speedy, tasty Paleo meal for unexpected dinner guests or after a busy day at work. The aromas from the beef will definitely make your mouth water! Try using a red onion instead for a gentler, slightly sweeter taste.

Easy Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

– Paleo Flourish

Easy Paleo Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: onion, canned diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bell pepper, zucchini, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper, honey, cucumber.

If you have been missing pasta now that you are eating the Paleo way, here is a great recipe that uses cucumber or spaghetti squash to replicate the spaghetti. It doesn’t have the same flavor as regular pasta, but can be eaten in the same way while keeping the carbs down and making this dish egg and wheat free. This dish is also low in calories, perfect for people who are watching their weight.

Bacon Zucchini Mushroom Stir-Fry

– Paleo Flourish

Bacon Zucchini Mushroom Stir-Fry

Ingredients: zucchinis, baby portobello mushrooms, scallions, parsley, thick bacon, coconut oil.

One of the best things about stir-fry dishes is that they are so quick to make – ideal after a busy day at work! This dish is meaty and satisfying and ready to eat in minutes. It has the tasty bacon, soft zucchini and wonderful mushrooms for a lovely combination of flavor and texture. Once you have cooked the bacon, save any fat for frying your next Paleo meal to add extra flavor.

Paleo Garlic Zucchini Saute Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Garlic Zucchini Saute Recipe

Ingredients: baby squash or zucchini, garlic, olive oil.

This is another simple but amazing Paleo-compliant recipe for a vegetable dish that can be used for lunch or served as a side for a main meal. It takes only a few minutes to make and you can use any squash you have instead of the zucchini. If you use a number of different squash varieties you can get some amazing colors in this dish as well.

Keto Eggplant and Zucchini “Lasagna” Recipe

– Keto Summit

Keto Eggplant and Zucchini “Lasagna” Recipe

Ingredients: eggplant, zucchini, onion, olive oil, garlic, white button mushroom, ground beef, canned diced tomatoes, gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos, sesame seeds, sea salt, pepper.

If you are following the keto diet for weight loss, this is the meal for you! The calorie count is super-low and the lasagne is low in carbs and dairy free. Lasagne can be a great meal if you are on a tight budget as you can add in more mushrooms and onions to make the beef go further – great for big families too. If you prefer, this dish can be made with just zucchini or eggplant instead of both.

Zuke-Fest Breakfast

– The Healthy Foodie

Zuke Fest Breakfast

Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie

Ingredients: cooked ground beef, mushrooms, salt, pepper, grey zucchini, green 8 ball zucchini, yellow pattypan squash, eggplant or aubergine, tomato, fresh parsely, extra-virgin olive oil.

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it is full of fresh flavors from real food that you just know is good for you! This is a combination of cooked ground beef (other ground meat can be used) and various veggies, giving you a nutritious Paleo breakfast to keep you going all morning. If you don’t do meat and veg in the morning, simply serve this at lunch instead!

Vietnamese Stir Fry (Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free)

– Slim Palate

Vietnamese Stir Fry (Paleo, Grain free, Gluten Free)

Photo Credit: Josh from Slim Palate

Ingredients: zucchini, red bell pepper, carrot, garlic, fish sauce, ginger, curry powder, lime juice, precooked meat of choice, cilantro, walnut or avocado oil, toasted sesame oil, pepper to taste.

This is an amazing stir fry dish which has all the flavors you associate with the East; saltiness from the fish sauce, garlic and ginger which is a classic combination and a hint of citrus. This Paleo dish is grain and gluten free and is totally adaptable as you can use whatever meat you have. This works well with chicken, beef or pork and has even been tried with shrimp!

Southwestern Zucchini Soup

– Savory Lotus

Southwestern Zucchini Soup

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: onion, garlic, zucchini, yellow summer, homemade broth (chicken, beef, or veggie), green chilis or jalapenos, coconut milk, cumin powder, cilantro, lemon or lime juice, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, ghee or coconut oil, avocado.

If you are following the Paleo diet for health reasons, it can be very helpful to keep a stock of homemade bone broth to use for soups and stews as this can both help with gut issues, and give you a really healthy source of flavor. That is what gives this homemade soup its depth of taste, and you can use whatever broth you have. So next time you have roast chicken, don’t throw the carcass away!

Pan Roasted Cauliflower & Zucchini

– Popular Paleo

Pan Roasted Cauliflower & Zucchini

Photo Credit: Ciarra from Popular Paleo

Ingredients: cauliflower, zucchini, garlic, dried Italian seasoning, onion powder, Celtic sea salt, red chili flakes, coconut oil.

I first tasted roasted cauliflower in a fancy restaurant years ago, and was amazed at how good it was, so this is a favorite dish in our house. Pan-roasting it gives it a slight sweetness which is lovely with the zucchini as a side dish. To make it into a full main meal, you could add in some shrimp, shredded chicken or extra veggies for a vegetarian option.

Zucchini Stir-Fry with Curry Leaves

– My Heart Beets

Zucchini Stir-Fry with Curry Leaves

Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets

Ingredients: coconut oil, black mustard seeds, white onion, serrano peppers, fresh curry leaves, grated coconut, Kashmiri chili powder or cayenne pepper, turmeric powder, salt, zucchini, yellow squash.

Apart from giving this dish a wonderful aromatic scent and amazing flavor, curry leaves are full of health-enhancing nutrients. They have several vitamins and can improve your ability to fight infection. Along with the black mustard seeds, they add a wonderful depth of flavor to this simple dish, making it a great one to serve with an Asian-inspired Paleo dinner.

Summer Vegetable Frittata

– Healy Eats Real

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: ghee, eggs, coconut milk, sundried tomatoes, zucchini, small onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, sea salt, black pepper, tomato, fresh basil.

Frittatas are great at any time of day – they make a filling breakfast or a delicious dinner served with a fresh green salad, or you can pack it cold into lunchboxes for work and school. This summer vegetable frittata recipe is dairy free but full of flavor, thanks to the herbs. It also looks great and would be a good dish to take to a pot-luck with friends.

Paleo Bacon Zucchini & Red Pepper Frittata

– Ditch the Wheat

Paleo Bacon Zucchini & Red Pepper Frittata

Photo Credit: Carol from Ditch The Wheat

Ingredients: bacon, red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, eggs, full-fat coconut milk, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper.

I just love frittata for breakfast, lunch or on the go! It is really tasty and is just as good warm or cold. No need for cheese here as the flavors are rich enough as they are and this frittata looks so good studded with the chopped bacon pieces. This is a crustless dish that is grain, gluten and nut free, so would be great for a family with allergies, or to put in the kids’ lunchboxes for school.

Paleo Baking with Zucchini

Paleo Zucchini Bread Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Zucchini Bread Recipe

Ingredients: eggs, zucchini, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, honey, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt.

Bread is one of the foods that so many people miss when they start eating Paleo or Keto, so homemade bread recipes can be very helpful. This trick with this bread recipe is to extract as much liquid from the zucchini as possible, otherwise the loaf will be soggy. This bread can also be spiced up by adding ingredients like cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg.

Keto Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Recipe Topped With Cacao Nibs

– Keto Summit

Keto Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Recipe Topped With Cacao Nibs

Ingredients: eggs, zucchini, almond flour, cacao powder, coconut oil, baking powder, vanilla extract, erythritol, cacao nibs, salt.

If you are not sure about using veg in baking, just stop and think carrot cake! Zucchini works the same way, giving you deliciously spongy Keto muffins which have been flavored with cacao to give them a good chocolate taste. If you are using salt to extract the liquid from the zucchini, I recommend you taste the mixture before adding extra salt – you don’t want to up the sodium too much!

Paleo Zucchini Chocolate Cake

– The Healthy Foodie

Paleo Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie

Ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, cacao powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, ground cinnamon, avocado, date paste, unpasteurized honey, pure vanilla extract, coconut oil, eggs, zucchini, walnuts, instant coffee, water, full fat coconut milk.

If you are looking for a chocolate cake to impress, then look no further! This one is Paleo-friendly, rich and fudgy and would make even non-Paleo people sit up and take notice! If you don’t like walnuts you could use pecans or almonds instead – the choice is yours, but you probably won’t notice them through the chocolatey, squidgy cake! This makes a wonderful treat for Valentine’s Day or birthdays.

Paleo Zucchini Bread

– My Whole Food Life

Ingredients: coconut flour, zucchini, banana, pitted dates, eggs, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt.

This recipe uses dates for sweetness and a ripe banana and zucchini to give a soft and spongy texture, and this Paleo bread is designed to be eaten for dessert, or as a sweet treat. Once the loaf is cooked, it is best to leave it to cool completely before removing from the tin, to avoid the bread from breaking up. This bread can be made ahead of time and frozen, then defrosted when you have friends coming over.

5 Minute Zucchini Blender Bread (No Grains, No Added Sugar)

– Primally Inspired

Ingredients: zucchini, eggs, pitted dates, ghee or coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, sea salt.

When this recipe says 5 minutes, it is talking about prep time, not cooking time, but it is worth every minute! You end up with moist bread that is rich with the sweetness of dates but without any added sugars. If you want to make it even better, you could add in some chopped nuts or a handful of chocolate chips, but these are only optional.

Paleo Almond Zucchini Bread

– Running to the Kitchen

Ingredients: almond flour (or a combination of almond and cashew flour), baking soda, salt, cinnamon, zucchini, eggs, maple syrup, banana, coconut oil.

If you like the flavor of nuts then this is the loaf for you! The zucchini bread is moist and so moreish, with the delicate flavor of almonds running through it. Zucchini bread is a great way to up the intake of veggies into kids without them realising, and this one is sweet enough to satisfy any craving. Zucchini is usually quite cheap, so this bread would be a good one for larger families or anyone on a budget.

Paleo Zucchini Tortillas

– Beauty and the Foodie

Paleo Zucchini Tortillas

Photo Credit: Stacey from Beauty and the Foodie

Ingredients: zucchini, garlic, chipotle pepper powder or chili powder, egg, coconut flour.

Traditional tortillas are a no-no on the Paleo diet, so this recipe comes in really handy for making an alternative that you can enjoy in the same way, but without gluten or grains. These can be used as tortillas or fried and turned into tostadas and are perfect for folks who can’t eat or don’t like cauliflower, which is how Paleo wraps are normally made.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

– Fountain Avenue Kitchen

Ingredients: blanched almond flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, kosher salt, eggs, honey or pure maple syrup, coconut oil or olive oil, zucchini.

This is one of the Paleo treats that is often found in our house as my sister is coeliac and I like to make special baked goods for her, but ones the whole family can enjoy. This chocolate loaf is moist and sweet but not sickly, and can be enhanced by adding chocolate chips or nuts or dried fruit. This bread can also be made in advance as it freezes really well, either as a whole loaf or in individual slices.

Carrot Cake Zucchini Muffins

– Beauty and the Foodie

Carrot Cake Zucchini Muffins

Photo Credit: Stacey from Beauty and the Foodie

Ingredients: coconut flour, erythritol or coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, carrot, zucchini, eggs, unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, palm shortening, lemon juice, vanilla extract, honey or liquid stevia.

This recipe gives you clear instructions on how to make grain free, low carb muffins and there is also a dairy free version for those of us on the Paleo diet. You are using a little carrot which gives the muffins the carrot cake flavor, but with the moisture coming from zucchini as well. Piled high with the frosting, these little beauties would be perfect for tea parties or coffee mornings.