Zucchini have got to be one of the coolest vegetables around! Their mild (but fabulous) taste lends itself to all kinds of dishes, from savory to sweet. The firm flesh can be sauteed, steamed, grilled, and even eaten raw. You can use them peeled or unpeeled, sliced into rounds, julienned, cubed, minced, or shaved with a mandoline. The possibilities are endless. For some tasty ideas on how to add culinary spark to your weekend, check out the following treats from around the blogosphere.

Melissa over at Bitchin’ Camero has dished up this wonderful Green Curry Spinach & Zucchini Soup. I love how ordinary ingredients like spinach and zucchini are turned into something extraordinary in this recipe by giving them an Asian twist with green curry paste and coconut milk. How creative! The perfect example for the versatility of zucchini.

For a light and yummy summer lunch, Tracy over at Shutterbean has got just the right recipe. Her Spaghetti with Zucchini, Walnuts, and Raisins look so delicious! This dish cooks in no time, but serves up a burst of flavor. And who can say no to crunchy walnuts paired with sweet raisins? And lots of parmesan on top…mmmm!

And since I think the combination of nuts and raisins in savory dishes rocks, I have to share with you Lydia’s fabulous side dish of Zucchini with Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Lemon at The Perfect Pantry. This would be superb with anything grilled, but especially with chicken or a nice firm fish. Simply delicious!

And for all of you with a sweet tooth (and that includes me), here’s the mouthwatering proof that zucchini pair exceptionally well with chocolate! Lisa from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary made this show stopping Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Don’t you just love the green specks of zucchini in the batter and the generous amount of softly melted chocolate chips on top? What can I say, I have a huge sweet tooth…

So get your aprons out and start cooking up a storm with zucchini this weekend!

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