Zucchini Recipes: Veggie Lasagna Baskets & Chocolate Chip Cookies

During this time of year most of us have lot's of zucchini from our gardens or neighbors! Veggie Lisa shared two delicious recipes that use zucchini in new ways. For more fun and healthy recipes check out Lisa's website here.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup melted coconut oil
½ c maple syrup
1 large egg
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups shredded zucchini
1 cup quick oats
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 ½ cup dark chocolate chips

• Preheat oven to 350. Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside

• In a separate bowl, or in a mixer stand, add coconut oil and maple syrup until well mixed. Add in the egg and vanilla. Stir in zucchini
• Stir flour mixture slowly into wet mixture. Add in oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips

• Scoop batter into balls and shape if needed on cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool slightly (about 1-2 mins) and transfer to wire rack to cool completely

• Store in airtight container

Zucchini Lasagna Baskets

2 medium size zucchini, stems cut off
1 jar high-quality spaghetti sauce
¾ cup part skim ricotta cheese
¾ cup low-fat cottage cheese
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup part skim mozzarella cheese

• Spread a thin layer of sauce on bottom of 13 x 9 casserole dish
• Preheat oven to 350

• Using a vegetable peeler, scrape thin slices of zucchini one at a time, until it is no longer scraping in whole pieces. You will get about 15-20 out of each zucchini. Set aside
• Mix the cottage, ricotta, and parmesan cheese. Add egg, garlic, and salt and pepper

• Make a T with two slices of zucchini. Then make another T just opposite so a basket pattern is formed. Place about 2 TBSP of filling in each zucchini 'basket'. Then fold up the zucchini and place seam side down on casserole dish. Repeat until filling and zucchini is gone
• Pour sauce on the top of each basket and in the dish. Depending on how saucy you want it, use a little more or less. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

• Cover with foil. Cook for 30 mins
• Take off foil, turn broiler to low. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.