Skillet Mexican Zucchini

This zucchini is incredibly delicious with a little bit of a Mexican kick from the jalapeno then topped with melted queso blanco. It’s also easy and quick, a must try!

I’m a bit of a cookbook addict. It’s a problem as I’m running out of room in my home for all my books, but that never stops me from buying new ones. But the biggest problem is that I kinda neglect them. But this weekend I was thumbing through the Aaron Sanchez’s (who is one of the judges on Chopped – one of my favorite shows) cookbook Simple Food, Big Flavor who is also one of the judges on Chopped and I came across his Mexican recipe for zucchini. I can’t get enough of zucchini in the summer, in fact I have an entire Pinterest Board devoted to skinny zucchini called Yummy Zucchini, so I decided to test this out…

You MUST try this! I only made a few tweaks using less oil, and and rather than making a cilantro pesto, I added Garden Gourmet cilantro paste and minced pickled jalapeno for kick. It totally exceeded my expectations.

Cook the garlic in oil in a large skillet over medium heat 1 minute, stirring until sizzling. Add zucchini and cook stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the tomato and green onion and cook about 3 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat and add cilantro paste, jalapeño and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with queso blanco. Serve hot.

Skillet Mexican Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb zucchini, diced
  • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro or Garden Gourmet cilantro paste
  • 1 tsp minced pickled jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso blanco (or queso fresco, cotija or feta)
  • fresh lime juice, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cook the garlic in oil in a large skillet over medium heat 1 minute, stirring until sizzling. Add zucchini and cook stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the tomato and green
 onion and cook about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and add cilantro paste, jalapeño and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with queso blanco. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 Servings, Serving Size: 1/4th of the recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 4
  • Points +: 4
  • Calories: 102
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 17mg
  • Sodium: 211mg
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 5g