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The zucchini bulb that is eaten is actually a swollen ovary of the blossom! But that does not detract from the fantastic taste of sausage and zucchini casserole.
There are both male and female blossoms on the zucchini plant. The female blossom has the ovary that we call a zucchini. Botanically the ovary of a plant that contains the seeds is called a fruit.

Zucchini comes from the Italian Zucca that means squash.
Zucchini means then small squash.
Though squashes didn’t originate in Italy, it is believed that the Italian name was adopted because many feel the Italians are credited with developing this food.
The French and many other English speaking countries call this a Courgette.

When European explorers came to the America’s squash was one of the 3 major foods the native Indians used, along with beans and corn. They had never seen them before so they thought they were melons.

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Squash seeds have been found in Archeological digs in Mexico, that date back to between 9000 and 4000 B.C.

Columbus brought squash seeds back to Europe in his explorations.
The Zucchini as we know it however wasn’t used in this form probably until the late 1800’s, In Italy probably near Milan, because many of the early varieties are named after nearby cities.
We normally pick a Zucchini when it is young about 8 inches (20 cm ) or less.

20 Minute Sausage & Zucchini Skillet

If you want a healthy and satisfying meal in a rush! You will love this perfectly seasoned mixture of sausage, onions, zucchini, and peppers. Whole30 compliant, gluten-free and dairy-free.

20 Minute Sausage and Zucchini Skillet

This reassuring meal may be enjoyed independently or you are welcome to serve it on cauliflower or traditional-rice. In any event you are likely to be pleasantly gobbling everything up in 20 minutes or less.

Baked Zucchini Casserole

This easy baked sausage and zucchini casserole is a perfect weeknight meal that comes together quickly and is super light yet filling. It is reminiscent of something like pizza or lasagna and seriously delicious! Gluten free, low carb, keto and can be made paleo or Whole30.

Baked Zucchini Casserole

If you’ve got some zucchini on hand and don’t want to spiralize your life away, I’ve got a really simple and easy recipe that comes together rather quickly special for you.

This low carb zucchini casserole only requires 2 large zucchinis in a 1.75 quart baking dish. However, you can easily double or triple this recipe and throw it into a bigger container.

Zucchini Tomato and Italian Sausage Soup

This Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup is delicious, nourishing and packed with healthy vegetables.

Healthy Zucchini and Italian Sausage Soup

Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup – Delicious, nourishing and packed with healthy vegetables. You’ll enjoy every spoonful of our zucchini tomato Italian sausage soup. It is an easy 30-minute soup recipe that cooks right on the stovetop for a comforting and satisfying dinner. Try this Italian sausage soup and add some warmth to your day. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage & Zucchini Skillet

This Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet and a quick and easy meal on it’s own, or is fabulous served with rice or pasta. With loads of flavor and loads of veggies it’s a quick 20 minute meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

We love easy meals that can be served in under 30 minutes like this sausage and zucchini skillet. Some of our other quick favorites will impress your family just as much, like Penne Pasta Primavera or our Easy Bolognese Sauce.

Smoked Sausage and Cucumber Skillet

Have you ever had an idea for something you wanted to make for dinner, and it turned out way better than you anticipated? Yeah, this was one of those.

It was one of those nights where I had vegetables in the fridge that had to be used up and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. I’ve been really into cooking meals in my new cast iron skillet (I seriously love this thing) and I knew that the smoked sausage would add some really great flavor.

Italian Sausage and Zucchini Low Carb Skillet Meal

This Italian Sausage and Zucchini Skillet Meal is quick and delicious and this is a new way to use zucchini in a low-carb one-pan dinner!

Italian Low-cal Skillet Meal

I’m excited to share this new idea for a tasty and easy Italian Sausage and Zucchini Skillet Meal! This recipe is a variation of a very old recipe for zucchini and sausage pasta sauce that was one of my favorites when I used to eat whole wheat pasta. Now I’m not eating much pasta (and most of my readers don’t seem to want pasta) but I still love this flavor combination! And this is a whole meal made quickly in a skillet. I bet everyone likes the sound of that, right?

Sausage & Peppers with Zucchini Noodles

Sausage and Peppers with Zucchini Noodles-sweet and spicy Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and zucchini noodles in a simple garlic tomato sauce. 

Casserole of Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini season has been giving our Inspiralizer a workout! We have been inspiralizing up a storm! I love using our inspiralizer because it gets our boys to eat their veggies. They love watching veggies turn into magical noodles. We have been making our favorite 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles and Zucchini Noodles with Pesto on a regular basis. My boys, Josh included, are also loving Sausage and Peppers with Zucchini Noodles. A recipe from Inspiralize Everything, Ali’s new cookbook.

Million Dollare Zucchini Skillet

Okay, so the name Million Dollar Zucchini Skillet is a little dramatic. But I had to figure out a way to set this recipe apart from other zucchini skillet recipes.

Million Dollar Zucchini Skillet

Don’t get me wrong. All of the zucchini skillet recipes I’ve posted are good, but this one–THIS ONE is the BEST! Simple things like using fire roasted diced tomatoes. Instead of regular diced tomatoes, and finely chopping some celery in with the onion, garlic and carrot, really make this dish sing.

In fact, we loved it so much we made it three nights in a row. My oldest now claims it as his third favorite dinner. Chimichanga’s are his first, and Baked Teriyaki Chicken is his second. He kind of cracks me up. His top two are a little fancy, and then there’s Zucchini Skillet. It’s like the nerdy kid that somehow managed to make a name for himself with the cool kids.

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