Zuchini — the perfect summer vegetable. Itʻs peak season is June through August which makes it the ideal inseason ingredient. This green summer squash is great for adding a bit of freshness to a dish. It’s high water content requires little cook time and, like its yellow squash cousin, is a good source of fiber and vitamins A and C. Below are five easy ways to incorporate zucchini into your summer menu.

Zucchini Pasta

Enjoy all the noodles your heart desires, plus all your favorite pasta fixings guilt-free! Our secret? Swap spiraled zucchini for pasta noodles — voila!

Zucchini Bread

If at the end of the summer you find yourself with a heap of zucchini, grab a grater and bake up a loaf of sweet zucchini bread. YUM.

Zucchini Pizza

Grilled pizza has the smoky flavor with the weightless, airy texture. To create the ultimate summer combo, top the grilled dough with charred zucchini, fresh ricotta, peppery arugula and chopped chicken. Try it first, thank us later.

Zucchini Tots

Who needs fried potatoes when you’ve got cheesy zucchini tots? These crispy bites are a healthier way to satisfy your comfort food craving.

Zucchini Straight Up

Keep it simple with chopped zucchini, butter, salt, pepper and a few minutes on a sizzling pan. You won’t believe the burst of flavor you’re able to achieve with just four simple ingredients.

These are simple zucchini dishes we love. Give them a try and let us know how you like ‘em! Know a must-have zucchini recipe you can’t live without, leave it in the comments below and we’ll give it a whirl.