It's about the time of the year when zucchini is everywhere, and dirt cheap. If you are a gardener or lucky enough to know one, you probably have zucchinis growing out of your ears. I happen to love them, especially in ratatouille, or "rat-tails", as we call it around my house.
I always knew they were a low-cal food, and very versatile. But I didn't know until recently that they're also relatively high in protein, compared to other non-legume vegetables. According to the USDA nutritional database, zucchini is about 24% calories from protein, 67% from carbs, and 8% from fat. Granted, there aren't many calories in a zucchini, so in absolute terms there isn't much protein. But for those of you trying to keep carbs relatively low, it's a great veg to keep in mind.
I recently posted my rat-tail recipe in a camping thread, so I won't post it again. And it's so embarrassingly easy, anyway, I almost hate to call it a recipe.
Three cheers for the mighty zuke!