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, bu that never stops me from buying new ones. But the biggest problem is that I kind neglect them. But this weekend I was thumbing through the Aaron Sanchez’s cookbook Simple Food, Big Flavor[1] who is also one of the judges on Chopped (one of my favorite shows) 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[2], 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.

Skillet Mexican Zucchini
Servings: 4  • Size: 1/4  • Old Points: 2 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 4 pt
Calories: 102 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 8 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 211 mg • Cholest: 17 mg


  • 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
  • fresh lime juice, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


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.


  1. ^ Simple Food, Big Flavor (
  2. ^ Yummy Zucchini (

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