The best meals are those shared with the best of friends.
I love zucchini because of the versatility it offers to countless recipes. I’ve baked with it, roasted it, dehydrated it, even turned it into noodles (or “zoodles” if I may). For this recipe, I grilled it.
Honestly, zucchini doesn’t take much. Don’t you love vegetables like this? You can peel it, or not. You can slice it, or not. You can marinade it, fry it, season it with fresh herbs, or you can even stick to the sure-fire simplicity of salt and pepper. No matter what you do, it’s pretty much always really tasty…especially when you grill it with lemon pepper!
Whenever I mention something like lemon pepper chicken, lemon pepper pasta, or lemon pepper shrimp, peoples’ eyes get really big. “Wow!” they’ll say in awe, “I would have no idea how to make something that fancy.”
Today I’m here to tell you the hidden reality behind lemon pepper. A common seasoning that perfectly accents vibrant veggies, poultry, or rich seafood. Here’s the thing – it is just what it is: lemon + pepper. Shocking, right?
Two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen can come together to make this incredible flavor combo of citrus and spice without any fuss or much effort at all.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 zucchini squash (skin on), cut into inch-wide sticks
Canola oil (or olive oil) spray
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon of course ground pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
In a quart size zip-top bag, spray oil for about 3 seconds onto zucchini pieces. Add lemon zest, juice, pepper, and salt.
Seal the bag and thoroughly mix all of the contents to evenly coat the zucchini.
Put the bag in the fridge for about 30 minutes (up to an hour) to marinate all the flavors.
Once the grill is hot, skewer the zucchini pieces and grill for a minute or two on each side until grill marks are visible and the squash is tender.
I served this dish alongside grilled sesame chicken and grilled corn with citrus dill butter.
My husband and I were so privledged to have my best friend Logan come stay with us this past weekend. She makes life so much fun. When we asked her what she wanted for dinner, she requested everything from the grill. If you know Logan, you know she calls the shots. So…we grilled!
We had the best weekend with Logan. We played tennis, visited an awesome science museum, and had some serious late night Mario Kart battles.
Here she is awaiting her “grilled” feast.
Hope you liked it, Logan! Come back soon :)