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Zucchini caviar is a fairly low-calorie and healthy dish. But many modern chefs no longer resort to old grandmother's recipes and make this dish without using roasting. We will tell you some interesting and useful recipes, as well as reveal the secrets of preparing caviar from zucchini for the winter.
Non-Fried Squash Snack Recipes
Recipe number 1
Ingredients: 3 kg of courgettes, 2 kg of carrots, 0.5 kg of onions, a few tablespoons of sugar, 0.5 l of tomato or pasta sauce, 0.5 l of vegetable oil, salt, pepper.
Preparation: prepare all vegetables, rinse them thoroughly, remove unnecessary parts.
Now we spread the zucchini mass in a saucepan or saucepan and add oil, place on fire. As soon as the vegetables begin to boil, reduce the heat and leave the caviar to simmer under the lid.
Until the caviar reaches the desired consistency, you need to prepare a container into which you then put the mass of zucchini and roll it up.
After the vegetables are prepared, they need to be finely chopped, and then minced or chopped with a blender, adding salt.
Unfried squash caviar, the recipe for which we have described, turns out to be very tender and not at all greasy. After all, vegetables fried in oil are saturated with vegetable fat, and the caviar turns out to be more fatty.
Recipe number 2
You don't need to fry vegetables in the next recipe either. All the ingredients that were involved in the first recipe, without chopping or peeling, are spread on a baking sheet and baked in the oven or on the grill. You can bake the vegetables in foil or spread them on a baking sheet and drizzle just a little with olive oil.
After the vegetables are ready, the skins are removed from them and crushed. Such squash caviar without roasting turns out to be very satisfying and extremely healthy.
Recipe number 3
This will be zucchini caviar for the winter without frying using mayonnaise.
In addition, you need: zucchini 2 kg, carrots 1 kg, spices, tomato sauce 0.5 l, sugar 3 tbsp. spoons, vinegar, onions.
Cut the onion, main ingredient and carrots into medium cubes and mince or blender.
After that, the vegetables need to be put in a saucepan, salt and pepper, add sugar and let the vegetables boil. After that, the fire must be reduced and left to languish for about two hours.
Next, add the tomato sauce, the remaining spices and mayonnaise.
When the caviar is ready, it is laid out in sterile jars and rolled up. Banks need to be stored upside down at first, and then they are placed in a cold place.
Recipe number 4
This squash paste recipe comes without oil. We will need:
- zucchini - 1.5 kg;
- carrots 1 kg;
- tomatoes 1 kg;
- onions 0.5 kg;
First you need to peel the zucchini from the peel, but if the vegetable is young, then you can not do this. Cut the zucchini into cubes and place in a saucepan.
Next, put the carrots grated on a fine grater into the pan.
Now you need to process the tomatoes with boiling water, chop them finely and send them to the rest of the vegetables. We also send finely chopped onions there.
Now all the ingredients need to be simmered for about 40 minutes until they are fully cooked.
Zucchini appetizer is served ready-made, in the same way as you got it in a saucepan, or you can grind it with a blender.
One intake of a zucchini snack can be up to 250-300 grams, because it is very low in calories.
Recipe number 5
Squash paste can be cooked in a slow cooker. This recipe requires: 2 kg of courgettes, 750 gr. tomatoes, 400 gr. onions, 250 gr. carrots, tomato paste 2 tbsp. l, oil 2 tbsp. l, spices.
Preparation: The multicooker holds about 4.5 liters. Vegetables shrink during cooking, so they all fit in the container.
First, pour boiling water over the tomatoes so that you can peel them off. Now you need to chop onions and vegetables. We set the "baking" mode and fry the onion a little until its transparent color. Now you can add carrots and stew them a little.
Now add the diced zucchini. Do not forget about the tomatoes, peel them and cut them into cubes, after which we send them to the rest of the vegetables.
Add tomato paste after the tomatoes and mix well.
Now it remains to wait until the zucchini paste is completely cooked. After that, it needs to be cooled and chopped with a blender. After that, it can be rolled up in a glass container.
If you're making a vegetable snack for kids, you don't need to add tomato paste to it. An appetizer in a slow cooker turns out to be quite tender and very tasty, and most importantly - low-calorie.
Why is a zucchini snack useful?
The beneficial properties of squash (or vegetable) caviar have long been known, especially if it is prepared without using the roasting process:
- improves digestion;
- saturates the body with useful vitamins;
- useful for bowel diseases;
- normalizes the digestive tract;
- increases and strengthens the immune system;
- improves metabolic processes in the body;
- gives energy;
- improves appetite.
For people who want to lose extra pounds, squash caviar is recommended as a main course while dieting. But we will not call it a diet, but we will call it a certain diet, in which you can lose weight and saturate your body with useful microelements.
Such a diet does not imply the use of alcohol, sugar (keep this in mind when preparing caviar), flour, potatoes, carbonated drinks.
During the week, you can alternate the zucchini appetizer with raw vegetables, with various meats, with fish, you can also eat zucchini caviar with boiled eggs, cereals (but not in large quantities).
How to choose ingredients for squash caviar
- it is advisable to choose young vegetables, then you will not need to peel off the skin;
- choose vegetables that are flawless, but slightly overripe;
- choose squash, carrots, and onions that are not too large.
- if you choose old zucchini, then it is better to peel them for caviar;
- pay attention, if the peel of the zucchini is dense, then it means that there are a lot of seeds in it, and, therefore, the taste of caviar will be a little fibrous.
What is squash caviar served with?
This is a delicious and simple snack that can be eaten as a mono meal. At the same time, a common serving of a zucchini snack is on a piece of bread. Bread can be gray, white, with various seeds or spices.
You can also serve the sandwich with a sprig of dill, parsley, or chives.
Squash caviar is also served with a variety of raw vegetables or cereals. This vegetable snack goes well with rice and various types of meat.
Enjoy preparing this delicious snack, because it won't take you much time, and in winter - we wish you bon appetit!