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Besides being a renowned artist (check out one of her paintings in the top photo), my sister, Maddy, is  an extraordinary cook. I’m the baker in the family, but Maddy has the knack to invent recipes with a pinch of this and a pinch of that. Her salsa is incredible…but mine never tastes quite as good as hers. She raved about this simple zucchini dish and offered to do a guest post for me…how could I say no? Here’s Maddy and her Zucchini Ribbons:

It is August and the zucchini are piling high on the kitchen counter and my neighbors have had their fill of donated squash.  I needed to come up with a new way to use the vegetable that was easy and quick to make.

“Zucchini Ribbons” are like a healthy veggie version of pappardelle, one of my favorite noodles.  It is great as a side dish or as a foundation for sauces, meats or other veg.  I first served these zucchini ribbons as a side with a steak and was floored when my husband announced “I think the zucchini was my favorite thing on the plate.” (something that has never been uttered in this house.) EASY!  It takes about 10-15 minutes total and very few ingredients.

The second night I made this and took photos, I decided to top it with some cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from our garden.  I also added shaved Parmesan cheese.

I am hooked, and now I don’t want to give away all my zucchini!!!


Lambeau’s cousin, Gracie, is Maddy’s constant companion in the kitchen. 

Doesn’t this sound amazing? Do you think this will convert Bill into a zucchini lover??? You will hear more about Maddy in the coming month. She and I are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime…moving our parents from Iowa to Denver, Colorado…700 miles across I-80 in an RV! With two elderly folks in various stages of dementia…sounds like fodder for at least a couple blog posts. Wish us luck…please…


Zucchini Ribbons


Recipe courtesy of my sister, Maddy

  • 2 medium or one large zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon each butter & olive oil or any combination of the two.
  • 1 large clove minced garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch or two of kosher salt
  • Fresh basil, optional
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved, optional
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Using a peeler (I used one that makes thicker slices) whittle the zucchini on 4 sides until down to the seeds. Discard the center seedy part.
  2. In a large saute pan melt the butter, add the olive oil and garlic. Saute briefly to infuse the garlic flavor. Add the zucchini ribbons, turn to coat with the butter and oil, and gently cook until heated through - just a few minutes. Squeeze the lemon on top and sprinkle with salt.

Yield: 2-4 servings

Total time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g
Note: The gorgeous striped glass bowl was created by my cousin, Amy. Here is her facebook page if you’d like to see more of her magnificent work.
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47 comments on “Zucchini Ribbons #GuestPost”

  1. Zucchini is my one of my favorite veggies! This salad sounds delicious. Great recipe Maddy and Liz! 🙂

  2. This is the one vegetable I do not care for, but honestly your picture makes it look pretty good. Not very enthusiastic, I know. The painting is gorgeous! I wish you luck when moving your parents – in an RV – across the country! My goodness, you will be busy that’s for sure!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful side dish! I like that you just use the zuke up to the seeds, gives it nice texture I sure:@)

  4. You are a very talented family Liz! beautiful recipe! Thanks Maddy.

  5. What a talented family you have Liz!
    I am so excited to try these Zucchini Ribbons. I love that your sister’s dog is named Gracie, just like our boston terrrier.

  6. Love this zucchini dish… Thanks to your sister Maddy for the guest post. Love her doggy too. 🙂

  7. Lizzy,
    I love zucchini, but have never tried the zucchini ribbons. I just happen to have a lme zucchini in the fridge, so I know what I’m having for lunch. Thank you for sharing Maddy’s recipe.

  8. I think zucchini ribbons are so pretty. I always though you needed a madoline though. Good to see it is just a peeler. Beautiful dish of colors.

  9. I’m loving everything about your blog post today! And, I can’t wait to hear more about your adventure. 😉 I’m glad you’ll have Maddy to laugh with. 🙂

  10. Gracie is so proud to follow Lambeau’s paw-steps and be the official kitchen buddy. Thanks for posting this, Liz. I think I will make it again tonight considering I have 16 zucchini and haven’t checked the garden yet….

  11. Love zucchini ribbons, your recipe sounds terrific, Maddy!

  12. good luck with the RV adventure Liz! I just love zucchini ribbons, I’m even able to convince the toddler to eat some if I let him help with making them! This recipe looks like a super delicious way to eat them!

  13. A family of talented people..Love the simplicity of the dish. The dog is a cutie and yes I did notice the painting, very nice. good luck with your adventure.

  14. Such a pretty dish, I’d happily inhale this!

  15. Pappardelle is one of my favorite noodles too so I would love to try this healthier version! Thank you!

  16. This recipe sounds yummy and healthy. Need to get some zucchini so I can give it a try:)
    P.S. Gracie is a cutie.

  17. How fun to have your sister to cook with! This sounds so summery & healthy!

  18. I love this kind of dish, especially on a low carb or fast day! And yikes … best of luck with that trip. It will definitely be a blog post or two, I think.

  19. This sounds exciting! And since I’ve lived in Denver for long, long time-please let me know if I can do anything to help. And if you need great dinner recommendations or even dinner, I AM HERE! Always up for making new friends!

  20. You are my girl crush Maddy!

  21. Yum! I love cooking zucchini ribbons like this, so light, easy and supper tasty 😀

  22. It does sound amazing and so easy too. Great post!

  23. Love this dish! I’m a big zucchini fan and usually we just grill the zucchini cut in half and brushed with olive oil so this would be a ‘fancy’ veggie dish for us!
    Good luck on the move of your parents 😉

  24. I’m always looking for ways to use up our zucchini. This sounds like a healthier version of what I might dream up – lol… Thanks for sharing and have a safe trip!

  25. Lizzy,
    Love the zucchini ribbons. I almost always make zucchini stew with mine but this recipe will be a great change of pace.
    Best of luck moving your parents. At least you’ll have Maddy and won’t have to do it alone.
    Gracie is adorable too.

  26. Hi Lizzy and Maddy! You have very talented people in the family. I have tried zucchini a few times but I don’t really fancy it. Maybe that’s because I didn’t cook it right. Last try with your recipe before I decide to strike off zucchini from my list 🙂 Gee, Lambeau has a very cute cousin!

  27. I love zucchini ribbons. I added a couple to a sandwich today. Maddy’s salad looks scrumptious and so healthy. How come Maddy doesn’t have a blog? She sounds like a natural!

    As for your folks, why are they moving if they have dementia – not that it’s my business but they could get lost in the mountains if they venture further out west. Not to mention it’s dangerous driving in the mountains especially in an RV. Be careful!

  28. Oh, I can see a huge series of blog posts and I certainly wish you well – that’s quite some journey but I guess it will be better for you to have your parents near by. I do hope you can convert Bill to eating some of your sister’s zucchini dishes xx

  29. Hi, I am going to use all my softer skinned squashes tomorrow and make this awesome dish for breakfast.
    When I first read your blurb about Maddie, I thought it was about the adorable dog. The dog is IDENTICAL to mine, and guess what, she has your sis’ name- Maddie!!
    Well, I’ll let you know How my salad went, I think I’ll use Goat Cheese! Cheers–,Valerie

  30. Oh my.. traveling the country with oldies will be a treat. 🙂 We still have John’s dad with us but he’s sharp as a tack. John’s mum on the other hand often doesn’t know what season she’s in much less what day of the week. It’s very sad when they lose it.

    I really like zucchini ribbons and make some at least once a year. I should do more.

  31. My favourite summer veggie! The salad looks so fresh and inviting.

  32. I see that artistic and elegant presentation of food runs in the family, Liz and Maddy. As does the talent for delicious dishes. Thank you for sharing this zucchini recipe and the photo of Gracie =)

    P.s. Sending prayers your way for your upcoming trip. Seeing my mom go through various phases of dementia has been challenging. But I’ve had my sister (who has now moved to Qatar.) Sisters are the best…But you already know that!

  33. Dear Lizzy I love this salad!!!
    and I love zucchinis of course!!!

  34. Thanks Liz for inviting Maddy (and Gracie) to share this with us.

  35. Yum Maddy, looks delicious! I love that the zucchini is not cooked to death.

  36. The zucchini ribbons sounds so wonderful and oh so delish. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  37. I find zucchini ribbons completely change a salad. It looks so interesting! I like the idea of trying it with parmesan, so unusual! Gracie is the cutest. I wonder what Bill really thought of this…lol!

  38. I just cooked some prawns with zucchini this morning! Such a healthy choice of ingredients & I’m loving your ribbons 🙂

  39. Oo I’m so excited your sister posted this recipe! I was out to dinner a couple weeks ago and had the BEST zucchini ribbon pasta, I couldn’t tell it was just veg, so so good. I’ve been really wanting to try!

  40. Lovely!!! What a cute pup!!!

  41. Darn – I wish I had bought some zucchini at the market! This looks awesome!!!

  42. Forget to say – Great recipe Maddy! Liz, it’s great to see your sister’s sharing her recipes. I have a sister that is a wonderful cook as well and I love sharing her recipes too!

  43. Nice photos, great recipe and a darling doggie!

  44. This is such a great idea! I often spiralize zucchini, but I’ve never thought to do ribbons instead. (Duh.) I’m trying this next week for sure!

  45. Great dish and adorably pup. I love people who can just go into a kitchen and dream something up.

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