Zucchini au Gratin

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Zucchini au Gratin

I love zucchini and I could eat it anytime, in any form. I think that zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables and I eat it quite often, I never miss it from the fridge. If you are also a fan of zucchini but you don't know how to prepare it, how about this recipe for zucchini au gratin? It's an easy recipe, it's made with few ingredients and it's extremely delicious. But despite being delicious, did you know hoe healthy a zucchini is?
Zucchini has tons of vitamins A and C and polyphenols and carotenoids, a group of plant pigments. These micronutrients are all antioxidants that support the body's ability to fight off free radicals and reduce inflammation. Free radicals are unstable chemicals that can cause nearly every chronic disease you can imagine, from heart disease to cancer, if they are allowed to accumulate in significant quantities throughout the body. Additionally, carotenoids have been associated with UV light ray defense, aiding in our skin's natural defense against sunburn and skin cancer.
Due to its high fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K content, zucchinis are also recognized to benefit heart health. You can find pectin in zucchini, a soluble fiber that binds to cholesterol on the gastrointestinal track and prevents it from being taken into the blood by the body. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is the "bad" type of cholesterol that can build up in our veins and arteries and eventually lead to heart disease if there are significant levels of this substance in the blood. Consuming enough fiber can also help to maintain healthy blood pressure, which is essential for heart health.
Eating zucchini can improve your digestive health. The good bacteria that live in the lining of your gut benefit from the soluble fiber in zucchini. The gut microbiome, a larger community of microbes that includes these bacteria that reside in the large intestine, is essential for the health of both our digestive and general systems. Zucchini also contains some insoluble fiber, which serves as roughage for the digestive system and promotes regularity. In addition to keeping you hydrated, zucchini's high water content supports digestion, makes it easier to absorb nutrients, and guards against frequent problems like constipation.
Zucchini contains the B vitamins folate and vitamin B6, in addition to the aforementioned minerals. Because it is essential for the development of the neural tube in developing infants in the womb and for the maintenance of healthy blood and cells throughout life, folate is a particularly important vitamin for pregnant women. While vitamin B6 supports a healthy nervous system, can aid improve brain function, and prevents anemia.Zucchini contains the B vitamins folate and vitamin B6, in addition to the aforementioned minerals.
Now that you know how many benefits zucchini has, it would be time to start including it in your diet. You can use it in various recipes to your liking, and you can even start with this recipe. I promise you that if you try it, you will fall in love with it and it will become one of your favorites.
PREP TIME 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine European
Servings 4
Calories 185 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 zucchini
  • 200 g chicken ham
  • 200 g hard cheese
  • 80 g parmesan
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cut zucchini into thin slices and season with salt and pepper. Let the slices sit for 5-10 minutes and pat the excess water with a paper towel.
  • In a pan lined with baking paper, put a layer of zucchini slices, a layer of pressed ham, a layer of cheese and repeat until we finish the zucchini slices. The last layer must be a layer of cheese on top of which we will put the grated parmesan.
  • Bake everything in the preheated oven at 190 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the parmesan turns brown.

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