Zucchini Gratin (high protein)

I am growing up. I am making “grown up” food. Well, I wouldn’t consider this a real main dish, although that’s how I like to eat it because I tend to eat smaller meals (but eat them often) rather than have large meals. This would make a lovely side dish or a nice main dish if you’re like me.

It’s slightly cheesy and the nutritional yeast provides a phenomenal nutty flavor. It accents really well with the cumin and turmeric. Plus, these spices are really good for you – they are considered one of the best spices for a person’s health.

I liked to eat this with some salsa. But then again, I have a slight salsa-obsession.

Adapted from Our Life in Food.

Zucchini Gratin (high protein)

Zucchini Gratin (high protein)


  • 2 zucchinis, shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • scant 1/4 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Lite Mexican Cheese (TJ’s)
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes


  • Put the shredded zucchini in a colander, and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand for at least 5 minutes, then squeeze as much of the liquid out of the zucchini as possible using your hands. Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a pan with olive oil, add the onions, and cook. Sprinkle with turmeric and cumin and cook until softened. Add the zucchini, stir, and cook for a few more minutes until the zucchini is just softened. Add the cottage cheese, and simmer until thickened. Remove the mixture from the heat, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, and top with the shredded chesse and nutritional yeast. Swirl it around a bit so that the top layer isn’t super thick.
  • Bake until the cheese is melted and the everything is heated through, about 10-15 minutes.

Nutritional stats: 255 calories, 21g protein, 12g fat, 14g carbs

Kammie wants to know:

  • What’s your favorite way to eat zucchini?

  • Have you ever had nutritional yeast, what do you use it in usually?

Let me know in the comments below!

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    • Kammie says

      Aww thank you Smidge! And I only started in the kitchen in March! I have put off some recipes that I am going to do soon too, it’s pretty exciting making more grown up food :) :)

  1. says

    This looks great! I have a bunch of zucchini to eat up so I might try this today! I love that its so simple yet makes the zucchini much more appealing! Sometimes I just get bored eating just roasted zucchini chunks!! Haha

  2. says

    I LOVE that this recipe is for one–my boyfriend does not touch zucchini unless it is finely grated and put into cookies. And it’s such an interesting twist on zucchini gratin. Thanks for sharing it with Fresh Foods Wednesdays!

    • Kammie says

      So happy you like it! I live alone (well, with a roommate, but we don’t share food) so I’m all about doing onsie servings :) Let me know if you try it out!