With a little time and a clever technique, zucchini and cream cheese are transformed into a playful and easy party snack. You will have leftover zucchini after shaving the ribbons; dice or slice the leftovers and use them in salads, omelets, or pasta.

Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2019


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Using a vegetable peeler, slice zucchini into very thin strips (about 1/16 inch) that run the full length and width (see Tip). Repeat to get 30 strips. (Reserve remaining zucchini for another use.) Lay the strips in a single layer on a clean work surface.

  • Combine cream cheese, basil, pimientos, Parmesan, garlic, Italian seasoning, and pepper in a medium bowl. Spread 2 teaspoons of the mixture over each zucchini strip. Roll up the strips. Secure with cocktail picks, if needed.


Tip: To ensure zucchini strips are a uniform width and length, shave off several strips from one side and reserve for another use. Shave about 5 strips that are the full length and width of the zucchini, then flip it over and start in from the other side.

Nutrition Facts

76.8 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 4.6g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.1g 5% DV; sugars 3.1g; fat 5g 8% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 6.4mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 760.2IU 15% DV; vitamin c 27.5mg 46% DV; folate 25.6mcg 6% DV; calcium 67.1mg 7% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 21.1mg 8% DV; potassium 307.9mg 9% DV; sodium 132.3mg 5% DV.