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. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2019

Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.


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

77 calories; 5 g total fat; 3.2 g saturated fat; 6 mg cholesterol; 132 mg sodium. 308 mg potassium; 4.6 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 3.7 g protein; 760 IU vitamin a iu; 27 mg vitamin c; 26 mcg folate; 67 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 21 mg magnesium;