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Zucchini, zucchini, and more zucchini

16 Jul

Zucchini.  Mention it to any gardener and the first thought is “What will I do with all of it?”  Zucchini is easy to grow; and it’s prolific – very prolific.  Dare to grow more than one and you may end up feeding your neighbors as well as yourself.

One hill of this abundant squash can produce more than even one family might eat by themselves.  But don’t let that deter you.  Low in calories, fat, and sodium, and filled with other good-for-you nutrients – zucchini is a healthy choice.

So what can you do with zucchini?  Here are a few ideas for using that bountiful summer squash:

  1. Raw – dice and add it to fresh salads, or cut in strips to enjoy as a finger food.
  2. Zucchini bread – tastes great, but watch the amount of added oil and sugar.  Too much and a healthy vegetable turns into a high calorie alternative.
  3. Stuffed – stuff it with your favorite fillings and bake.
  4. Sautéed – lightly sauté strips or slices in olive oil with peppers, onions, and other types of summer squash.
  5. Freeze – shred it and freeze to use later in the year in zucchini bread, quiche, or other mixed dishes.
  6. Grilled – lightly brush both sides with olive oil.  Season as desired.  Grill and enjoy.
  7. Share – give some to your neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers and let them enjoy this versatile summer vegetable.

Here’s what I tried at home last night:

Grilled Zucchini with Pesto

1 medium sized zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices

Pesto (I used homemade, but you can find and use store bought)

Slice zucchini length wise into ¼ inch slices.  Rub enough pesto on both sides of each slice to coat.

Grill on low to medium heat, 5-7 minutes on each side, until tender.  Enjoy!

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Nutrition, Recipes

 

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10 responses to “Zucchini, zucchini, and more zucchini

  1. whatsupyournose

    July 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I have some zucchini and had no idea how to cook it!! Perfect post at the perfect time. Thanks,

     
    • mariedittmer

      July 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading!

       
  2. Mandy's Marvelous Meals

    July 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I had no idea zucchini grew so abundantly! That is until I grew some this year & learned the hard way! Now I’m always looking for ways to use it!

     
    • mariedittmer

      July 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I know! I’m always on the look out for new recipes that include zucchini. Thanks for reading!

       
  3. Sarah

    July 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    By ‘one hill’ do you mean one plant? I have 4 zucchini plants that are growing and I only have three tiny little zucchinis out there!! 😦

     
    • mariedittmer

      July 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Sarah – I usually plant 2-3 seeds in one hill and then let it grow together. I know some probably pull out the weaker plant(s) when they are young. But I usually have quite a few zucchini growing them the way I usually do. Do you have a lot of blossoms on them yet? They’ll produce for quite awhile during the summer.

       
      • Sarah

        July 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        Yeah, each plant has about 4 flowers, and only one plant has a few actual zucchini’s on them.

         
  4. Sarah

    July 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Also, my family marinates large pieces of zucchini and other veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms) and then grills them and stuffs them into hoaggie rolls SOOO GOOD!!

     
    • mariedittmer

      July 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      That sounds wonderful! What kind of marinade do they use?

       
      • Sarah

        July 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        It’s just a combination (no real measurements) of olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, dijon, red wine vinegar, and whatever herbs you like.

         

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