Got Zucchini?

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Zucchini is so abundant in my garden right now!  I needed a place to go for inspiration, and thought some of you could use extra zucchini recipes, too.  So… don’t run away the next time your neighbor knocks on the door with a bag full of zucchini.  Accept it graciously and get to cookin’!  :)

Recipes in my “keepers” file.

Zucchini tips, tricks and ideas.

  • Be lazy like me!  I shred it skin and all.   The color is nice, and I’m hoping that there are some vitamins in the skin.
  • Zucchini can be shredded, bagged, and frozen for later use.  (Thank goodness!)  But when it thaws, it will be super wet.  Squeeze the water out before adding it to recipes.
  • We enjoy grilled veggie skewers.  Chunk it, thread on skewers, brush with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill.
  • Casey says her mom used to slice it down the middle, brush with butter, sprinkle with parmesan then broil until golden.  (We tried this the other night.  Simple and yum!)
  • Jennifer suggested hiding adding shredded zucchini to pasta sauce.  She thought it would be a good addition to my cavatini recipe.  Definitely want to try that trick!
  • Snow White recommends cooking it until slightly tender, and topping it with shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits.  (Oh, dear!)
  • Alaina says “We throw it in stir fry and it just takes the flavor of everything else.”
  • From Travelandfood:  Cut zucchini into cubes, light flour them, drizzle oil over them, sprinkle rosemary, bake for 350C until cook

Recipes I can’t wait to try, from the suggestions and blog files of my readers and friends.

Heather also sent me some of her favorites.  Click here to grab ‘em.

And one final recipe…

Cinnamon Raisin Zucchini Cake – from Finding Joy in my Kitchen

4 eggs
1 C applesauce
1/2 C oil
3 C sugar
1 C whole wheat flour
2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 C raisins
3 C grated, unpeeled zucchini
Beat eggs, then add oil, sugar and applesauce and mix until blended.  Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add to the egg mixture and mix well.  Stir in the raisins and zucchini.  Spread in a greased 9×13 pan (I usually end up using a 9×13 + an 9×9 pan) and bake at 350 for 45 min – 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool, and frost, if desired.
Frosting:
6 T butter, softened
3oz cream cheese, softened
1 T cream/milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C powdered sugar
Cream butter and cheese, then add remaining ingredients and beat until fluffy.  This makes a lot of frosting– I usually cut this in half.

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