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10 Ways to Use All That Zucchini

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

If you garden you may be finding yourself overrun with a bounty of zucchini.  What do you do with it?

1.  Don’t forget those in need.  Make up a fresh produce basket with a variety of garden items for a family in need.

2. Freeze for later.   I like to package sliced or grated in 1 and 2 cup amounts in freezer bags.   You might be sick of zucchini now, but in December …

3. Zucchini and Tomatoes.  Cook sliced zucchini  with diced fresh tomatoes and a little sliced or chopped onion.

4. Zucchini Boats Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Fill with your favorite meat, veggie or grain filling or sauce. Bake at 350 degrees until the squash can be easily pierced.

5. Bread or Cake  Of course this is the favorite of many people.   

6. Meatloaf extender. I like to use grated veggies in my meatloaf instead of gluten free bread, crackers or oatmeal. 

7. Grilled Zucchini  Slice your veggies and brush with a little olive oil then sprinkle with your favorite seasonings. Place them directly on the grill grate or use a  special grill pan.

8. Veggie Fajitas  Zucchini slices, green, red and yellow peppers and onions make a nice fajita filling.

9. Pickles Follow your favorite pickle recipe substituting sliced zucchini for the cucumbers.

10. Fried Zucchini. I grew up on fried zucchini. This may be made gluten free by changing your breading mixture.  I also spray mine with oil and bake instead of frying.

Don’t let that zucchini go to waste! Use these ideas to make the most of your garden’s bounty.

Healthy Living A to Z: Z is for Zucchini

Source:  MorgueFile
Source: MorgueFile

I know winter may seem an odd time to be talking about zucchini. Have you ever tried to think of a healthy living word that starts with Z? I was grateful for zucchini. And why shouldn’t I be?

Zucchini being made up mostly of water is low in calories with just 20 in one cup chopped w/skin. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2639/2
You want to eat zucchini with the skin on because that is where most of the nutrients are including fiber. Zucchini is also a source of antioxidants vitamins A and C, potassium and phosphorus. http://www.livestrong.com/article/314857-raw-zucchini-nutrition/

Just rinse, then slice or grate. I bake or steam sliced zucchini with a little chopped onion and sliced or chopped tomato with a little fresh basil. Try using Zucchini sliced lengthwise to replace lasagna noodles. Or cut a zucchini in half lengthwise, scoop out the some of the middle, stuff with your favorite veggies or grains and bake. Include zucchini in your favorite soup or grate a little raw onto your favorite salad. Of course cookies, muffins and cakes are still good, but why not take on the challenge of finding ways to make them healthier?

What’s your favorite way to prepare zucchini?