Yes indeed, it is zucchini time again. Zucchini has to be the most versatile veggie on the planet!!! I know many people who say, I don't like them. WHAT? Have you even tried them? They take on the flavor on whatever you are cooking it with - so if it has no taste - you aren't mixing it up enough!!!!
When my hubs was alive, he called me the Bubba Gump of zucchini!!! LOL. I can fix a zucchini just about any way one can think. I love them, and when they are producing, I eat them many times a week in some form or another.
Here we go!
You can add grated zucchini to waffles or pancakes for extra vitamins
Add grated to meatloaf or burgers
It is wonderful in spaghetti sauce.
They are great sliced and grilled
Make them into pickles and relish
Add to sweet breads and muffins
I have sliced and added to jalapeno juice in the frig and after a couple weeks they taste like jalapenos
Turn them into faux pineapple - YEP
Dehydrate - I have made chips from them - which are a healthy snack.
Dehydrate grated zucchini for baking - 1/2 C dried zucchini = 2 C fresh. Place dry zucchini in 1 cup of warm water for about a half hour and you are ready to go. Good to add to soups and stews as well.
You can also dehydrate and then grind (puree/blend) into a flour. Replace some of the flour you use in baking with zucchini flour. Healthy and makes your flour go a bit further!
I love, love, love fried zucchini. Like fried green tomatoes. It is probably a summer favorite. Right up there with BLT's!
Another favorite are zucchini boats
Cut up like you would cucumbers - and make a zucchini, tomato and onion salad topped with your favorite vinaigrette or Italian dressing. You can add any kind of veggies you want with them. Such a refreshing salad.
An easy appetizer or just a great lunch or side is pizza bites. Super easy and can even be done on the grill. Healthier too!
I make a zucchini skillet dinner that my mom made a lot when I was younger. I do a couple versions. Both are very similar, one uses fresh sliced tomatoes on top and the other just has tomatoes mixed in.
I made it this week with my first zucchini!
This was G's absolute favorite way to have zucchini.
These are my favorite zucchini fritters. CLICK on pic to enlarge
I know - I could go on and on. Such a lovely gift God gave in this veggie. It can 'become' just about anything at all!
I have even made a 'mock' apple pie - using zucchini instead of apple - and none of the men in the family that ate it had a clue. They all asked for seconds!!!
So there is today's installment of Cheryl's Ways with Zucchini 101!!!!!!
If you have any questions or wonders - feel free to ask.