>> Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Besides a couple of tomato plants, this is the first time I've had a garden since I was a kid. We just planted a few things - tomatoes, okra, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. And right now, we have enough zucchini to feed the Duggar family.
Here is our row of zucchini in the garden:
I hate to waste things, but we can't possibly eat it all. So here are a few ways I've used it. Click on the title for the link to the recipes I used.
Zucchini cupcakes with caramel frosting -- this frosting was so good!!!
Frozen grated zucchini - I grate it, freeze it on a cookie sheet and then put it in a big ziploc for permanent freezer storage. My mom tells me that after thawing you need to get as much water out of it as you can before using it. I am planning on using this for baked goods primarily.
Zucchini pizza casserole - this was my favorite new recipe I tried. The whole family loved it, and it does taste just like pizza. I made a few adjustments - I didn't use ground beef at all and I added lasagna noodles to it. This is a great freezer meal.
Zucchini pizzas: slice the zucchini and oil lightly on both sides. Place under broiler on cookie sheet and flip. Then top with pizza sauce and cheese and place back under the broiler until cheese is browned. This is not nearly as good as the pizza casserole, but it's still good and healthy if you go easy on the cheese!
Zucchini bread (I love chocolate chips in zucchini bread. This recipe is a good one!)
Zucchini lemon cookies: My kids loved these and I liked them alot too. I had a family member say she loved the bread, but the cookies were a little bland. That's probably because they are healthier to begin with and I used half Splenda. But we liked them alot and the reviews on allrecipes were good.