Z is for Zucchini!
If you're the gardening type, chances are you've planted some zucchini this season.
And if you have? You better brace yourself for some major harvesting.
When I planted my garden earlier this year, I had a general knowledge that squash can often take over and produce like crazy. In fact, most squash plants, including zucchini, are considered "bumper crops". They are the vegetable you end up giving away all summer (Until your family says they've got plenty!), but still eat it several times a week!
I knew all of this, yet every day when I go to check my garden, I am shocked every time I see at least four more zucchini ready to harvest! And, in turn, my family's getting pretty sick of the standard "marinate it in dressing and throw it on the grill" dinner.
Even if you don't have a garden, you can still find zucchini in your local grocery store! Better yet, try and find a farmer's market or even a produce stand in your area. If the "professional" farmers are producing zucchini like we are, chances are it's much cheaper than it would be in a traditional grocery store!
Zucchini is a really wonderful vegetable (Well, actually, fruit considering it is the ovary of the zucchini flower) that is low in calories and full of folic acid, potassium and vitamin A! It is also full of fiber which is known for helping lower cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol can then lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and bring down your blood pressure! It's definitely a "superfood".
So how should you eat it? Try a few of the following Recipe4Living recipes and let us know which one you liked best!
If you're tired of munching on zucchini, try this delicious zucchini spread! It's a great way to get your family (especially picky kids) to enjoy your garden's bounty and get all of those lovely zucchini benefits!
Stuffed peppers are delicious, but what if you could transfer those contents into your zucchini? This is a wonderful way to let some of your zucchini grow really large and then use their size to make an incredible meal!
This recipe looks absolutely delicious and includes roasted red peppers with four different types of cheese! I know, I know. SAY NO MORE, right? Yum.
The word "pizza" in this recipe is all you need to get your kids ready! It is family-friendly, but includes baking the zucchini with several different types of cheese before adding in all of the "pizza" ingredients. Delicious!
My all-time favorite way to use zucchini is in this bread recipe! I promise, if you don't tell your kids, they'll never know it's there. It is out-of-this world good and is a fabulous recipe that you can double or triple on a Sunday and freeze all of the loaves! Try this next time you're yearning for some homemade bread! (Which is all the time for me.)
Happy eating and happy harvesting!