A Story of Squash (Zucchini, that is)

As most of you know who follow my blog, I have only a tiny backyard garden. But sometimes I grow things in my parent’s garden. They are farmers. 

It seems the spaghetti squash seeds I planted out there were both spaghetti squash and zucchini! So I am the proud owner of a very prolific zucchini plant. And since I only get out to the farm once a week, I always find some too large zucchinis. If you are also the proud owner of a zucchini plant, you know the drill.

Here are some of my favorite ways to eat zucchini:

Marinated Veggie Sandwich : This sandwich is unbelievably good! It was a little complicated this time because I made the sun-dried tomato pesto and the ciabatta bread (ciabatta bread is very time-consuming to make and I didn’t know that going in!)

For the record, I didn’t have goat cheese or arugula, but it’s A SANDWICH, so improvise! I’m not the best at grilling, but YUM! Even the leftover zucchini that I’d grilled was great a few days later in something else I made.

Zoodles! There are many great zoodle recipes out there. Here is one I have saved on Pinterest, but I improvised, using fried tofu, for a meatless dinner. I recommend setting the cut zoodles between paper towels before cooking and then don’t overcook! You can use a lot of zucchini this way.

I also really love just sauting sliced zucchini with garlic and seasonings as a nice side, but this won’t use up as much squash and is best with the smaller sizes.

If I can’t use the zucchini fresh (i.e. there is just too much!), I usually shred it and freeze it and later on I make zucchini bread or zucchini brownies. Make sure you have a brownie recipe with enough chocolate! Not all zucchini brownie recipes are created equal. 🙂 And besides the traditional dark zucchini bread, I’ve recently made a lemon flavored zucchini bread–yum.

My sister recently told me about using zucchini in a curry sauce so I will be trying that soon!

What’s your favorite way to eat zucchini?

Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on TwitterSign up for the newsletter!

4 comments on “A Story of Squash (Zucchini, that is)

  1. I stopped growing zucchini (courgettes) because I simply don’t eat enough of them. But I’m inspired with your spiraliser, I thought it was just a gimmick!
    I do have a very nice recipe for zucchini with a lemon pepper crust, which is essential broiled (we say grilled) halved lengtheways zucchini, then add a mixed breadcrumb, lemon and black pepper coating tot he cut side and grill some more!

    • Jemima, that sounds really good! It’s hard to keep up with zucchini. I usually just get a few from my mom’s plant, but now that I have my own I’m working harder at finding ways to use them. When they get too big I just throw them to the hens. 🙂

  2. You are going to have to share the brownie recipe! I also like to shred it, add some onions, bell peppers, and make a sauce with spices and chicken broth over pasta.

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