zucchini

@laglen (19780)
United States
August 10, 2008 8:41am CST
I am one of those people that use zucchini for baking bread. My boyfriend likes it fried and a few other ways. Our garden is kickin out zucchinis like mad. We only have two plants, but he pulled 6 off so far and they keep coming. He has been researching recipes. It is amazing all the different ways o cook it. There are pancakes, pasta,. Last night, he hollowed one out about half way, put uncooked rice and lots of water and baked it. He said it was very good. How do you like your zucchini?
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I like zucchini bread too. That is probably my favorite way to eat it. I don't really know very many other ways to eat it. I've never heard of pancakes, pasta or that rice stuff you were talking about. I can't believe that there are really so many ways to cook it. I think I should try that rice stuff. It sounds real weird, but good.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
so true. But if you do, look for recipes. We tried to wing it and it didn't turn out as good as it could be.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Oh, believe me, I don't try to wing it on anything. I am not a cook, a am a recipe-follower.
• United States
10 Aug 08
This post is a community service as zucchini are easy to grow and lot's of us are over burdened with them. A general purpose way to use lots of zucchini is to first chop them up into little cubes. Then I use them several different ways. 1) Topping for salades. (Use up that extra easy to grow lettuce, too!) 2) Filler for some of the meat in a sloppy joe recipe. (Not kidding, it is like making a meatloaf with oatmeal to stretch the meat.) 3) Topping for pizza. (Again, not kidding) 4) Tell your young male children zucchini are the 'secret food' the young Arnold Swartzenegger ate all the time to grow those big muscles. (When their muscles don't develope, tell them they did not eat enough and they have to work out more.) 5) Tell your young female children all MISS AMERICAS for decades have secretly eaten lots of zucchini to achieve their good looks. (All girls are beautiful, so this is not a problem.) 6) Tell your spouse that... whatever works for you. 7) Use your imagination.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
When you tell make children about Arnold's muscels, you are trying to make an arguement they will find appealing, not yourself. That's the secret to men, they are selfish, self centered beings. Appeal to their vanity and get your way with them.
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@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Red - all great suggestions thank you. We just had brownies from zuchini and they were so good! I also will spend a day baking bread, then I freeze it. When I need sweet bread for a party or get together I can pull it out of the freezer and I am good to go!
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
17 Aug 08
I am into "uncooking" at the moment so I make "zucchetti". You use a grating device that will grate the zucchini into noodle or spaghetti shapes then you add a dressing such as salsa, pesto or whatever you like. You can also use zucchini grated like these as garnishings in your salad. I also very thinly slice zucchini and make little "wraps" with it, just by filling it with a nut pate. You can even put a few of these together and top them with a tomato paste for an uncooked ravioli - it's very nice.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
wow interesting recipes. I think he will like them. Thank you
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
11 Aug 08
My favorite way to have it is to steam it and then put butter and salt on it. I also like it fried and in bread. We were going to plant some this year because our whole family likes them so much but we didn't get it done. So next year when I have tons of it I'll have to look up what else I can do with it.
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@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Well if you want some, I have four on the counter right now.........
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
11 Aug 08
As a side dish with meat and fish it is spectacular if you are trying to reduce your carbohydrate intake. In a wok or frying pan add a dab of oil(I prefer olive oil but any oil will do) add one or two heads of chopped/sliced cloves of garlic and allow to become translucent but not burn as then they become bitter. Then add one or two zuchini's sliced thinly(they can be sliced lengthwise or in circles) and a variety of vegetables depending on availability and preference add some mushrooms, cubed eggplant etc and allow to cook through seasoned with a little salt and pepper and thyme. The same mix can be done in the oven. A friend of mine makes a soup with zucchini but I do not know the recipe but it is quite delicious. There is always ratatouille. I was reading up a while back on zucchini and found that in Japan and Mexico they eat the flowers in Japan they are deep fried in tempura. Have fun finding new ways to eat zucchini.
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@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
We read about the flowers, a real delicacy. I have had orchids, they were good, but it is all in what you stuff in them.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I love zucchini bread. My mom just gave us a loaf..it's delicious. I also like zucchini in stir fry, stew, in pasta sauce and even in mock apple pie...it's a great way to use the peeled zucchini left over from making zucchini bread.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
great suggestions thank you! I like the idea of uses for parts you would throw away.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I used to grow zucchini and they grow like weeds. Lately I just grill them outside with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, but I also steam them as well. When I was growing them in the garden, I had so much of it that I would end up making a vegtable stew.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Yeah we have two plants, we have pulled off probably 15 or more.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I like to slice zucchini and yellow squash up and put them in a saucepan with chopped sweet onions (Vidalia or Texas sweet) and a can of diced tomatoes (drained) and a can of tomato sauce. Season to taste with a little salt and pepper and cook for about an hour. My husband can't get enough of it. It is delicious.
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@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
ooohhh he will love that, thank you.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Aug 08
The only way like zucchini is in zucchini bread. Here is a recipe for Zucchini Lasagna that your boyfriend might like. Zucchini Lasagna Ingredients 1/2 pound cooked lasagna noodles, (in unsalted water) 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, part-skim, grated 1 1/2 cup cottage cheese, fat free 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 1/2 cup zucchini, raw, sliced 2 1/2 cup tomato sauce, no salt added 2 tsp basil, dried 2 tsp oregano, dried 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1 clove garlic 1/8 tsp black pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with vegetable oil spray. In a small bowl, combine 1/8 cup mozzarella and 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with all of the cottage cheese. Mix well and set aside. Combine tomato sauce with remaining ingredients. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Add a third of the noodles in a single layer. Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture on top. Add a layer of zucchini. Repeat layering. Add a thin coating of sauce. Top with noodles, sauce, and reserved cheese mixture. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 30 to 40 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Cut into 6 portions. Makes 6 servings--Serving size: 1 piece
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@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Sounds great! We will have to give it a try. Thank you.
@Humbug25 (12551)
10 Aug 08
Hi there laglen I too have two zucchini (or courgettes as we like to call them in England)plants in my garden though they have not grown yet have just sprouting now and I am wondering what on earth to do with them once they are ready for picking. My ex used to hollow his out and fill them with with rice and small bits of meat and cook them in tomatoes rather than just water, he used to add water to them during cooking. Please give me some more ideas as to what I can do with them! Thanks
@laglen (19780)
• United States
17 Aug 08
We had zuchini brownies last night..... oh my gosh were they awesome. My daughter had no idea that they weren't regular brownies!