Thursday, July 22, 2010


For those who grow gardens, it's that time of year when you start seeing a lot of zucchini.  We have learned the biggest thing you can do to prevent zucchini overload is to keep ahead of it.  The best way to do that? 


Check your plants daily and pick them while they are small, about an 1 1/2" - 2"  in diameter.  I have never seen anything grow as fast as a zucchini and if you miss a day, WATCH OUT!  I have gone to bed with small zucchinis on the vine only to find big boats by lunch the next day.  Don't believe me?  Grow some zucchini and you'll see for yourself.

Another thing we are doing this year is to get creative with it.  Often we get sick of them, quickly.  This is easy to do if you only make one thing with them.  So if you only have that favorite zucchini dish you make over and over again in vain efforts to get through your surplus, you need to get out there and research new recipes. A new recipe I'm going to try is: Zookies  (Highly recommended by a fellow zucchini growing gal: Michal)

A wonderful thing about this vegetable is that it's versatile.  Just the other day I had them for breakfast, lunch, dinner & dessert and I'm not even sick of them.  Why?  Because we got creative in our cooking this year. They can be a main part of the meal as in Zucchini Scramble (recipe below) or as a filler in pretty much everything else.  The other night, my hubby chopped them up super fine and snuck them into our Sloppy Joes.  He felt so sneaky and he reveled in the deception.  The kids didn't notice until almost the end of the meal when they saw yellow chunks.  Had he stuck with the green zucchinis, no one may have guessed.

The last and marvelous thing about zucchini is that they are filling.  You can stretch any recipe with zucchini.  Adding greens and fiber will help you feel full after eating.  This means, less calories while feeling full.  Can't argue with that when you are trying to shed some pounds.

Zucchini Scramble
(This is a recipe I have been enjoying a lot lately)

3,4,5 Zucchinis, shredded (use as many as you want to eat at the meal)
3-4 Eggs
 Montery Jack cheese, shredded
Olive Oil
Season to taste (I use salt,pepper, coriander and pepper flakes)

I don't have any measurements because this is the type of recipe where you literally just throw it into the pan and "eye ball" it.
  • Warm up olive oil in fry pan.  
  • Shred the zucchini using a cheese grater and cook until done.  (As the water cooks out of the zucchini, the amount will shrink.  Use more zucchini then you think you'll eat.)
  • Add the eggs and scramble together until eggs are done. 
  • Season the scramble
  • Top with grated cheese and turn off heat.  When cheese is melted it's time to dish up.
In case you are still wondering about my zucchini filled day, here's the daily menu:

Breakfast: Zucchini Cake (Yes, it's technically a cake, but I made it with whole grain flour and organic eggs.  The only questionable ingredient is sugar.  I know, it's a far stretch, but it's a dense cake)

Lunch: Zucchini Scramble

Dinner: The deceptive Sloppy Joe's 

Dessert: Zucchini Cake with Butter-Lime frosting


  1. Hey, thanks for the bloggy link-love:) Congrats on how far you've come in your weight loss journey. It's a constant battle for me to balance healthy eating with my love for all things sweet.:) Hence, the zookies.

    Your scramble looks great. I'll have to try it.

  2. The best zucchini recipe I've ever had is zucchini relish. It's crunchy and so much better than sweet pickle relish. I planted at 3 zucchini plants so I could can up a couple batches of this stuff.

    I also chunk up my zukes and roast them with eggplant, onion, garlic, olive oil and salt/pepper in the oven. I absolutely love roasted veggies.

  3. @Michal- I still have so much left to do in my weight loss efforts because I have let my love for sweets win from time to time. (Okay, more often than I would like to admit) ;o)

    @Nelle- I need your relish recipe! My family loves relish, I don't. I am always willing to try something new, especially with zucchini.

  4. I love fresh zucchini grilled as a side dish. I could eat it all day long! YUM! Or roasted. THat is yum too! mmmm!