Recipes for Your Summer Harvest

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Yummy, Yummy, Tickle my Tummy!

My zucchini and cucumbers are here!! Isn’t it great to have fresh vegetables all summer long?! The only way we can know our food is free of pesticides and insecticides is to buy organic or grow it ourselves. SO, in every free spot in my yard, some kind of vegetable or herb is growing. I would like to share a couple of recipes for your zucchini, cantaloupe and spinach.

ZUCCHINI BREAD(makes 2 loaves)

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 cup oil (coconut oil is very healthy)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 teaspoons cinnamon

3 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons nutmeg

1 teaspoon powdered ginger

2 cup raw zucchini-seeded and grated

3 cup all purpose flour

1 cup pecans or walnuts-chopped

2 ½ cups sugar

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 2 loaves
  1. Cream eggs, oil, sugar and add zucchini, salt, spices and vanilla. Blend baking soda into flour and add slowly to above mixture until smooth. Add nuts and pour into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes (fork comes out clean)
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CANTALOUPE- SPINACH SALAD with PISTACHIO-LIME VINAIGRETTE

Salad

1 large cantaloupe

6 cups torn fresh spinach

½ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped

Vinaigrette

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup chopped sweet onion

1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

¾ cup vegetable oil

1 cup pistachios

Process first 6 ingredients until smooth while the blender is running.

Add vegetable oil in a slow steady stream. Turn off blender and add pistachios. Pulse until they are blended into mixture. Pour over individual salads to your taste.

Enjoy your summer veggies and Bon Appétit!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Spinach-Cantaloupe Salad with Pistachio/Lime Vinaigrette

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I"m tired of recipes but I'll follow you any old time. I actually don't like zucchini but I love zucchini bread. I know, weird at best! LOL


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

I understand Billybuc! Zucchini bread tastes nothing like zucchini!!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I LOVE ZUCCHINI BREAD.. so good.. thank you for the recipe..I will be trying it soon. and I agree with you.. it is nice to have fresh vegetables all summer..

blessings

Debbie


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks for stopping by Debbie. I am going to make some soon myself. Enjoy!!


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

Yummm....sounds good. Wish I had the space to grow my own veg.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Believe it or not, I haven't made a zucchini bread for years! Your hub has inspired me to give it a try....... Very nice and simple! Also love the salad, what a great combination!

Voting up and useful.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

My favorite is bannana nut bread maybe it's because it has so many nuts.I love your zucchini bread and now I would like to try to make a new favorite.A bannana nut zucchini bread.I better let you make it first.I will watch for the recipe and mmmm it sounds so good.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

That one may be a challenge, Dream On...will post if I take on the challenge.Thanks for stopping by!


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks for stopping by Kikalina. Even if you don't have the room to grow your own, the farmer's markets are a great place to shop and they also support your local farmers.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

I had not made it in a while either, LaThing, but once I made it, I had to make another loaf!!It is so darn good!! Thanks for the comment!!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, awesome and interesting. Here in the northeastern United States my zucchini and squash are in full blossom. I love the bread recipe. When my crop is ready I will have to publish my recipe for zucchini, squash, onions, pork chops and tomato sauce. You are so right about growing our own vegetables. The only chemicals in my garden is none other than good old cow manure.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Your upcoming recipe sounds good too, Pagesvoice. Thanks for stopping by! Compost was my fertilizer...no chemicals!!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Two recipes for the price of one? I love zuccchini and your bread is so tasty! Salads with pistacchios and that blender taking care of the cantaloupe with spinach are a must this summer. Too hot for soups or cooking out.

Lord


KatrineDM 4 years ago

All I can say is Yummy, Yummy, Tickle my Tummy! That bread and salad will go well together :-)


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks for the comment Katrine! Glad to see you again.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

I agree Lord. It is hard for me to eat hot food in the summer with so many fresh veggies for salads! Thanks for stopping by!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Yes indeedy, these two recipes will definitely be a great match. Thanks much! :)


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks RTalloni! I hope you get to try them! Appreciate you stopping by.


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Eliza57 4 years ago

All the recipes sound fantastic. I am going to have to try the salad recipe, since that's mostly what I like to eat. I love zucchini bread. I have made it many times, also chocolate zucchini bread is very good. Sometimes I measure enough grated zucchini to use in my zucchini bread and freeze. Late start on garden plus not as big or cared for as last year, but am trying. Thanks for sharing!


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

I am freezing my zucchini too, Ann. Thanks for stopping by! The salad dressing is so good!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

The cantaloupe-spinach salad sounds very good. Thanks for the tips.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

you are so welcome mckbirdbks. Thanks for stopping by.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Thnk you so very much pickles for sharing this wonderful hub.

Eddy.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

And than you for stopping by to comment, Eddy!


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lovebuglena 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

Wow! Do you have any pics to share from your garden? I am growing basil, which is doing well. Trying to grow yellow peppers, but only one grew so far. It is getting big but still green. Wonder if it will ever become yellow and ripe for eating. Had some luck with the tomatoes but all the leaves have now died on me and although new leaves are growing I doubt any tomatoes will surface at this time of year. The strawberries and wild strawberries are gone too for the most part but those went pretty well.

Anyway, I digressed. Interesting hub. I would love to try the zucchini bread. It sounds delicious!!! Voted up!


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Hi Loveguglena. My garden for the most part is fading now. I planted red peppers and want to let you know that your yellow ones should turn yellow if you leave them on the vine. They are all green at first, but do change. I still get a few tomatoes, but even if it gets too cold for them to ripen, I shall make fried green tomatoes!! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

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