What To Do With All That Zucchini

It is quickly coming to the end of harvest season here. Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, etc are all about done producing. However if you planted a zucchini plant, you probably have them coming out of your ears right about now. If you have ever planted a zucchini plant, then you know what I am talking about. Zucchini is one of the easiest things to grow and will provide you with what seems like an endless supply. So what are you going to do with all of that zucchini?

There are so many ways to cook it and eat it as you pick it. Try sauteing it in a little bit of olive oil with a dash of pepper. Adding some onion or yellow squash (also a prolific producer in home gardens) is also very good. Chances are though; you have already been eating it like this. Vegetable quesadillas are a favorite around here. Chop the zucchini and onion up small, saute like above, however then put it on a tortilla, top with whatever cheese you have on hand and another quesadilla. Heat on a griddle until the cheese melts and you have a very good dinner. You can also add whatever other veggies you have on hand - tomatoes are a favorite of ours.

I like to sneak zucchini in other things as well. I make a sausage rigatoni bake that if I peel the zucchini, I can then grate it and include it in this dish. The kids never notice and that is one more vegetable for the day that they don't even realize they are getting. You can sneak a lot of vegetables into homemade spaghetti sauce. Steam diced zucchini until tender and then puree in a blender. Add to the sauce and the kids will never know. It is so easy to make spaghetti sauce healthy.

Making zucchini bread is a great way to use up zucchini. And you can eat it for breakfast even! You can make zucchini bread and freeze it for future meals, or you can just grate the zucchini and freeze in the correct portions to make zucchini bread later. Did you know that you can even put grated zucchini in cakes? Speaking of freezing zucchini, you can freeze cubed zucchini in 2 cup portions to make cream of zucchini soup in the winter. Right now you might be sick of it, but in a few months it will sound good again and you can pull out the free zucchini from your garden.

If all else fails and your neighbors don't want any more free zucchini, you can let it grow to very large sizes on the vine (or if you are like me, it probably already grew that big!). Once it is baseball bat size you can paint it or carve it like a pumpkin and use it for Halloween decorations. There really are so many ways to cook eat and freeze zucchini, so have fun and enjoy your bounty.

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