Friday, April 30, 2021

Z is for Zucchini

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Z is for Zucchini

Z is indeed for Zucchini. I can't believe today is the last day! I made it! I feel like I need to throw confetti and dance around in a circle and clap my hands! Yay! Yay! Yay! I've also realized that I have some really great recipes and have only shared a few! The other thing I've realized is a large majority of my really awesome recipes have been given to me by wonderful friends and family members.

On to Z . . . .Zucchini! The picture below does not look very appetizing but the recipe is really yummy. Skinny Taste is another great resource for those on WW. While we were safe at home, I found this recipe and decided to make it and I've made it several times since then. The first time I made it my Shipt shopper couldn't find the chicken sausage recommended so she substituted Apple/Chicken/Gouda sausage. I ended up having to change the way I prepared the sausage because all of the cheese was oozing out but I finally made it work and it was delicious. I've made it several times and I think I've used a different chicken sausage every time and they have all worked.


Zucchini is actually fairly versatile. Sometimes I peel part of the zucchini - leaving a think green stripe every so often for color. I spread it on a cookie sheet (covered with non-stick Reynolds Aluminum Foil) and spray the zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle Cavender's seasoning over all and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. On the night below, I finished out the cookie sheet with rounds of yellow squash.


I don't have any pictures of the third way I cook zucchini. Slice the zucchini like above (on cookie sheet) and cook in a skillet along with some slices of onion and if you like you can add mushrooms. After zucchini begins to brown a little, add a can of tomatoes and zucchini from the grocery store. Sometime I can find it and sometimes I can't. I also add another can of diced tomatoes that are seasoned with garlic and something (the Italian ones). This recipe needs to cook quite a while -- it needs to "cook down." It is a good side dish in the winter.

Last but not least would be zucchini bread! I haven't made it in a long time -- not at all during the pandemic -- but zucchini bread is a great way to use up extra zucchini. It also freezes well.

What food or recipe do you eat/make that begins with the letter Z?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog over the last month!! I've had a great time! I'm going to start a new series soon -- All Around the House. It will be a once a month link up on Thursdays where we share different rooms in our houses and our thoughts about those rooms - why we chose certain furniture and decorations, etc. and if it is a success, who knows where we will go?? Hope you will check back and link up with us!


24 comments:

  1. I’ve just been reading your recipes. We’ve been on a similar path.

    I’m curious about your new All Around the House idea.

    https://cassmobfamilyhistory.com/2021/04/30/zucchini-zaatar-and-zigzag-fruit/

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    1. I enjoyed checking out your Z today!! Check back in a few days for All Around the House!

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  2. Yum, I love zucchini. It's definitely time to do the happy dance - we made it through the challenge! I had so much fun with it, I'm glad you did too. I'm looking forward to checking out All Around the House. :)

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    1. I'm definitely doing the happy dance! So glad you are going to check out All Around the House!!

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  3. I love fresh produce. Now I'm thinking I may need to try some chicken and gouda sausage.
    Congratulations on finishing the Challenge!!!

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    1. I love fresh produce, too. I stopped at the little "farmer's market" in our community yesterday (and last week) and bought Alabama strawberries . . .yum!

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  4. I'm with you -- hooray for the last day of the A to Z Challenge! It's been a fun ride and I've enjoyed your posts and comments. I like zucchini zoodles (in place of pasta) -- they've become a mainstay for me. https://mollyscanopy.com/2021/04/zip-code-scares-and-zap-power-outage-atozchallenge/

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    1. I like zoodles, too. I tried to make my own and that didn't go well!

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  5. Zinfandel and Ziti! Never, never, never zucchini! No summer squash AT ALL! Winter squash is fine, I grow it and use it in pumpkin recipes.
    Congratulations on getting to Z!

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    1. Do you not like the flavor or texture of summer squash? We love winter squash, too.

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    2. The flavor, although the texture isn't the nice thick puree of winter squash.

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  6. I am so keeping your blog in my faves, and when may comes, I might even try some of these awesome recipes, congrats on finishing your A2Z Challenge.

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  7. My favorite way to eat zucchini is to beer-batter and fry it. I cut it into spears (like pickle spears). I make my batter out of beer and flour - that's all. Dip and fry in Canola oil and salt lightly when done. Delicious. I don't fry very often so it's really a treat when I do. Looking forward to your "All Around the House" series.

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    1. Fried zucchini spears sound delicious! I hope y'all are doing well!!

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  8. I love Zucchini bread, and fried if in the right batter.

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    1. I haven't fried it in a long time. That sounds good!

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  9. Congratulations on finishing the A-Z this year!! I have sure enjoyed your alphabet full of recipes!! xo

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    1. thank you! If you try any of the recipes I would love to hear if you like it!

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  10. Congrats on finishing the challenge!

    I'm going to have to try that first recipe you featured. We eat a lot of zucchini variety of ways, raw, sauteed, zucchini noodles, etc. So much healthier with the zucchini noodles than pasta noodles :)

    I like your new series. I think I'll participate in it once you get it up and running; at least for a few rooms in our house :)

    Now get some well deserved rest!

    betty

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    1. thanks so much for commenting. The first recipe is really good. I'm thrilled you are going to participate in "All Around the House".

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  11. I was just commenting on another blog that we love zucchini but in season it can be a little too plentiful. Weekends In Maine

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  12. Congrats on finishing the challenge. I'm with you in the dancing and clapping hands. I think we should celebrate with zucchini bread - one of my faves.

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  13. Congratulations on surviving this A to Z!!

    I really enjoy zucchini. With yellow squash, it is so versatile in how it can be prepared.

    I've been roasting strips of both. A little Olive Oil (mist when I have it), herbs, and it's the perfect side for any protein OR by itself as the meal. Good thing I'm going to the supermarket in a bit.

    Congrats!

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