I’m no gardening expert, but I have learned a couple of things about zucchini:
- A few zucchini plants produce A LOT of zucchini.
- When there’s a lot of zucchini, it’s hard to even give it away.
It’s a good thing August 8 is “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night” just so those of us who have zucchini coming out our ears can get rid of this hearty vegetable somehow.
It’s kind of funny, really, that just a couple of weeks ago, I was lamenting the state of my little garden, and now every day I pull 2 or 3 giant zucchinis out of my garden. I swear they grow six inches overnight!
I’ve been trying to keep up with the zucchini by doing a little bit with our harvest each day. I’ve shredded some in my food processor and put in two-cup portions in freezer bags in the freezer. And we’ve tried to eat a bit of it, too. One of my favorite ways to eat zucchini is to slice it lengthwise, brush a little olive oil on it and grill it.
We also tried the recipe for Campbell’s Chicken Zucchini. This was a big hit with the family and we’ll definitely make it again. I added a teaspoon of garlic powder to the recipe and I cooked the chicken with fresh garlic. It was delicious and super simple!
I’ve also done some baking. I’ve made several loaves of Amy’s Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – most of which disappeared before I could put it in the freezer. I also made the very decadent zucchini brownies, which are really more like cake, and oh-so-rich and yummy.
I’m looking forward to trying a few other things as well. One reader suggested making zucchini relish, and since my boys are such fans of relish, I think we may have to give it a try. I’m also hoping to make a few salads and soups with our zucchini bounty.
As much as I joke about our zucchini, I realize that we’re blessed to be have such a bounty. It will help us stretch our food budget during the winter months, and for that, I’m grateful.
What are you planning to do with your excess zucchini?