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LINAMARIE64
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9/1/12 9:51 A

I love the idea of shredded zucchini for pasta substitute. I use cauliflower rice as a substitute for rice dishes or a side dish. Thanks for that idea, will be trying this today...



DIZZYKW
Posts: 20,904
8/31/12 10:59 A

With the frozen zucchini you can add it to spaghetti sauce, chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, chili. It is an easy way to add extra vegetables into your meals. I keep one cup portions frozen in sandwhich ziplock bags to add to all my soups and stews.



SUNNIKC
Posts: 128
8/20/12 4:33 P

Since it is huge I don't think I'd use it with this recipe but since we are talking zucchini I thought I'd share anyway. I found this awhile ago and have been wanting to try it but haven't yet. http://vittlesandbits.blogspot.com/2012/03
/baked-zucchini-chips.html
This one sounds really good as well http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,100
00001733709,00.html



RIET69
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8/20/12 3:38 P

Here is a recipe I made up last week:
Saute a large onion. Cut zucchini in half the long way. I took out some seeds with a spoon then I cut the halves into slices, like half moons. Put with onions. Cook uncovered until done, but not overdone. Then I added cooked penne, and added a can of diced tomatoes. When all was warmed up, I added feta cheese and some Parmesan cheese. It was delicious.



HOTYOYOMAMA
Posts: 191
8/12/12 5:35 P

My favorite use for zucchini is to slice it into 1/4 inch thick pieces, spray or drizzle with olive oil and season with Montreal steak seasoning. Grill or place under a broiler until slightly browned. Yum!



RIET69
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8/10/12 10:42 A

We had a gigantic zucchini this summer too. I shredded it and put it in plastic freezer bags. I flattened out the bags, wrote the amount in in each bag and put in freezer. Will make zucchini bread, muffins, etc. this winter.



DRAGONCHILDE
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8/8/12 1:15 P

Shredded zucchini makes a GREAT substitute for pasta! It goes well with both cheese and tomato-based sauces, and cuts the calories and boosts the nutrients for pasta dishes. You can even mix it!

Check out this great blog from a few days back on Dailyspark:

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=lighten_u
p_pasta_with_gardenfresh_zucchini




LCRUMLEY81
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8/8/12 11:54 A

I know you said you have a recipe for zucchini bread but here is another one that is a huge hit in our house...even my 7 year old asks for it over cake.

Zucchini-Carrot Bread
3 eggs
1 cup yogurt (any kind works...Vanilla or Strawberry is a huge hit)
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 tsp vanilla
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour (i use a mix of white -1cup- and whole wheat -2 cups- flour)
3 cups shredded zucchini (i dont peel it)
1 cup shredded carrots

Mix eggs, yogurt, and sugar until smooth. Add in vanilla, cinnamon, salt, soda, and powder and mix until well combined. Slowly add the flour and mix. The dough will be stiff but once the zucchini and carrots are mixed in it will thin out.

Then pour into loaf pans and bake at 325 for 40-60 minutes.
I also make muffins and mini loaves of bread...just adjust the baking time.



MARYB1009
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8/5/12 5:33 P

Zucchini Rounds

2 cups shredded zucchini
1/3 cup baking mix
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg (or egg substitute)
salt/pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients. Cook on a griddle (prepped with cooking spray or olive oil) like pancakes. Serve with sour cream, if desired. Makes 8 rounds.



KAPELAKIN
Posts: 1,971
8/5/12 12:16 A

I tend to make zucchini "crab" cakes a lot during the summer. They're actually better with bigger zucchini since they are drier at that size. Smaller zukes make the mixture too watery. I haven't made it yet this year, so I haven't taken a look at ways to "healthify" it yet.

allrecipes.com/recipe/connies-zucchini-cra
b-cakes/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR
_Title&e11=zucchini%20crab%20cakes&e8=
Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page




TWILAQ1
Posts: 450
8/4/12 9:57 P

Zucchini-Feta pancakes from The Moosewood Cookbook. Delicious!



MASHAMOO
Posts: 1,667
8/4/12 9:52 A

*looks at gigantic zucchini sitting on counter*
*rereads thread*


Great suggestions here. Thanks all!



RICCILYNN
Posts: 2,452
8/2/12 2:44 P

I don't know the proportions but I am sure you can google it... my dad makes a faux apple pie filling with zucchini. I know you peel and seed it, cut into pieces like you would use for apple pie and then cook down with sugar, pie seasonings and lemon juice. You would swear you were eating apple pie when it is finished! You said you don't want to make bread because you are trying to be good but I am sure there are ways to make this healthier...



LEB0401
Posts: 301
8/2/12 11:46 A

Oooh.. my mom gave me this recipe when her zucchini harvest had reached it's peak and she had zucchini out the wazoo.. it's really different and flavorful! I'll let you guys put it in the recipe calculator for the nutrition info...

Zucchini Linguine
6 Servings

8oz linguine **you can use less noodles if you prefer
1 clove garlic, minced
1 big honking zucchini (or 2-3 small)
1/2c nonfat plain yogurt
1/2c reduced fat cheddar cheese
2T parmesan
salt,pepper to taste

Cut zucchini lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Using a box grater, shred zucchini. Add zucchini and garlic to skillet and saute until tender (**you can use a tsp of olive oil here, but it works just as well to "saute" in water.)

Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente.

Combine zucchini mixture, yogurt, cheeses, and salt & pepper in a small bowl. Add to drained cooked noodles and toss until well mixed.



VEGGIEDIVA
Posts: 22
8/1/12 6:05 P

There is a recipe on the site, Zucchini Fritters, that is really good! I used a bat sized zuke and after salting and draining, there was not that much actual zuke. I've made it twice but will run it through the recipe builder again as I think the count is off.



SNOOPY1960
Posts: 1,680
7/25/12 11:15 P

ZUCCHINI " NOODLES "

1 large zucchini
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and black pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese
drizzle olive oil


Cut zucchini into thin, noodle-like strips (a potato peeler works well for this). Toss with the 2 teaspoons salt, and place in a colander to drain for 30 minutes.

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add zucchini; cook for one minute. Drain then rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
.
Heat butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add zucchini and garlic; cook and stir until just tender, about 5 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Or you can add your favorite pasta sauce instead !!!!!!





FALCONGIRL2010
Posts: 148
7/25/12 7:11 P

I think stuffed zucchini of some sort is your best bet. You can even save the seeds you scoop out to plant next year! Then fill it with whatever healthy grains or veggies you like, a sprinkle of cheese and bake it.



MISSKELEBEK
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Posts: 355
7/23/12 3:03 P

You could cut it in half length wise and scoop out the big seeds and make stuffed zucchini, tomato sauce, other veggies and even some ground turkey, chicken or beef. Or adapt this recipe: Stuffed Baby Zucchini for Two recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=325023




GREENEYESKIGIRL
Posts: 55
7/23/12 2:57 P

It rained and rained and I forgot to check the garden so now I have a gigantic zucchini. I do not like seedy zucchini. Otherwise, I'd just eat it steamed plain as I usually do.

I looked at a recipe for a side dish, but when I figured out cost per serving, it was over 300 calories! It was a bisquick type recipe and someone said it was good...no doubt!!

I would usually make bread, but I'm trying to be good here, so my usual recipe won't work.

I'd like a couple ideas of what to do with this monster!! Any healthy recipes for what to do with shredded zucchini since I will probably be shredding it. Also, I don't use artificial sweeteners.



 
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