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Lazy cooking-Zucchini boats


Saturday, July 09, 2011

I remember my mother, sometime in her late fifties, saying she was tired of cooking and wasn't going to do it anymore. Somehow she managed to stay slim (she always thought she was fat) while eating at McDonalds, something I never managed. After not cooking for years, I am getting back into it. And since I am very lazy, no use denying it, this is how I do it.

On day one I cooked the burger. I'm not eating turkey burger when what I want is hamburger.
On day two I cooked the mushrooms, celery, peppers and onions. This was a lot of effort what with all the chopping and crying.

On day three I messed up a couple of zucchini trying to make "boats". (Almost messed up a couple fingers too). I got a couple decent ones. As I was chopping spoonfuls out of the zucchini I wondered why they never tell what to do with the stuff you cut out. But I am not wasteful (not after all that effort) so in with the burger and vegies it went. Then it went into the boats (and over, and around) and into the oven.

Dinner. Hummm, kind of dry. Was I supposed to put water in the bottom? Cover them? I don't know, throw some jarred spaghetti sauce on them. There. Well at least my stomach is full.

Day four (friday), took the leftover boats to work, ate one and left the others in the microwave. Yeah Friday! Time to go home! Dag! My dinner is in the microwave and the building is locked! OOOhhh, thats going to smell by the time we get back Monday morning!

Day five. Cut up left over zucchini, put it in leftover burger, mushrooms, celery, peppers and onion, threw leftover spaghetti sauce on it, tossed in bay leaf, oregano and basil. Now thats more like it! Why didn't I do that in the first place?! No More Boats! Put half cup of cottage cheese in a bowl and poured zucchini and sauce over it. Yum! Can't wait to have more on day six!!
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TABBYARTS 7/31/2011 11:53PM

    For someone who hates to cook, you certainly are creative. Boats or not, those recipes sounded tasty, easpecially the second variation!
You can invite me over to your house for dinner! Ill chop veggies abd wash dishes, too!

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SHEL1181 7/20/2011 6:43PM

    Too funny that you left your boats in the work microwave.....so how did that end up? I've not tried the zucchini boats.....I too am lazy when it comes to cooking. Didn't used to be that way but now it seems life has gotten in the way and I don't enjoy it as much as I used to. And I'm with you.....no turkey burgers. That ain't gonna cut it!

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RENIESSPARKIN 7/14/2011 10:41PM

    What a joy and more than a few chuckles this blog was to read. I love zucchini. My son and I tried growing some in my back yard. I have great soil ... well, it seems it's great for growing everything BUT zucchini. Can't believe it. Oh, well, it's not that expensive to buy.

You've made my mouth water just thinking about it. Hmmmm!!!

Thanks for cheering me up.

Renie

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NIAGCHRIS246 7/11/2011 6:38PM

  Trust me, don't bother with the boats. Just chunk it up in vegie stew, it's going to end up that way anyway!
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I have one serving left and I'm out of cottage cheese so I'm going to add a quarter cup baked beans.
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MYOWNHERO 7/11/2011 6:32PM

    I just got a bagful of zucchini from a friend and that's that I'll do with it. Boats!

I love to make soup. That same pot of soup keeps taking on new personality every day :D

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CITRUSPINE 7/10/2011 7:10PM

    I definitely like this blog! It is bot funny and witty! For someone who does not like cooking you make it fun and imaginative and the recipes sound good to me. I am a cook but lately have gotten lazy about it--I would rather bake then cook as I find baking easier and less time consuming. Thanks for the recipe ideas and keep up the "good work"!

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/10/2011 3:42PM

    Funny, but I can sure relate. Many years ago, my DH decided that it was too much of a pain for me to cook (it shows when you don't like to cook) and he took it over. Since then, until recently, he's done all the cooking, baking, even Thanksgiving turkey. My DD has a cooking question, she calls him!!lol!

I won't starve if I need to cook, but it sure won't be creative and maybe not even good -- and I don't really care.

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COUZCAT 7/10/2011 3:19PM

    The easy way to carve out any veggie/fruit including your zukes is using a melon baller. They have very sharp edges and the spoon shape works well to remove the insides too.

I use them to remove the cores from pears: cut fruit in half lengthwise, then scoop out core with melon baller. Similarly for apples unless you want to stuff the core.

And cherry pitters work well for pitting olives too.

Cheers,
Catherine

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ANYVAR54 7/9/2011 10:17PM

    I like your sense of humor. Haven't tried zucchini boats, but maybe now I will. Hope you are doing well with your weight loss. I too, didn't want ground turkey and had a homemade hamburger tonight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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