Zucchini Recipes & PLU Codes

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I like zucchini lasagna (no noodles), with beef:

I always wanted to try a pizza SparkRecipe that uses shredded zucchini to replace pizza dough, but I haven't done it yet.

I also love zucchini boats made the healthy way; great way to use up the one that got too big for a main course for dinner.

And my fav is simply fresh diced into a salad made with dark leafy greens.

What are your fav ways to use up an overabundance of zucchini when your garden produces too much?

I would use care in sourcing if you're not raising your own, however. I'll repost the info from the Dirty Dozen list at the bottom, which mentions zucchini specifically in scary-but-need-to-know-ways. So grocery store zucchini? No, not so much. Best to get it from your garden, or from a neighbor who doesn't use chemicals in her garden.

This blogger has some zucchini recipes for you. She says her family stopped planting zucchini in their garden, because this time of year everyone is giving away their homegrown zucchini so bountifully, they use their garden space for other things. Click on the link to get these recipes, also, the comments are really good:

1. Easy Fried Zucchini
Simply slice zucchini, and lightly stir-fry it in a little olive oil, coconut oil, or palm shortening. Cook until lightly brown, salt, and serve. Unbelievably delicious!

2. Zucchini Brownies
Yes, brownies with zucchini. Does life get any better?

3. Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats
These are easy to make and fun to eat. Perfection.

4. Zucchini Cake
With cream cheese frosting. You’re welcome.

5. Whole Wheat and Honey Zucchini Bread and Muffins
This is what we always think of when we have extra zucchini, right? Made with whole wheat and honey, this is super moist and wholesome at the same time.

6. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies and Bars
No one even knows these have zucchini in them. :)

7. Easy Noodle Stir-Fry
This is one of our favorite “throw-together” meals. You can add any veggie you want, so why not zucchini? You won’t believe how delicious this is.

8. Teriyaki Chicken and Veggies
This is tangy and full of flavor, perfect for fresh zucchini.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers compile the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists from pesticide residue tests conducted by USDA and FDA scientists, who made public their most recent round of results earlier this year.

Since government scientists wash or peel samples before testing them, pesticide measurements reflect the likely pesticide loads of produce when people eat it.

2014 Dirty Dozen™
1. apples
2. strawberries
3. grapes
4. celery
5. peaches
6. spinach
7. sweet bell peppers
8. imported nectarines
9. cucumbers
10. potatoes
11. cherry tomatoes
12. hot peppers
* Zucchini, Hawaiian papaya and some varieties of sweet corn may be genetically modified.

**Dirty Dozen™ Plus Category
+Summer squash
These crops are commonly contaminated with organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides which are exceptionally potent toxins to the nervous system, even at low doses.

How do you know if the zucchini is conventional or GMO (commonly contaminated with organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides which are exceptionally potent toxins to the nervous system, even at low doses.)? Know your source, and if you're at the grocery store, READ THE STICKER.

PLU Produce Stickers Codes:
1. A 4 digit PLU code - an indication that produce is conventionally grown (potentially sprayed with synthetic pesticides).
2. A 5 digit PLU code starting with the number 9 – an indication that produce is organically grown.
3. A 5 digit PLU code starting with the number 8 – an indication that produce is genetically modified (and potentially sprayed with synthetic pesticides).

Although we are talking zucchini here, I have examples with the PLU codes for corn and bananas:

The 4 digit code 4589 may be used to identify conventionally grown sweet corn.
The 5 digit code 94589 may be used to identity organically grown sweet corn.
The 5 digit code 84589 may be used to identify genetically modified sweet corn.

4011 A conventionally grown banana
94011 An organic banana
84011 A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana
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