Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

August 2nd, 2013

So last week I told the whole world, or maybe just the inter-web, which translates to pretty much no one how I have zucchini brain. I also set a goal for my self to blog for 7 days about all things zucchini in my life. I know, I know, it’s not really chocolate related but these days that’s what’s up. So this is my re-cap. But first I wanna share my garden wit ya. I really wanted a garden and man did I get it. It’s so amazing how fast everything grows! Pictured at left I have just a few baskets of harvest, at first it seemed normal until around the 20th when I started getting a basket every two days. Still going strong I picked four zucchinis just yesterday.

Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Bread

August 1st, 2013

Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

Day 7: Zucchini Bread Again

Finally! Day seven. Not sure why I thought it was a good idea to blog for a week straight after scarcely blogging at all and about something other than chocolate but here we are. I may have cheated a little but since no one actually reads this I am sure it’s not a big deal. I do think now I have a more realistic idea of the type of blogging timeline I can keep. I know I said I wasn’t big into zucchini bread yet here we are again. I did make zucchini bread four times so 50/50 isn’t so bad. But in my opinion, this one is the best out of all four, hence the saving it for last. Apple sauce to replace the eggs, a little bit of apple chunks and crispy dry roasted pecan pieces throughout. Top it all off with a graham cracker crumble and droolz. I’m now a little more excited about zucchini bread and all that it can be if you just pack it full of deliciousness.

Almond Joy Zucchini Bread

July 31st, 2013

Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

Day 6: Go Nuts

Whenever the Summer of epic zucchini proportions began everyone immediately said, “zucchini bread!” Personally I’m not a huge fan and if I’m gonna load up on calories of sweet bread I need it to really be worth it. After all I love experimenting and making recipes my own. Naturally I really wanted to make a chocolate zucchini bread but I went a little bit nuts here with the addition of coconut and almonds. So maybe the zucchini is hidden in there somewhere but it does add fiber and water. I decided to give this a whirl with out eggs and substituted yogurt and coconut oil. When baking, I often prefer to use an infused vanilla sugar I made rather than adding vanilla extract. I usually have extra vanilla bean pods lying around from making ice cream and marshmallow so I just store them in large containers of sugar for a few months.

Zucchini Cannelloni

July 30th, 2013

Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

Day 5: Stuff It!

If zucchini can be a substitute for pasta noodles why not stuff it and call it cannelloni. I know how delicious and meaty mushrooms are in my vegetarian spaghetti and thought they would make the perfect stuff. Mushrooms are so used to being the stuff-ed so how bout a little role reversal to spice things up! Add goat cheese and olives to this perfection and top it with your favorite red sauce. Now that’s amore!

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini (or 2 medium)
  • 2C Brown Mushrooms
  • 1/2C Greek Olives chopped

Veggie Burgers

July 29th, 2013

Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

Day 4: Patty-Cake

It’s Summer and oh how I love to enjoy a grilled homemade burger. Previously I was in love with a turkey burger recipe that includes grated veggies. With all this zucchini I thought it would be my go-to, but lately I’ve been feeling more adventurous. I’ve also had a quinoa obsession and thought it would be the perfect addition. I’ve made this recipe twice already because I could eat these patties everyday! Bun-less they make a superb snack. The first time I grated the zucchini and carrot, the second time I cheated.  Chopping them in the blender on pulse, using my handy new toy, the vitamix. I cut the zucs into quarters and then pulsed them with the dial at 7, until pretty much evenly chopped. I did the same with the carrot but turned the dial to 9. Honestly I prefer them grated because I like consistency but the blender is a time saver.

Oven Roasted Lemon Pepper Zucchini

July 28th, 2013

Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

Day 3: Tickle your Fancy

I like fancy and I believe fancy is what tickles us. I have always fancied pandas and sea shells. In the kitchen I fancy cutting boards, serving platters and more recently finishing salt. It tickles me to explore taste and texture and that’s exactly what finishing salt does. A few years ago a friend picked up some chocolate salt for me from a place in Portland called The Meadow. Then last Summer during our epic road trip I knew I had to see it for my self while in Portland. Of course I couldn’t leave with out three or four various new salts. Sadly they just sat in the spice drawer for way to long, until recently. I’m not sure why I was being so timid with my discovery but that time has passed. So I know this recipe isn’t far off from yesterdays Grilled Mama Rule Zucchini but maybe your not the grill master you thought you were and there’s always the trusty oven, which is great for roasting veggies on broil.

Grilled Mama Rule Zucchini

July 27th, 2013

Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

Day 2: The new Old Fashion

Mama Rule is everybody’s mama and anything but old fashion. We first met in college when I became quick friends with her daughter and thirteen years later I couldn’t imagine my life with out either of them. Mama is pretty much the most hospitable person on the planet, agreeing to let me rent a room at their house when I lost my first apartment. At a time when I ate granola bars for breakfast and a can of tuna(PLAIN!) for lunch everyday, dinner’s at the Rule house were always a treat. She not only taught me a thing or two about cooking she taught Brian as well. Always preaching the importance of a well balanced meal and teaching things like how important it is to eat the skin of a potato. Coincidentally enough she is flying into LA today for a two week visit from her Florida home and I’m super stoked!

Super Green Bean Zucchini Salad

July 26th, 2013

Zucchini. Seven Days. Seven Ways.

Day 1: Baby I like it raw

Ok, so maybe all this dip it in hummus party is getting boring. Or maybe you snagged a summer cold from that double dipper and need to stock up on some vitamin C. After all, zucs are high in this powerful antioxidant and pack the most punch raw. A one cup serving (196g) boasts 58% of your daily value. For more Health Benefits of Zucchini check out yesterdays spiel. I sliced up these bueauts with a handy contraption I would have never bought called the chef’s envy.  It was a gift from a bff that sat in the box for way too long before I discovered how awesome it really is. She bought it from a guy doing demos at Ralphs, something I would have also never done but what are friends for! I’m sure a knife would suffice but gadgets are fun.

Zucchini Brain

July 25th, 2013

New Confession- zucchini is running out of my ears! Yes, it’s true, my life isn’t all about chocolate. I know its a shock but there are a lot of hours in a day and plenty of time for many things, including gardening. So I built a garden, a nice one and stuff totally grew! Especially zucchini. Good thing I really like zucchini and it’s so versatile. NEWS FLASH- “You can totally eat zucchini raw and it’s delicious!” Eat it plain or dip it in your favorite hummus. Grate it or chop it into your salad.  I once went to a raw food workshop were they used a gadget called a spiralizer to magically cut a zuc into noodles for a spaghetti dish and it was phenomenal.

Another Instayear

July 11th, 2013

Last spring I confessed to my obsession with: Photo’s from the kitchen: A year of Instagram. I must admit, it’s still a thing! I’m not sure when that will wear off, if ever and I’m ok with that. Another thing I’m not sure about is this video invasion, I’ve never been big into video but we’ll see. For now just photos from this girl. I still keep my followers and following to a minimum like I’m living in a small town and I like it that way. I even had prints and a couple of rad posters made a few months back using Printstagram. Which,  by the way turned out awesome and I’m still rocking my 3GS! My pics make it obvious I’m obsessed with food and I’m not sure how to embrace that but for now I will only subject you to my sweet side.