We had Mike’s family staying over this week at our house, and one day, when I came back from work, I find two massive zucchinis on our kitchen. I was dumbfounded, I had never seen a zucchini that big, let along two. Turns out it’s a pretty common thing for zucchinis, apparently they go from normal size to giant size in a couple of days if you don’t pay attention to them in your garden. Mike’s uncle has a nice little garden on his house, and that’s how those zucchinis (and a couple of tomatoes) showed up in my kitchen. And here’s the thing, creative cooking is not a skill I’d associate with me, but I’m also not one to throw food away just because I don’t know what to do with it. So I went online and asked my friends for ideas, and I got a bunch of great ones to try out this weekend!
So after about 30 minutes of cutting, peeling, shredding, and dicing zucchinis, I started cooking. On Saturday I made this AMAZING zucchini bread from a recipe my friend Johanna emailed to me, from the Simply Recipes website.
Then Sunday was the day to make Food Finery’s zucchini brownies recipe. I’m not a fan of brownies in general because they are too chocolate-y and dry, but zucchini brownies sounded too good to pass on. I chose to not add any frosting to my brownies though, to try to keep my sugar intake under control. But I did serve them with some vanilla ice cream, and they were perfectly moist and chocolate-y. Thanks Tiffany for the amazing recipe!
And to finish off the weekend, we prepared some shish kabobs with chicken, zucchini (obviously), tomatoes, and bell peppers. We used this recipe for the marinade, but since we don’t have a grill we improvised by broiling the skewers in the oven! It was perfect. I served them with brown rice and a roll toasted with pesto.
PS: Hope you like the pictures too! I’m trying to make some pretty food photography, and it takes some prep work! But it looks better than using Instagram ;)
Download all recipes in this handy PDF I made (I’m teaching an InDesign class in the fall and playing with all different sort of documents you can make on InDesign, and decided to quickly do this tiny recipe book for another example).