A great use for overgrown zucchini, this zucchini apple pie (zapple pie) is a twist on the classic mock apple pie using sliced zucchini. The first time I made zapple pie, I served it for dessert when the neighbors came to visit. They didn't believe that the pie was made with zucchini and not apples. It's a great way to use up those giant club-sized zucchini. One zucchini about a foot long should be enough for one nine inch pie. Don't use young zucchini – they taste too much like veggies.
Need a new easy zucchini recipe? Make some zucchini gummy candy! This zucchini gummy candy recipe is made without jello or pectin tastes like commercial gummy treats with no artificial flavors, colors or refined sugar.
I saw a recipe online that made them with drink mix and sugar, and coated them with more drink mix – more sugar and artificial color and flavor than I prefer. So I decided to experiment with a simpler version using fruit juice concentrate. It worked out great!
Although zucchini noodles and stealth zucchini uses have become popular in recent years, mom's best zucchini bread recipe was a summer staple when I was growing up. I still make zucchini bread for my family – although now I sometimes use gluten free flour. The recipe is quick and easy, and you can use fresh or frozen zucchini. It makes two loaves, so you enjoy one now and have one to share or freeze for later. (Or, if you have teenagers in the house, simply watch both disappear.)
My husband and I like nuts in our zucchini bread and my youngest doesn't care for them. To make everyone happy, I sprinkle nuts on top of the loaves instead of mixing them in so he can dodge them if he likes. I usually mix some coconut right in the batter. The boys aren't huge coconut fans, but they like it in recipes like this and it makes the bread more filling. [Read more…]
Cheesy garlic zucchini bread is a recipe I often make when summer squash are abundant, but it also works just fine with frozen shredded squash. It's a quick bread recipe, not a yeast bread, so it goes together in a flash. The texture is nice and moist, and the garlic gives it real “pop”. This recipe is adapted from the Zucchini Cheese Square recipe in The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook. You can use whatever size zucchini you have available. I remove the seeds from overgrown zucchini and sometimes peel them, but I don't peel or remove seeds from the younger ones. [Read more…]
This time of year, many gardens and kitchen counters are filled with extra zucchini. I'm still short of rain, so my zucchini plants are only puttering along, but luckily my friends have been more than willing to share their bounty of overgrown zucchinis. Last week I processed a small mountain of large zucchini, and my Facebook friends were asking what the heck I was going to do with them. So here's my not-so-secret method for using up large amounts of zucchini quickly and easily. [Read more…]