Friday, August 20, 2010

What to do with all the Zucchini

Every year when harvest time comes,
I realize that one or two zucchini plants would have been sufficient.

But each year at planting time- I convince myself that four or more plants are needed.

And then I have an overload of squash, and commit myself to only planting one or two zucchini seeds....
they cycle continues :(

Here is my recipe for Zucchini Muffins.

My kids seem to eat these better than the bread.
One average size zucchini is needed for the recipe- which makes about 16 large muffins.


1 1/3 cup shredded zucchini
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup oil
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Perhaps you have noticed that I like to make recipes easy by making as many ingredients the same proportion as possible.
I just like being able to make a recipe without having to look at it and this makes it easier.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prep pans or muffin pan with non stick spray

Beat eggs and sugar for 10 minutes.
Beat in lemon juice and oil and zucchini.
(I love shredding squash, it is just too easy)
Mix dry ingredients separately.
Then add to wet ingredients.

Fill muffin pan 2/3 full.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Now what should I do with the other six ripe zucchini???


  1. Make Zucchini Bread and freeze it. I'll be posting my Yogurt Zucchine Bread recipe any day. Make as many as you can. It freezes well. Take them out for gifts and when guests come. Actually, I cut some of the loafs in thirds before freezing so I can take one chunk out at a time when it is only my husband and I. Another suggestion, make stock, beef or vegetable stock. Add the shredded zucchini from your garden to the stock. Freeze or can the stock. Use it later when you make soup in the winter. I don't do this personally, but I know someone who does it quite successfully.

  2. I've grated zucchini and frozen it. Zucchini bread is great but my recipe calls for a cup of oil, more like cake. I replace 1/2 the oil with applesauce, never know the difference. Slice length wise, brush with olive oil, season and grill, wonderful! The joke about zucchini is the seed company puts so many in a packet because they're trying to get rid of it also!


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