Zucchini Recipes

4 cups chicken stock (or water)
1 cup cooked chicken meat, diced
1 cup green beans, chopped to 1-inch pieces
1 cup carrots, diced
4 TBSP tomato paste (optional)
1-2 cups zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbls parsley, minced
Salt and pepper

Bring stock to a boil, reduce heat and add carrots. Simmer for 5 minutes, add beans, zucchini, and chicken and simmer for about 10 minutes until vegetables are just tender and still green. Stir in parsley, season to taste and serve. You can substitute any cooking vegetable for the ones in the soup (celery, leeks, turnips, etc.). You can also add the tomato paste at the beginning with the carrots, which is especially a good idea if you are using water instead of chicken stock (or if you omit the chicken meat also).

1 cup red lentils, washed
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
2-4 tablespoons cooking oil
4 whole cardamom pods (or ¼ teaspoon ground)
1 inch cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground)
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon ground cumin (or whole seeds)
1-2 cups finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium zucchini, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
¼+ teaspoon cayenne powder
 

Bring 4 cups water and lentils to boil.  Skim foam, add turmeric, and cook until tender, about 45 mins.  Heat oil on medium in skillet, add cardamom, cinnamon, bay, cumin.  Stir, add onions, & cook 15 min, stirring.  Add the rest of the ingredients, ½ cup water, and simmer until zuke is tender, about 10 minutes.  Combine with lentils & check salt.

This recipe is very yummy and comes recommended by our family members!  I like to prepare this the night before, put it in the fridge overnight and then put it in the oven for dinner for a very easy and delicous hot meal!

½ large onion, halved and sliced very thin
1-2 medium zucchini or summer squash, sliced very thin
1 pound ground beef (or meat of choice)
12-16 oz tomato sauce or salsa
1-1 ½ cups grated cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

In the casserole layer some tomato sauce, onion, zucchini, beef, tomato sauce, and cheese.  Repeat another round of the same layer topping off with a good layer of cheese.  Season with salt and pepper, bake in 350 degree oven for 1.25-1.5 hours, and serve.

Sara, our employee, contributed this recipe.  When I made it I used farm fresh tomatoes which made for a juicier and still very delicious lasagna!  You can leave out the beef to make it vegetarian or add any other veggie you like!  Enjoy!

1 pound ground meat (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 28-ounce can tomatoes
2-4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
3-4 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise very thinly (approx 1/8")
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1-2 eggs
3 cups mozzarella cheese

Brown the meat adding salt until cooked through.  Drain and reserve on plate.  Saute onion in oil until softening.  Add garlic, meat, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer uncovered on medium-low until saucy and thickened.  This took me a while since I was using fresh juicy tomatoes.  If you use canned it will be less time.  Stir occasionally to keep from sticking.  Meanwhile lightly salt zucchini slices and lay on paper towels in one layer for at least 1/2 hour to draw the water out of them.  You should have at least 30-40 slices of zuke.  Combine ricotta, parmesan and egg.  Make layers until you reach the top of a baking dish in this order: meat/tomato sauce, cheese mixture, grated mozzarella, zucchini slices.  Repeat.  Finish with meat sauce at the top.  Bake at 375 for 45 min (part of that covered with foil to prevent too much browning).  Add more mozzarella cheese and bake another 15 mintues until cheese is melted.  Serve!  Also makes good cold leftovers for lunch the next day.

3 ½ cups grated zucchini (if using large ones, remove seed cavity first)
½ sweet pepper, diced
½ cup onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon each of spices like ground mustard, Chinese five spice powder, allspice, cumin, chili flakes
1 hot pepper, minced (optional if you like it hot!)
1 tablespoon salt

In bowl, mix all ingredients.  Transfer to quart jar and pack down leaving at least 1 inch of head room at the top of the jar.  Cover tightly with lid.  Leave at room temperature for 2-5 days and then transfer to the refrigerator.  Check early and often!  Start tasting your relish before 2 days if it is hot because fermentation can happen really fast sometimes!  When you like the taste, chill and enjoy out of your fridge for weeks to months to come.  If it you don't eat it up too fast :)

Availability: August-September

Storage tips: Refrigerate or store at room temperature.

How to eat: Summer Squashes and zucchini are best eaten at a small to medium stage and very fresh. The best way to cook them is to slice them on the round and sauté them gently in butter 5-10 minutes until soft and top with grated parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. They are also great raw with dips or put into vegetable soups. Zucchini can be grated to make zucchini bread, cookies, or cakes. 

3-4 medium zucchini or summer squash, cut in half (after roasting you should have 1 1/2 cups chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt to taste

Place zucchini cut side up on baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees for about 1 hour or until very soft.  Let zucchini cool, then chop and place with all other ingredients into a food processor.  Process until a smooth and creamy.  Check salt and serve!  Great substitute for mayonaise or can be used as a dip or spread.  Store in the refrigerator.

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