Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WIAW: Zucchini Week

I hope everyone is having an excellent summer! The days and nights are cooling off a bit here and it feels great. In the morning I have to reach for a blanket!! Love it.
Let's celebrate summer with food, shall we? I've still been cooking like crazy but not being as diligent about taking pictures and sharing.

If you made some good food this week, you should share too with Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

Breakfast: An easy Lemon Chobani with Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and lemon-zucchini muffin and instant coffee.
Snack: A green smoothie-spinach, almond milk, banana (pretty basic, but yummy).
 This week has been all about zucchini. My single zucchini plant is not only productive, it's sneaky. I can check my plant one morning and have no zucchini and the next morning I have a giant one ready to be picked. Like this one that's as big as Arson.

So, of course I've been trying to find different ways to prepare it. I will definitely have to freeze some too. Dinner was sliced zucchini grilled up and filled with a mixture of Ricotta cheese, pepperjack, parmesan and pizza sauce baked in the oven. It turned out pretty good considering I just threw it together.

What I have been most intrigued by while searching for innovative ways to use zucchini is the myriad of dessert recipes. 
The first one I tried was a Lemon Loaf with Zucchini which turned out pretty good. It made a huge batch of bread and muffins(most of which are in the freezer). The lemon/zucchini combo was nice and refreshing.

The second was Chocolate Zucchini Muffins from Oh She Glows. I didn't use a few things from her recipe, I left out walnuts and chocolate chips. I also made a Chia egg(I was out of flax).
OMG DELICIOUS. Make these now. Perfect combo of chocolate and zucchini. I decided to frost some as well for a little more chocolate : )

I made my first ever homemade frosting, and I gotta say it is amazing. It will be hard to not devour all these in a few days.

I can't wait to try more zucchini recipes! Let me know if you guys have some tried and true favorites, I'd love to hear them!

In other, exciting news. I got a job!!!
I know I don't talk too much about my education/job life on here. But, I'm just so excited! The position is part time at the nature center where I currently volunteer.
It makes me feel good that my hard work is paying off and my career is moving in the right direction.


  1. Great recipes! Love this time of year. I have some additional recipes on my blog:

  2. I LOVE all things zucchini! And your recipes looks delicious :) I can't wait to try them. Did you know today is national zucchini day? Just thought I would share...

    Here are some of my favorite zucchini recipes...Turkey Burgers with Carrots and Zucchini and Zucchini Fries ( and Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes (

    Thanks for sharing! Happy WIAW :)

  3. Love everything about this WIAW. It all looks & sounds so tasty :)

  4. What a cute kitty! Now you've got us craving zucchini everything. :)


  5. YUM!!!! The zucchini stuffed with ricotta sounds amazing! What a great use for zuchs!