If someone told me that I could only plant one vegetable, I would have a hard time choosing between a tomato or a zucchini. I think the zucchini might win out by a slight edge. They are easy to grow, easy to harvest and you can use them in a gazillion ways! Two plants will keep your family and neighbors in zucchini all summer long. HaHa! And, you can grow them in containers so there is no excuse if you live in an apartment. Just remember to harvest on a daily basis once they start producing...believe me, that pencil size zucchini will become a monster in no time!
Okay, you forgot to pick that little darling early in the morning and now it is a giant...what do you do with it? Grate it and bake that beloved zucchini bread. Or, grate it and freeze in plastic bags...grab a handful the next time you make a spaghetti sauce, the kids will never know that they are eating zucchini! Try adding some to your favorite cookie recipe...again, they'll never know they are eating good for ya stuff. :)
Try cutting one in half longways and scoop out the center...fill with a mixture of cooked sausage, breadcrumbs, onions, peppers and a beaten egg. Place them in a casserole dish and cover with a marinara sauce and bake in 400 degree oven until tender...top with some mozzarella cheese and broil till bubbly. Yummmmmmm.
Need a quick, easy and delicious side dish? Try cutting your zucchini into cubes and sauteing in a skillet with some olive oil, garlic and onions...add a diced tomato and sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese for an extra special treat.
This recipe is one that a dear friend gave me years ago. It is still one of my favorite ways to use my garden fresh zucchini...
Kitty's zucchini patties
2 cups zucchini, shredded
1/3 cup Bisquick
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
Mix all ingredients and drop a teaspoonful into hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes or until crisp.
If your zucchini plants have not started to produce, never fear...we have plenty available at the market! :)