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Zucchini Zucchini… Zucchini Bread and More!

11 Sep

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It’s Zucchini season!  I’m sad to report that we moved to a new house this summer so I wasn’t able to plant any of my favorite vegetables, zucchini being one of them :(.  BUT, I can always find it at the local market, which I happened to do this week!  Yesterday my 3 year old and I had a zucchini adventure!  We read this funny book called, Wilber The Zucchini Eating Dragon, which was a hoot.  It’s all about a Dragon who only eats zucchini (he’s a picky eater) and what happens when there isn’t any zucchini at the market…  It’s a great book for anyone, but especially fun if you have a picky eater in your house!  You can find the book for your kindle or in print form on Amazon!

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Of course after reading this silly book we had to make some Zucchini bread!  Here is the recipe we used, which was a huge hit with our family!

ZUCCHINI BREAD

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 large)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips or nuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×5 (or 8×4) loaf pan with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil, zucchini, and vanilla until evenly combined. In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate chips together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined.

Spread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake the bread in the 350′ oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I covered the bread loosely with aluminum foil after 35 total minutes to avoid the top from getting too brown. Allow bread to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before removing from the pan and serving.

YUMMY

One other way that my family loves zucchini is in pasta…  Simply saute small cubes/circles in a bit of olive oil and add it to your favorite pasta sauce.
OH and who could forget grilled zucchini…  You can find this recipe by clicking HERE!
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