I have the sweetest neighbor who has a gigantic garden that seems to always be overflowing with yummy produce. Lucky for me, she always has way too much, and likes to stop by every couple weeks with a grocery bag filled with veggies. Just a couple days ago she came by with a bag filled completely with zucchini. And I’m not talking the small zucchini you usually find in a standard grocery store; these babies were massive, at least double the size of their usual counterparts.
As much as I love zucchini, I had no idea what I was going to do with all of it. The last thing I wanted was to have any of it go bad, but I wasn’t sure that my family would want to eat nothing but zucchini for the next week.
My solution was to make the zucchini into two different recipes. Zucchini bread is one of my favorites, so I just knew that I needed to make some! Zucchini bread scares some people because they assume that it must taste like zucchini, and they cannot fathom that a vegetable can be an ingredient in a sweet bread. I admit that I was a bit apprehensive when I first tried Zucchini bread as well, but now it’s one of my most favorite foods mostly because of this decadent recipe.
I loved that I was able to double the recipe and use up two of the massive vegetables. I also knew that it would keep well, so it could be a dessert and snack (and mostly my breakfast) for the next week. It was also nice because even the picky eater in my family, who probably wouldn’t ever even touch a zucchini, loved it as well!
The second recipe I found is also one of my favorites. You cut the zucchini into strips, drizzle the pieces with olive oil and top with lots of Parmesan. After baking in the oven you broil them for a bit and they come out so crispy and cheesy and just plain amazing. This is my favorite recipe for Parmesan Zucchini.
Well there you go, those are two of my favorite recipes for zucchini. One sweet, one salty, and both so different that you can have the Parmesan Zucchini with dinner and the Zucchini Bread for dessert, and still not be sick of zucchini at the end of the day.
How did you like these recipes? And do you have a favorite zucchini recipe? Let us know in the comments!
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