10 ways to use up all that zucchini

Here are ten ways my family has eaten zucchini in the past three weeks. All kid-tested, Owlhaven approved. Let’s do it Letterman-style, saving the best til last.

10. Pasta salad (something like this) except with tri-color pasta, cubed cheese and cubed raw zucchini. Perfect for a picnic.

9. Cubed raw zucchini all on its own, served with salad dressing. Easy and yummy. It is OK to use a big zucchini for this, but scrape away all seeds and soft insides, and just use the firm outer flesh.

8. Korean hamburger zucchini stir-fry

7. Omelets with minced zucchini, mushrooms, and cheese.

6. Zucchini cakes ala Pioneer Woman’s friend Ryan

5. Zucchini bread

4. Grilled beef, zucchini, carrots and potatoes (like this) I boil the carrots and potatoes for just a few minutes before putting them on the grill pan with the zucchini. Cook the meat on a separate grill pan until cooked through. Then combine with veggies. This recipe disappears like lightening!

3. Pasta with zucchini ala Pioneer Woman.

2.Chocolate zucchini cake. This recipe is excellent.

1. Our very favorite way to eat zucchini is simple. Dip in egg, then coat in flour, salt lightly, and fry in hot oil. Yum! I am planning on trying this oven-baked version soon, as I feel a trifle guilty at the fat content of my version.

I’d love to hear what you do with excess zucchini. This week we decided to start feeding the biggest zucchinis to our cow– that way we can eventually convert zucchini to beef!

Hamburger Zucchini Stir-fry

A Korean friend of mine shared this recipe with me. It is perfect for summertime when you are overrun with zucchini.

Hamburger Zucchini Stir-fry

Cooked rice
1 lb. hamburger
2 c. diced zucchini
2 tbsp. oil (sesame oil is best but olive is fine too)
1/2 c. diced onion
1/2 c. diced green pepper (optional)
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic
chow mein noodles (optional)

Start a pot of rice cooking. (If you own a rice cooker, it is so much easier!) Dice zucchini and toss in a bowl with a teaspoon of salt. In a few minute’s time the salt will draw some of the water out of the zucchini. Dice onion and green pepper. Fry hamburger with garlic, onion and green pepper. Once hamburger is brown, drain off excess oil. Drain any water that has collected in bowl with the zucchini. Add zucchini and soy sauce into skillet with hamburger. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste (but remember, zucchini will have taken up some of the salt as it released water in the bowl before cooking, so taste before salting). Serve over rice and sprinkle with chow mein noodles if desired.

This meal cooks up in 30 minutes or less and will serve 4-6 people.