Dealing with a Zucchini Surplus? Try These Easy Ideas

Zucchinis Whether you grow your own garden or tend to pick up fresh local produce at farmer's markets, it's difficult to miss the Zucchini surplus of late summer and early fall. These prolific squash are easy to grow and fun to...

Zucchinis
Zucchinis

Whether you grow your own garden or tend to pick up fresh local produce at farmer's markets, it's difficult to miss the Zucchini surplus of late summer and early fall. These prolific squash are easy to grow and fun to cook with, but it's easy for the busy cook to quickly become overwhelmed.

If you're being overrun by zucchini and are considering abandoning them on your neighbor's doorsteps, take heart! We've got several easy ways to use up your extra zucchini quickly and easily, without resorting to such drastic actions.

Zucchini Lasagna: For a healthier twist on an Italian favorite, replace lasagna noodles with zucchini squash. Slice the zucchini thinly, lengthwise, then sprinkle it with salt and allow it to sit for ten minutes. Blot off any moisture with a paper towel, then grill or boil the slices and use them in your favorite lasagna recipe in place of traditional noodles.

Zucchini Lasagna
Zucchini Lasagna

Pizza Snacks: If you enjoy mini pizzas made on English muffins or bagels, try substituting thickly sliced zucchini rounds for a healthy change. These lower carbohydrate snacks add a serving of vegetables to your daily intake, while reducing the amount of squash piling up on your kitchen counters. Another great idea are zucchini chips. So simple, healthy and delicious! Try this recipe!

Prepare for Winter: While you're struggling to rid yourself of excess zucchini now, you may find yourself craving it during the long, dark winter days. If you enjoy baking with zucchini, but don't enjoy out of season produce prices, consider processing your excess bounty now in preparation for winter cooking. Use a food processor to shred zucchini, either peeled or unpeeled, then freeze it in one to two cup increments. When you're ready to use your stored squash, simply thaw and drain off any excess liquid, then add to your recipe.

Don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed by extra seasonal produce. Instead, contact us or read along to learn more easy cooking strategies.