The Normanator took command of our trusty old Saladmaster machine and after we had peeled a monster zuke, he chopped a batch …
And froze half a dozen bags:
This is not a glamor job nor is it brain surgery but it is wonderful to have this in our freezer!
SIDEBAR: You don’t need a fancy, high priced machine to chop these babies! If you have a food processor, that will work. If you have a box grater, that’s good for this project. Help your children learn safe methods for peeling the veg, if you feel that’s appropriate, and the older youngsters can CAREFULLY use the box grater with adult supervision. END SIDEBAR.
Zucchini can be used in so many ways and they all save money!
*Who does not love great ways of S T R E T C H I N G their food dollars?
We love to add it to stir fry dishes, fresh veggie salads, and for stretching leftover stews or soups. My favorite use of zucchini, though, is to peel and chop it to cook with potatoes. When you mash potatoes that have been in the ‘hot tub’ with zucchini, NO ONE will ever know those guys were there! Add a bit of butter and milk to the mashed beauties and it will look and taste 100% like “smashed” taters! Another idea: Add some grated zukes to your spaghetti sauce!
Another great use of zukes is to wash and cut the smaller to medium sized ones in half, LENGTHWISE. Scoop out the seeds, leaving a hollow and place them on a greased baking sheet. You can fill that little opening with pieces of onion, celery, carrot and drizzle a bit of cooking oil over each little “boat”. Season them with salt and pepper and garlic, if you have some. Slide them into a 375* oven until the veg is tender. When they come out of the oven you can sprinkle a bit of cheese over the tops and let that melt. That’s really a meal in itself. Add a few biscuits; serve fruit for dessert and you have a delicious, tummy pleasing menu for those you love best!
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