Prolific gardeners just keep harvesting the abundant crops of zucchini squashes and this time of year we may have wearied of the breads and stir fry uses of them. Still, they must be used and Mother Connie is always on the hunt for new ideas for them to take their place at the dinner table!
Zucchinis are such a help to those who use public assistance to fund their food budgets. If you are a holder of an EBT card for WIC or SNAP or if you get things from a food drop, food pantry, use food commodities or are simply living on a dime, the chances are good that you have easy access to zucchini at this time of year.
The idea I want to share with you today is best used with small squashes… yellow summer squash or zucchinis will be ideal BUT if all you have are the larger ones it would be good to scoop out the centers and dispose of the seeds.
You may scrub the skin well or peel the little darlings. The best thing is to USE that skin, for that’s where the enzymes live that help your body to digest and utilize the nutrition it’s getting. But if the skin is off-putting, just peel away.
Slice the squash VERY VERY THINLY and place into a bowl. Sprinkle some salt over the veg and then drizzle vegetable oil over it – just enough oil to moisten it nicely. Let the bowl sit on your kitchen counter for about 20 minutes, giving the salt time to draw out the moisture in the zukes. You can add pepper, too, just to add a bit of zest. It’s ready to eat at that point but if you plan to eat it later, it can hang out in your refrigerator.
Now, let’s visit about OIL. I prefer olive oil for this but you may only have some other type. Please rest assured that the Kitchen Kops do not give a hoot about how you choose your oils. I would caution against the use of corn or canola oil because of genetic modification concerns. The GMO foods are extremely unhealthy choices.
SIDEBAR: You know as well as Mother Connie that when you are making every effort to survive on public assistance, you take what you are offered and you are grateful to have food at all! We GET that. END SIDEBAR.
Part of the fun of beginning each work day in the Club House is looking to see the new Members who have joined and will get our little series of cooking tips. We are so happy to have you here; we exist to help you manage your food dollars and we have every intention to be helpful. That’s only cuz we love you.
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