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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Cooking on a Budget: OAMC, Make Ahead, Freezing & More / 1/2 bushel of zucchini for $4.00!!! What now?
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    1/2 bushel of zucchini for $4.00!!! What now?

    Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:45 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Ok, so I recently acquired LOTS of farmer's market surplus. For a whopping eight dollars I got 1/2 bushel of cucumbers (which I'm going to try to make pickles out of) and 1/2 bushel fo mixed squash - zucchini and yellow crooknecks.

    Any ideas? We're not huge squash eaters, but are trying to use what's cheap and nutritious, as the food budget is limited.

    Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:42 pm
    Forum Host
    Well, you can grate some and freeze as is in ziploc bags. Great for making zucchini bread, muffins, etc.
    Here is my squash cookbook, maybe something will appeal. I LOVE zucchini. Unfortunately, I am the only one in my family who does! icon_rolleyes.gif
    Veggies: Squash
    Lucky you! Our zucchini has been pitiful around here this summer.
    Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:42 pm Groupie
    Here are a couple recipes for you to try.

    I don't know if this freezes after cooking but Yellow Squash With Onions and Parmesan can be made with frozen squash (Slice and blanch first. Then squeeze out excess water before cooking).

    This can't be made with frozen squash, but may freeze successfully for reheating. Tricolor Summer Squash on the Grill

    This uses either fresh or frozen squash, Italian Sausage Pot. People who aren't especially fond of squash will often enjoy it when included in this kind of mixed dish. Same for Un-Spaghetti -- spaghetti sauce is a great way to make less favored veggies more palatable. Both of these should freeze but take precautions against overcooking.
    Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:43 am Groupie
    Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:28 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Wow..thanks. I'll have to print some of these out and give 'em a whirl

    Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:55 am Groupie
    May I recommend Zucchini Coconut Bread. It freezes wonderfully, too!
    Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:04 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I found quite a few recipes for lasagna that use zucchini instead of lasagna noodles-haven't tried any yet but I can't wait too icon_smile.gif
    Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:25 pm Groupie
    I often freeze grated zucchini and yellow squash ( I saute lightly first to remove some of the excess moisture). When thawed, I use in recipes like these

    Zucchini Pancakes
    Hide the Zucchini
    Zucchini Pancakes
    Zucchini Slice

    or saute with onions and toss with skinny pasta, like linguine

    or add a handful to your favorite pasta sauce (great way to boost your vege intake)

    Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:02 pm Groupie
    I always figured these would freeze just fine, though I've never done it:

    Martian Cookies (Zucchini & lots of other stuff!)
    My Lower Fat Martian Cookies
    Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:09 pm Groupie
    I just came across this one and thought it would be a very different way to use your squash. I've never tried it, I just thought it sounded good.

    Zucchini Hash Browns
    Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:27 am Groupie
    This is delicious!!!!! Mock Apple Pie made with Zucchini
    Mock Apple Pie made with Zucchini
    Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:35 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    First of all, GREAT JOB ON THAT ONE! What a deal!

    Next, I love zucchini lasangna...have you ever tried it? It's very good. You can make it with oor without noodles. It's certainly healthy!icon_smile.gif
    Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:18 pm Groupie
    Grilled Veggies, I just cut zucchini, peppers, onions, mushrooms, tossed with a little olive oil, and McCormick Roasted Garlic and Peppers Seasoning, toss into a grill wok and cook beside meat, for us we like chicken. I usually make extras to freeze and hubby mixes them with chicken for a cooked inside dish that tastes grilled.
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