Zucchini!

So a couple of days ago I had about 15 yummy looking organic zucchini from our local co-op that I knew I needed to do something with or they were going to go bad. I tried to take pictures but the kids kept wanting to take their own pictures or have me take pictures of them!

I figured I could grate & freeze some of the zucchini to use later, which I did successfully! but I knew some would need to be used now. Enter my handy cookbooks and the internet!

I needed something for dinner that night so I looked at the ingredients I had on hand and looked at our crock-pot, since that would allow me to keep using the rest of the zucchini…and voila! Crock-pot Turkey Enchiladas! I grated the zucchini large, but no one even knew it was there! Every time I make this it’s a hit…sometimes a miss with our son, but a hit with everyone else! I added the zucchini in while the turkey mixture was cooking…I also used yogurt instead of sour cream since that’s what I had.

Then I used the grated zucchini in place of spinach in our oft used New-Fashioned Meatloaf recipe from The Biggest Loser cookbook…I also substitute Tomato Sauce for the Ketchup since it’s less expensive and contains much less sugar & carbs, naturally! It worked wonderfully! The kids ate it even better than normal! Since I have quite a bit of ground turkey breast, it was on sale, I made a double recipe and froze one meatloaf for another night. Tonight I used a bit of the left over meatloaf, warmed it on the stove with some spaghetti sauce and served it over pasta…another hit with the kids! and so easy for me since it was basically all made.

Of course I then thought of dessert…who wouldn’t?! For this I made Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins! I used a micro-plane to grate the zucchini to minimize the green factor, I also used Rapadura instead of Brown Sugar, and Applesauce for half of the Vegetable Oil. I usually substitute Coconut Oil for Vegetable Oil, but as this recipe was new to me I decided to hold off.
The muffins were soooooo fudgy tasting and yummy!! The kids kept asking for “cake”!

All in all a successful zucchini day!

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Having fun learning!

A few weeks ago on Passionatehomemaking.com there was a giveaway for a preschool curriculum that I was excited about…so I entered…and didn’t win. But, I did get a discount on the curriculum and we’re loving it!

It’s called Learn Your Letters…Learn to Serve
and I don’t just like it because there’s “…” in the title!

My son has known his letters since he was 2, thanks mostly to Starfall.comand lots of reading, I felt that this would be good at really rooting the concepts he’s learned as we move onto reading, as well as start to teach my daughter her ABC’s. More than that though, I wanted help in focusing on serving others. Service to others and a humble spirit has been on my heart lately as I pray for the kids. I feel that we’ve become such a self centered society and we don’t want that for our kids. So that service aspect was a huge reason I chose to get this curriculum. And I LOVE it! Each week focuses on a different letter and associated projects to do with that letter….so letter “A” has songs, a verse, crafts, things to bake, devotional, ways to serve or show love/compassion…all kinds of fun things!

So far this week we’ve painted pictures with animal sponges, although they didn’t resemble animals by the end! while singing the “A” song and working on the verse…Made cards for the staff around Camp for everyone who’s name starts with “A” then rode around delivering them…and made a collage of pictures or words we found in magazines that start with “A”. Today we’re going to work on writing the letter “A”, then pack some Apples and go on an Adventure! Both of the kids have been enjoying it!

I really appreciate all of the different ideas for things to do and again, LOVE the emphasis on serving!