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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Local produce…

It’s the season!!

I’m sitting here compiling a produce share spreadsheet for my local coop…(a work at home way for me to get volunteer hours towards a larger discount!)…thinking about all the yummy local produce that’s becoming available now with all the farmers markets opening and sometimes through your local grocery stores!

Buying locally, especially through farmers markets or farms…
1) Saves Money!Since you’re not paying for packaging and for the produce to be shipped to the stores.
2) Gives you fresher, more nutrient dense veg & fruit!The produce is usually picked that morning then goes right to you.
3) A great way to get your kids out and interested in all the many kinds of veg & fruit out there!Farmers markets most often have a wider variety than the grocery stores. They are so colorful!
4) Supports your community!

Buying locally can also let you stock up on items such as berries and tomatoes for canning or freezing…you can usually get great discounts for buying bulk flats or larger. When you can or freeze your food yourself, you know what you’re getting and you don’t have to wonder if BPA really leaks through the linings of the tins of tomatoes from the store!

Here are some local farmers markets…
Olympia
Puyallup I went to this for the first time last year…WOW!!
Puyallup
Tacoma Their website has free printable activities for your kids while shopping!

Happy marketing!