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Monday, September 4, 2017

30+ Zucchini Recipes

Has your garden blessed you with a huge supply of zucchini, and you don't know what in the world you're going to do with it all? Then you've come to the right place, because I'm sharing 30+ Zucchini Recipes that I've found.

From breakfast to dessert, there's a zucchini recipe for that. Try a few of them and before you know it, all of your zucchini will be gone, and you'll be looking for more.

30+ Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini Muffins - Simply Recipes

Zucchini Pancakes - Two Peas and Their Pod

Zucchini Waffles - The Perfect Pantry

Zucchini Fritters - Just a Taste

Zucchini, Cheddar Cheese & Chive Buttermilk Quick Bread - A Pretty Life

Baked Zucchini Fries - Budget Bytes

Baked Zucchini Chips - A Spicy Perspective

Fresh Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Salad - Recipe Girl

Zucchini Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce - Vintage Mixer

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto - Two Peas and Their Pod

Peanut Sesame Noodles - Carlsbad Cravings

Zucchini Pizza Bites - The Comfort of Cooking

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats - Will Cook For Smiles

Zucchini Lasagna - Skinny Taste

Taco Zucchini Quinoa Casserole - Ilona's Passion

Crockpot Italian Zucchini Casserole-Mostly Homemade Mom

Cheesy Zucchini Rice-Buns In My Oven

Brown Butter Zucchini Coffee Cake - Two Peas and Their Pod

Zucchini Cobbler Bars - Taste and Tell

Best Ever Zucchini Bread-A Dash of Sanity

Cinnamon Swirl Zucchini Bread - Delightful E Made

Chocolate Zucchini Bread - The Recipe Critic

Lemon Zucchini Cake-Mom On Timeout

Cream Cheese Frosted Zucchini Cake - Chocolate With Grace

Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting - Julie's Eats & Treats

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake - Our Best Bites

Zucchini Relish - The Farm Wife

Zucchini Hummus - Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Pickled Zucchini (No Canning Required)-Creative Homemaking

Zucchini Tips

  • No need to peel zucchini, shred it skin and all to use in recipes. The color adds a beautiful touch to the finished product. (The only exception is if the zucchini is old, and has developed a tough skin).
  • Zucchini should be stored in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator, and will last 3-5 days. Leave zucchini loose, or store in a paper sack. Plastic bags can trap moisture and make the skin slimy.
  • Zucchini can be shredded and frozen for later use. Once thawed it will have a lot of water, so squeeze the water out before adding it to your recipes.

30+ Zucchini Recipes

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Onions - Refrigerator Pickles

Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Onions takes slices of cucumbers and onions, and wraps them in a light and refreshing dressing. It makes for a crunchy and slightly sweet salad, that's perfect for the hot days of summer.

I first learned of this tasty dish back in the early 80's, when my sister-in-law brought it to a cookout we were having. I was hooked after just one bite, and couldn't believe how easy it was to make, when I asked her for the recipe.

Garden fresh cucumbers and sweet onions are thinly sliced, then marinated in a simple vinegar and water solution, with a touch of sugar, garlic, and salt added. That's it, no cooking involved. Just make sure not to skip the marinating step in the refrigerator. You want them to chill for at least an hour, but they are even better if left overnight.

Serve them as a side dish at your next cookout, or with burgers and sandwiches. They're the perfect compliment to your summer meals.




2 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced
1 small sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste (optional)


In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, water, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper, if using, until well blended.
Add cucumber and onion, and toss well to coat.
Allow to chill for at least one hour in the fridge, for the flavors to mingle.

*Cooks Note: This recipe is totally customizable. Like your pickles with a little more zip? Use one cup of vinegar instead of 1/2 cup. Like em sweet? Add another tablespoon or two of sugar. I prefer mine without pepper, but if you'd like them to have a little bit of a kick, make sure to add the black pepper, or even red pepper flakes to taste!



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*This recipe was first published in July 2011 and was rewritten and updated in August 2017. It’s still one of my favorite ways of enjoying garden fresh cucumbers!

Friday, August 18, 2017

25 Instant Pot Recipes and a Giveaway!

If you’re new to the Instant Pot Tribe, congrats and welcome! The Instant Pot is a fabulous appliance, that cuts your cooking time to almost nothing. It's perfect for busy schedules, and helps get food on the table fast for our hungry families.

Just how fast is it? You can cook a whole chicken in about 30 minutes! How's that for fast? Don't stop there though, you can cook just about anything in an Instant Pot, even dessert! Check out my roundup of recipes below, and join the tribe.

Psst! Don't forget about the giveaway, you'll find it further into the post. :)

If you don't have one of these amazing Instant Pots yet, now's your chance to get one! I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this BLOGGER SPONSORED giveaway of an Instant Pot Duo60 6QT 7 in 1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Giveaway

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Mellisa of Mel Claire
Linda and Christina from 2 Cookin' Mamas

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