A COOL Use for All That Zucchini

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Does overabundance anxiety disorder exist?  I have this thing about not wasting good food.  And while I am always extremely grateful when I have a full fridge, I also experience a sense of unease when I’ve got too much perishable food at once.   So, when my zucchini were growing inches overnight and friendly neighbors were bringing over zucchini from their own gardens, panic began to creep in as my zucchini collection multiplied and filled my crisper bin.

There are only so many nights in a row you can eat zoodles (spirilized zucchini), grilled zucchini or sliced sautéed zucchini.  There must be another way to use up all these zucchinis and not let them go to waste!

My solution:  Chop them up and freeze them for smoothies.  They have a neutral flavor and add a creaminess that can replace frozen bananas.  Bonus:  You get a hidden vegetable in your delicious drink.  I suppose you could use them in place of ice for just about any kind of smoothie but so far I’ve only made this chocolate one.

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I sliced them into rounds and then quartered the rounds before freezing.

Almost this entire bowlful went into this drink!

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Zucchini Coconut Date Shake

  • 2 1/2 cups (more or less) frozen chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (canned)
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 T chia seeds

Add all ingredients to a blender and whizz away until smooth.  The more frozen zucchini you add, the thicker your shake.  Adjust to your own liking.

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The chia seeds were a last minute addition.  When you buy jumbo sized containers of things at BJs like I do, you tend to find creative ways to use them.  If you don’t have chia seeds, you don’t need them to make a smoothie– but eat them once in a while since they are good for you!

 

 

 

That’s a nice feature of smoothies– you can sneak in all kinds of healthy ingredients.  I love the combo of ginger and chocolate so I added a chunk of peeled, fresh ginger root.  Play around with using zucchini as your base but invent your own drink.  Maybe try almond milk, dates and peanut butter if you don’t like coconut and chocolate.

I’d love to hear about any frozen zucchini-shakes you make!

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“The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables. At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt.”  Dave Barry

 

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