Posted by: gdevi | July 30, 2015

Weapons grade Zucchini

If you are like me and have a small kitchen garden, you would know the invasive manner in which the zucchini plants overtake every other plant in your garden. I love zucchini and so I plant about 3 plants each year and even that usually ends up with way too many zucchinis when the fruiting season begins; by August end, we have zucchinis coming out of our ears. Even though I try to stake them and put a little fence around them, they always manage to squish my other plants, just the tiniest bit.

Because of the way things are in that little garden, I sometimes do not see all the zucchinis that come up and every year I end up with one or two of these enormous weapons grade zucchinis. I check every other day, but they manage to hide under the leaves tucked away in a corner and grow and grow until you gasp while you are weeding and say, “oh no!” They remind me of the club of Hercules or a Samson. You can theoretically drop it on someone’s head and break their neck.

I picked one this morning.

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Before you toss it into the compost heap as inedible, here is a good way to prepare these Herculean zucchinis.

Cut them into half and cut them again until you can handle them in small pieces. weapongradezucchini2

Scoop out the seeds and peel off the skin; usually, zucchini skin is very good for you since it is pure fiber ( and zucchini has relatively high carbs for a vegetable so you want to keep the fiber in it). Weapons grade zucchini skin is hard and bitter, so feel no qualm in shedding this skin.

Dice the zucchini into small pieces about a quarter inch thick.

Dice cucumbers, tomatoes and green or red bell peppers to the same thickness.

Dice and add an avocado to the mixture.

Mix all the diced vegetables together. Add about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add salt and pepper. Add some parsley from your garden, maybe dill. Add a cup of feta cheese. Drizzle with olive oil. Mix everything well. The weapons grade zucchini in this combination tastes almost like a root vegetable, like rutabaga or turnip. Not bad at all. And it is very healthy for you. Eat it with some shrimp, or perhaps an oily fish like mackerel for a quick healthy lunch.

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