Enjoying Zucchini Year Round

Most of us get our fill of zucchini during the summer months as it’s so plentiful.  If you’ve planted some in your garden, you know that many times you’re trying to figure out ways to use this veggie because of the abundance of the crop when it reaches harvest.  But there are ways to take advantage of zucchini so that you can enjoy it throughout the year, especially during those months when they are scarce at your local supermarket (and the few you find are a far cry from the ones you’ll find in season, when they are at their peak of flavor).
Pickles …that’s right, Dill Zucchini Pickles!  You can make pickles using fresh zucchini spears and they are incredibly delicious.  You’ll use the same sterilization for your jars as you would any canning/jarring recipe.  You’ll create a pickle brine from cooking water, white vinegar, salt and sugar.  You’ll stuff your jars with sliced zucchini, fresh dill, and garlic.  Ladle the brine into the jars stuffed with zucchini and cap, leaving 1/4 of room at the top.  Boil the jars for 10 minutes.  You can keep these pickles for up to a year or two (be sure to label).
dill zucchini pickles
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Zucchini Relish is a terrific topping for hot dogs, hamburgers, or sandwiches.  For this recipe you’ll use ground zucchini, ground white onion, salt, white vinegar, sugar, pepper, celery salt, nutmeg, dry mustard, turmeric, and cornstarch.  The key to this recipe is to let the zucchini, onion, and salt sit in the refrigerator overnight.  The next day you’ll rinse the veggies twice before adding the remaining ingredients and bringing to a boil.  Reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Add the relish to sterilized jars or you also have the option of adding to an unsterilized jar, which you can place in the refrigerator for up to a week.
zucchini relish
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The Best Healthy Zucchini Bread can be made now and placed in the freezer so you can enjoy it in the months ahead.  This delicious bread is only 100 calories per slice!  This recipe calls for whole wheat flour or an almond meal/coconut flour mix, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract, molasses, grated zucchini, and almond milk.  Enjoy this bread at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
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Have a terrific week and if you love peaches, you’ll definitely want to check back next Monday for some great recipes!
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