I'm using up the last of the zucchini this week, finally. And by last of the zucchini, I mean the last of the zucchini that I haven't yet frozen. See, here's the problem with freezing zucchini. Zucchini is so prolific that, by the time one navigates through the fresh zucchini season, one is typically all zucchini-ed out.
I mean, I made bread, and muffins, and noodles, and soup, and meatballs, and pizza crust. I put zucchini in spaghetti sauce. I skewered and grilled it. I, and my family, ate a lot of zucchini this summer, but we still couldn't keep up with production. So I froze the extra. I have nineteen two cup portions of shredded zucchini in my freezer (maybe more? I kind of lost count), which, you know, doesn't sound like a lot. If we make muffins once a week, it'll only last about four months.
But we are not going to be making zucchini muffins once a week. Because I have been making zucchini muffins once a week for the past four months. I am done with zucchini. Bring on the pumpkin, the bananas, the apples. By the time I am ready to eat zucchini again, it is likely that there will be fresh zucchini available from my garden.
Anyway, due to the amount of zucchini already in my freezer, I am determined to use this one fresh. Here we go!
Here's what's on the menu this week:
- Pulled chicken sandwiches, rolls, coleslaw, carrots
- Pancakes, bacon, fruit
- Nachos with fresh veggies
- Pizza (crust, sauce) or zucchini crust pizza, salad, cake (frosting) & ice cream
- Meat sauce with angel hair or zucchini noodles, green beans, garlic bread
- Fend for yourself/leftovers
- Hot beef sandwiches, rolls, broccoli
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