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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:16 p.m.

Zucchini bounty means shred and bread

By Jim and Janice Leach


Vintage Saladmaster in action

Janice Leach | Contributor

A couple of days ago, I had two huge zucchini still hanging around. My plan was to shred them. I was just waiting for some inspiration.

I complained to Jim that I wasn’t excited about the prospect of shredding all that zucchini, and he directed my attention to a mysterious kitchen object that we inherited some years ago and promptly stored unused in our basement. The promise of a task made easier was enough motivation for me to dig it out to give it a try.

I didn’t know what to call this device, but some quick research on the internet revealed that we own a vintage Saladmaster food processor. Very easy to assemble and use, it made relatively quick and easy work of my lingering zucchini and for that I was pleased.

zucchini for freezer.jpg

Janice Leach | Contributor

Unlike many gardeners, we have never had a zucchini bounty to contend with--until this year. In the past, we’ve averaged maybe one zucchini per plant-- nothing to get alarmed about! This year, the zucchini just kept coming. I don’t know what we did right to make our plants so happy, but I’m afraid we have to chalk it up to part of the mystery that is gardening.

We enjoyed some delicate zucchini dishes with small, tender zucchini stir-fried among veggies eaten over rice or saute with a pasta sauce. A few zucchini managed to hide themselves under those huge leaves or otherwise elude us until we had a whale on our hands.

Fortunately, we discovered a zucchini bread recipe that we really like. The tasty loaves disappeared almost as quickly as banana bread so the recipe is a keeper. I’ve frozen 2 cup freezer bags of shredded zucchini to keep us in zucchini bread all winter long.

Zucchini Bread
(adapted from a low carb zucchini bread recipe from the Livestrong website)

2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup almond flour
1/2 cup pecan meal
3/4 cup unbleached white flour
1 scoop whey protein powder
1 teaspoon salt

1. In a large bowl, beat eggs.
2. Add oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet, mixing well.
5. Pour into a prepared loaf pan.
6. Bake at 350 F for about 60 minutes. Test center with a clean knife to make sure its done.

Cool, slice and enjoy.

Janice and Jim Leach tend a backyard plot in downtown Ann Arbor, where they try to grow as many vegetables and other plants as possible. For the last four years, they've published gardening tips, photos and stories at their 20 Minute Garden website.