Tag Archives: Zucchini

Inspiralized!

Last week, I showed you this pasta salad that contained NO pasta – instead it contained zucchini!  I am totally amazed how GOOD this salad tasted!  Here is another photo of it, if you missed my post, here.

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I had so much fun spiralizing my zucchini for this salad!  I’m now INSPIRALIZED!

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I love this cookbook by Ali Maffucci – she also has a blog, Inspiralized.com

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The recipe I adapted from her cookbook:

For the salad – Prepare in a large bowl:

2-3 medium zucchini  Note:  slice the zucchini about 1/2 inch through on opposite sides before spiralizing – I used the largest blade but any size would work – this just gives your “pasta” a half-moon shape.

1 cup artichoke hearts – I used whole ones in a can as I find them to be the most tender and then I cut them up.

One handful of cherry tomatoes, halved – I don’t measure these but use what I like.

1 cup diced sweet peppers – I used mini orange, red and yellow ones that I had in a bag.

1/4 cup of pepperoncini diced – the recipe called for red onion but I didn’t have any.

1/2 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese – the recipe called for Provolone

3/4 cup diced salami

1/3 cup whole black olives, sliced in half

For the Salad Dressing – Whisk in a separate bowl:

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or a mixture of dried oregano, basil and parsley

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Combine the dressing with the salad ingredients.  Toss to combine.  Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes – I did 2 hours for the zucchini to soften.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy!  🙂

Creative Courgettes

According to Wikipedia, Courgette is French for Zucchini!

A friend recently gave me a large Zucc – 11 inches in length:

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I hope to make Gluten-Free Zucchini bread with it.   🙂

It got me thinking about how versatile this vegetable is – so I created a poem to go with some Zucchini inspired art:

Zucchini Bread                                                                                                          Cookies and cake                                                                                                                  Is there anything –                                                                                                           This veggie cannot make?

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Pizza and noodles                                                                                                      Omelets galore                                                                                                                  This vegetable is never                                                                                                      Ever a bore!

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A stir fry perhaps?                                                                                                            Maybe a Quiche?                                                                                                                It’s versatile uses  –                                                                                                               Are very unique!

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It shreds, it fries –                                                                                                         Chops and it blends                                                                                                             It seems to me,                                                                                                                   It’s bounty never ends!

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Happy Cooking Creatively!  🙂