Zucchini for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Summer is in full swing here on the east end of Long Island.  You can tell by the traffic, crowded beaches, and of course the farm stands are as busy as ever!  Summer is my favorite season for many reasons, but as an avid vegetable lover the summer veggies are up there on the list!

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So what will you find at the moment if you stop by the Krupski Farms stand?  Right now at the stand we have many of your favorite summer crops including and not limited to tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and beets!  We also have an abundance of zucchini, which happens to be located right outside my own back door!

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During the months the farm is producing, my fiancé and I use what is available to us on the farm. Instead of heading to the grocery shop for my produce, I head out into the field or to the stand and grab whatever vegetables are in season at the farm!  The fun part is finding ways to incorporate what I pick into our daily meals.

Since I rely solely on the vegetables from the farm during the summer and fall months, things can get repetitive and I love finding new and creative ways to cook with them!  At the moment, zucchini has been on our table everyday for the last few weeks, and I have yet to get sick of it!  The reason being, there are so many delicious ways to make it! Today I’ll share with you my 3 favorite recipes that I have created for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Breakfast: Zucchini Scramble

As we all know this is the most important meal of the day, and I make sure to never skip it! I try to incorporate a veggie or fruit into my breakfast ever day and lately that vegetable has been zucchini.  This recipe has become my go to breakfast this month!

What you will need:

1/2 cup zucchini chopped

1/4 cup onion diced

1 small tomato diced

1 clove garlic minced

3 egg whites

1 whole egg

salt (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

1 dash Mrs Dash garlic and herb  (optional)

feta cheese (optional)

1:Spray a small frying pan with non stick spray (I used Trader Joes coconut oil nonstick) and heat over medium heat.

2: Add chopped zucchini to pan and cook for about 2 minutes, or until begins to soften.

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3: Add diced onion to pan and mix with zucchini. Cook until zucchini begins to brown, and onions become translucent.

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4: Throw in the minced garlic. Let sweat for about 1 minute.

IMG_02115: Now add the tomato, and sauté for about 30 second. You don’t want to over cook the tomato.

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6: Add your egg mixture and start scrambling!  If you’re choosing to add cheese, make sure to add it while the eggs are still a little runny but almost done!

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7: Enjoy with a piece of toast with butter (or my favorite, coconut oil and a sprinkle of salt) and a large cup of coffee!

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Feel free to add whatever cheeses you prefer, and of course you can use whole eggs instead of egg whites!

Lunch: Balsamic Marinated Grilled Zuchinni

Now this recipe is a side dish. It has become the most requested vegetable dish this summer by my fiancé.  If you love a sweet and tangy dish, this is for you!

IMG_9683What you’ll need:

3-4 zucchini (sliced thin long ways)

a little over 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tbs olive oil

1 tbs agave (or honey)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

1: In a large mixing bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper.

2: Add zucchini and toss.

3: Cover and refrigerate for about 30 min to an hour ( the longer the better).

4: Throw it on the grill, turning over once and enjoy once thoroughly cooked!

Enjoy them on the side of you favorite lunch!

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Dinner: Oodles of Zoodles

This has to be one of the most delicious ways to eat a zucchini! I had been dying to try this, and when my girlfriend told me she had bought a spiralizer I jumped at the chance to make it!

What you’ll need:

A spiralizer or Vegetti

1 zucchini (per person)

1 tbs olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

marinara sauce

This couldnt be any simpler!

1: Spiralize your zucchini into delicious pasta strings

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2: Over medium heat, sauté your zoodles with salt and pepper for 5 min.

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3: Add marinara, meat balls, cheese or any other topping you may desire and devour!

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Again, there are so many other ways to enjoy zucchini, like zucchini salad, lasagna, with hummus, etc.; however, these are my top 3 favorite dishes! So next time you find yourself at the stand looking at the zucchini and saying “What the heck am I gonna cook with this?”, make sure to try one of these bad boys out! Hope you all found this helpful! Happy cooking!

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