Got zucchini? I don’t, cos I didn’t plant any, but I will next year. Luckily I have a local source with plenty of good ones that are also inexpensive. I’ve learned two new ways to use them that I like.
That little white gadget is called a Veggetti, and you can search on line and find them everywhere. I got mine at Walmart. http://www.walmart.com/ip/As-Seen-on-TV-Veggetti-White/34334458 It makes spiral sliced veggies, almost like spaghetti. I like to use it to make spirals of zucchini, and saute that with maybe a little real cooked spaghetti, tomatoes, shrimp, chicken, anything you wold put in a pasta dish, garlic of course, in an olive oil sauce. It’s not a machine for big jobs, but a cute little gadget to make enough for one or two people, and machines of different kinds are around for bigger jobs. Here’s a shot of some with carrots and onions.
There’s another good use for zucchini that I recently tried for the first time. A blogger I follow mentioned dehydrated zucchini chips. I had read about them before but never tried making any, although I’ve had dried veggie chips of different kinds and liked them. Her blog hit me at just the right time, (thanks Sam!) when I was starting to think of dehydrating things to put away, and zucchini are plentiful now. I tried them and they are very good! You can sprinkle different flavorings on them and still not have many calories or much sodium in a tasty snack. These have a powdered spinach soup mix sprinkled on them. My dehydrator has only one heat setting and they dry in there in about 5 hours, sliced between 1/8 and 1/4″. Love that dehydrator; here’s a blog I wrote about it last year. This item works exactly as the company that makes it says it will and products like that are wonderful. https://sarasinart.net/2013/01/03/nesco-food-dehydrator/
My extremely sharp mandolin slicer is another useful kitchen thing. It was a gift from a friend last year, who also offered to buy me band aids for Christmas, lol. I’m very careful with that thing. If you have one you know how quick it can make even slices of any veggies. I could never get them that evenly sliced to dehydrate using a knife.
Grow on, cook on, preserve stuff if you can, and eat healthy!