How to cook with Zucchini
Today I made whipped mashed potatoes with a zucchini gravy and pan fried chicken breast cooked in lemon juice with caramelized onion slices on top. It was delicious, healthy and had your well balanced plate put in order. Every plate should have 1 serving of starch, 1 serving of your green veggie and 1 serving of your meat. Here on my husbands health and fitness blog you can learn more about creating the perfect balanced plate.
Creating your vegetable into a sauce is an excellent way of getting more vegetables in fewer bites. For instance. My husband is a enthusiast, but one of the few vegetables he dislikes is zucchini. So what I did here was I made the zucchini into a gravy to eat along with the mashed potatoes. He ate it and didn't even notice that it was zucchini. I told him afterwards but he didn't mind because it didn't have that texture and taste of a zucchini that he dislikes. This is perfect for eliminating those unnecessary extra calories associated with gravy. Make your own homemade vegetable gravy.
I also made the zucchini into a similar sauce and used it inside of a shepherds pie instead of using a tomato sauce of a white sauce. There is your extra serving of vegetable right there with a great taste that doesn't compromise the taste of the dish.
Pinch of salt
How its done:
Whether it be for zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower. Whatever vegetable you choose to use. Simply cut it up and throw it in a pot with very little water on the bottom, cover the veggies a little less than half way in water, sprinkle a little salt on top and boil on medium high heat for about 20 minutes or until your vegetables are very soft. Set aside and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Throw your vegetable and the little bit of water remaining in the pot into a blender and blend well until smooth, if it needs too be a bit thinner add a little more water. There you have your gravy. For a flavored gravy, use a bit of chicken stock or beef stock instead of water.
For a sauce you follow the same steps, but may require a bit more water. After blending you can return the mixture to the pot and cook for an additional 5 minutes adding chopped onions, pepper, parsley etc.
Here is another great zucchini recipe. Stuffed Zucchini
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