Zucchinibröd med choklad

Ja, ja, vi vet att vi kör stenhårt på zucchinirecept just nu – men vad tusan, snart är säsongen slut så det är lika bra att njuta hela vägen in i mål! Vi sa hejdå till ett gäng plantor för ett par veckor sedan och ser nu spenat växa frodigt på samma plats, men vi sparade några för en liten förlängning på sommaren. Och medan produktionstakten är betydligt lägre nu jämfört med juli och augusti, så blir vi fortfarande försedda med ett par frukter i veckan. Detta tillgodoser våra behov mer än väl nu, och det behövs väl knappast sägas att vi båda längtar efter att höstskördarna ska börja mogna färdigt. Efter en lång sommar av krispiga gurkor, squash av olika slag, mangold osv. så är det med fröjd i ögat vi ser rotfrukterna bli färdiga och grönkålen växa sig magnifik. Men innan vi omfamnar grytor och kålsallader helt och hållet – här är ytterligare ett recept att luta sig emot när squashskörden vuxit sig enorm: zucchinibröd.

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Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread

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Yes, yes, we’re going crazy with zucchini recipes here – but hey, the season is actually coming to an end soon! We said bye-bye to a bunch of zucchini plants a few weeks back and started spinach in that spot instead, but have kept a few for an extension to the summer. And while the production rate has dropped significantly compared to July and August, we’re still getting a few fruits every week. This keeps us more than satisfied, and it probably goes without saying that we’re pretty excited for the fall crops to ripen now, after a long summer of endless amounts of crispy cucumbers, said zucchini, chard etc. But before we welcome root veggie galore and go nuts for kale salads again, just one more way of using up the summer squash masses: zucchini bread.

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Frasiga zucchinibiffar

Allt medan vi långsamt håller på att rulla ut ur sommarlovslunken och sakta men säkert börjar skönja lite kreativ lusta igen, så firar vi också 1 år av receptskapande! Faktum är att igår, den 28 augusti, markerade 365 dagar sedan vi delade det allra första receptet (zucchinibiffar) och vad kan vara ett bättre sätt att hedra det på än att dela en ny och förbättrad version av det? Förra året skördade vi ca 30 kg zucchini totalt, och majoriteten åkte huvudstupa ner i en stor skål och blev till just biffar. En mindre del blev till dessa Chokladiga zucchinimuffins (ett annat tidigt recept från förra sensommaren), och resten blev stekt, grillat eller tillagat på något annat snabbt sätt. I år är vi nu uppe i 40 kg, och än är det inte slut. Vi har hanterat dessa mängder på ett liknande sätt, men planerar också för en storsats zucchinibröd (en sötad variant – tänk “banana bread” men med zucchini) inom de närmaste dagarna. Om det blir ett lyckat kommer givetvis ett recept på kalaset så småningom. Dock tampas vi med världshistoriens i-landsproblem: vi njuter av magiskt sensommarväder just nu och har exakt noll lust att stå i köket och baka. Jaja…

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Crispy Zucchini Fritters

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As we’re slowly making our way out of summer-break routines and feeling the creative juices come back to us, we’re also celebrating 1 year of recipe posting! Actually, yesterday marked 365 days since we shared our first ever recipe – zucchini patties – and what could be a better way of celebrating that than sharing a new and improved version of it? Last year, we harvested roughly 30 kg (66 lbs) of zucchini and turned the majority into patties/fritters. Some went into these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (another close to inaugural recipe) and the rest was sautéed, grilled or eaten in another simple fashion. This year, we’re at 40 kg (88 lbs) and still counting. We’ve dealt with the masses in similar ways, but are also planning a big batch of zucchini bread (as in, a sweet-ish type of deal) in the next few days. If that project comes out successful, we’ll be sharing a recipe of course. However, we’re facing a very privileged problem right now: beautiful late summer weather has settled in, so we have no desire to be baking inside. Oh well.

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Bean Patties

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In some shape or form, bean patties make up the no. 1 staple of our freezer. The convenience factor is sky high, obviously – with these on hand, a complete meal can come together quickly. Some roasted root vegetables, a filling salad, maybe pasta on the side – pairing options are many and easy to adapt throughout the seasons. Cranberry beans have a nutty flavor which, in our opinion, makes them the perfect legume to use (but feel free to hit up whatever beans suit your taste). Some grated zucchini in the batter prevents the patties from going dry and instead keeps them moist and scrumptious. Grated carrots is a great substitution now that the zucchini season is about to come to an end (at least here), and perhaps even sweet potatoes – but that would mean unexplored territory even for us. Speaking of keeping them moist (a.k.a. the most difficult part of making bean patties), the batter has to be quite sticky. You’re not looking for a consistency where you can form patties with your hands without having to go for a good rinse afterwards, ok? But don’t worry, they’ll firm up once in the pan – and they’ll be so much more enjoyable to eat!

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Pasta with Kale & Zucchini

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After a few rounds of trial and error, we’ve found our perfect pre-race (or pre-long run) dinner. As in, the night before. We both run well on pasta, there’s no question about that. Potatoes do work too, but pasta… it just feels right. Nothing gives you that extra pep in your step as a big bowl of spaghetti, right? The toppings and sauces have come in many different shapes over the years, but we dare say this is our winner. There are some beans in there, making it a balanced meal, but no heaping amounts – because in all truth and honesty, you don’t want to give your stomach too much to work with when you hit the trails. Balance is key, as we all know! Even for those with zero intentions to lace up your shoes and go running, this meal is, frankly, quite nice. And you know what? We even got the green light from our stepdad/step-father in law when serving him this, despite the fact that he’s… not really a vegetable lover (let’s just leave it at that). That should say a lot.

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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Now, counting these muffins towards your ‘five servings of vegetables a day’ would be a stretch, even though they do come with a generous amount of zucchini in them. Calling them a quite nutrient dense choice for your sweet treat though, would not. However, just to be clear: we’re not the ones to turn down dessert or say no to an extra scoop of ice cream. Heck, those are often necessary to keep our energy intake on pair with our output! But just as much as we dig decadent cookies, we like to have some heartier snacks on hand. These are heavy on the whole grain rye flour (we sometimes go 100 % rye and it’s just as good) and light on the sweetener, and work as the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or as a packed treat when out and about. The fact that we get to sneak in some zucchini is a great bonus, since our kitchen sees piles and piles worth of it these last days of summer. And yes, tomorrow is the start of the #localthirty and #närodladseptember challenge so please, call us out for munching on chocolate (a very non-local item, unfortunately) tonight. We just couldn’t help ourselves. So unless you’ve chosen chocolate as one of your cheat items… this recipe is off limits – unless you change it up and make a local version of it, which we would love to hear about! In fact, we’ll most likely try to do that too. Anyway, we hope to see many of you joining the initiative to the best of your ability, and look forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing along the way. We promise to keep you posted as far as what lands on our plates, that’s for sure. Happy local month of September, everyone! Oh and… when zucchini is no longer in season, then we choose carrots. You should too.

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Zucchini patties

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Ah, the loyal zucchini plant. It relentlessly produces shiny, green fruits at a mind-boggling rate, surprising us with new ones in the morning that we could have sworn weren’t there the night before. Some may run out of things to make with them, but so far, that hasn’t happened to us. There’s nothing better than heating up some of these patties on a chilly winter’s day, reminiscing the summer, and hey – making a giant batch for the freezer on a rainy August afternoon isn’t too bad of an activity. With that said, you don’t have to use 8 lbs/4 kg of zucchinis (our record batch) when you take these on. This recipe yields somewhere around 10-12 patties, and we think you’ll be hard pressed to find any leftovers. If you do, though – know that they do hold up very well in the freezer. As for the cheese, something a little bit aged is preferred, and use whatever onions you have on hand – white, red, yellow, leeks, scallions, it’s your pick. Same goes for the herbs – we’ve tried and tested parsley, dill, basil and oregano and they all offer a quite lovely injection of summer flavors. That’s it – go make these!

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