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Wordless Wednesday | Zucchini

I grow zucchini every year and every year I have more than enough and end up freezing most of it. When frozen you can use zucchini all winter to make zucchini bread, add to cookies, or just cook and serve as a side dish. My family loves it.

Nutrition information for zucchini

Zucchini is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Vitamins
Amounts Per Selected Serving (serving size 1 cup sliced)
Vitamin A 2011 IU 40%
Beta Carotene 1206 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 2070 mcg
Vitamin C 8.3 mg 14%
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.2mg 1%
Vitamin K 7.6 mcg 9%
Thiamin 0.1 mg 5%
Riboflavin 0.1 mg 4%
Niacin 0.8 mg 4%
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg 7%
Folate 30.6 mcg 8%
Food Folate 30.6 mcg
Dietary Folate Equivalents 30.6 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.2 mg 2%
Choline 16.9 mg
Betaine 0.5 mg

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Canola Oil
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
3 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Splenda
2 Cups Shredded Zucchini
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups White Flour
1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Pint Blueberries

Recipe makes 2, 9″ loaf pans with 12 slices per loaf. 1 slice per serving.

1.) Preheat oven to 350 and grease pans.

2.) Using hand mixer on low, mix eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla, lemon juice and sugars. Stir in zucchini.

3.) Add nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour. Mix just until blended. Do not over mix. Stir in blueberries.

4.) Bake for 60-75 minutes. Bread is done when toothpick inserted 2″ from edge of pan comes out clean.

5.) Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

Number of Servings: 24

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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23 Comments

  1. Sue June 9, 2010

    Your zucchini looks great! Everyone here loves zucchini bread. I'm growing some and hope I get some out of it!

    Thanks for sharing. Happy WW♥

  2. blueviolet June 9, 2010

    I don't know what zucchini tastes like, but people sure rave about zucchini bread!

  3. Oh I love zuchini bread and I also put grated up zuchini in my meatloaf it's fantastic!!

    I am jealous you have so much! I am horrible about buying it and forgetting it is there until it's rotten..duhh!!

  4. Forgetfulone June 9, 2010

    I love zuchini. I had no idea it was such a pretty plant, too.

  5. sheila June 9, 2010

    I love zucchini! yours looks much better than mine which is being eaten to death by an ant. UHHHH

  6. piece of me June 9, 2010

    Yum! Zucchini cooked on the grill is a favorite summertime side dish in our house!

  7. Kristie June 9, 2010

    The blueberry zucchini bread sounds wonderful! I may have to try it! 🙂

  8. debbie June 9, 2010

    I like making zucchini chips. I slice them thinly, sprinkle lightly with seasoning (pizza,pepper, whatever herb you like) and dehydrate them. They are really good to snack on.

  9. I love zucchini, there's just so much that you can do with it.

  10. Lisa June 9, 2010

    Zucchini is a great add-in to baked goods. Happy WW!

  11. Amy June 9, 2010

    I do not think my post posted..

    I love zucchini it is one of my fav's..
    Have a great day..

  12. I loooooooove zucchini! It's my favorite! 🙂 I'd love to have a zucchini garden. They would never go to waste. lol
    Thanks for stopping by the other day and for linking up as well. Hope you're having a fantastic week!

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

  13. Brimful Curiosities June 9, 2010

    I love chocolate zucchini cake. You do get your money's worth when you plant a zucchini seed!

  14. I love zucchini. I didn't know you could freeze it. I always bake the zucchini into stuff and then freeze it. Good to know I can do it the other way around.

  15. The Jacobsen Family! June 9, 2010

    First off, that recipe looks AMAZING! I'll have to try it. Both my MIL and my brother are getting tons of zucchini from their gardens, so I'll pass the recipe on to them too.
    You have to shred the zucchini first for it to freeze right, correct??

  16. LT June 9, 2010

    The recipe looks great, I would never have though to add Blueberries! Thanks for posting it!

  17. Cascia June 9, 2010

    If you want to freeze your zucchini all you need to do is cut it up into small circles and place it in freezer bags.

  18. JamericanSpice June 10, 2010

    I'm not sure I've ever had this. Now I want to taste it.

    You do very well with your garden!

  19. Sky June 10, 2010

    Ohhh, we love Zucchini! My mom makes a rockin' Zucchini Bread. Now I'm going to have to ask her to make some today!

  20. Jojomama June 10, 2010

    What a great blog. I'm a health freak! (=
    Health is a huge hobby of mine and Currently reading the Schwarzbein Principle II… which will change your life and how you look at health.
    The recipe looks great– but I would sub agave nectar and pure maple syrup for the sweetner and not the refined sugars or chemical sugar replacement. They put too much stress on the kidneys, etc.Which causes insulin spike and weight gain etc.
    Zucchini bread is a fave!

  21. Salt June 10, 2010

    I never liked zucchini when I was younger, but I've just started to develop a taste for it. Especially delicious zucchini bread!

    Hopefully I will have a garden one day where I can grow my own veggies!

  22. He & Me + 3 June 10, 2010

    That is a great looking zucchini. I love zucchini bread.

  23. Lee June 10, 2010

    Those look so much better than the supermarket variety! You should link up with our Thursday Raising awareness!!