Janet's Notebook
Enjoy Summer's Bounty with Full-Flavored Recipes

Zucchini Lasagna Sans Noodles

One of my favorite weekend activities is going to my local farmers market. Every Saturday morning, you'll find me walking down the aisles for the latest goodies.

Right now, zucchini is in season and it seems (from my farm stand) there's an abundance of it. So, I grabbed my reusable bag, filled it with this sensational summer squash and headed home. Now I was on the hunt for zucchini recipes!

"With the bumper crop of zucchini this year I had to get creative," says Deb Lund. "I have been making zucchini pancakes using various combinations for many years, but never have they brought the kind of praise from my son and his college friends as this one." With Deb's Creamy Zucchini Pancakes recipe in your apron pocket, there's no such thing as too much zucchini. This was perfect topped with a bit of sour cream, but get creative!

Andy Anderson switched things up for his Zucchini Lasagna Sans Noodles and uses zucchini as the noodles. "The biggest problem I had in developing this recipe is reducing the amount of liquid produced when baked," says Andy. "After a few attempts, I found that pre-baking the zucchini and draining out the excess liquid in the cottage cheese did the trick."

The Quick Tomato Sauce Andy makes tops off this recipe nicely. Guests are going to love this lasagna when you have them over for dinner. The fabulous flavors will have your meat-loving friends asking for seconds!

"I asked my husband if there was anything he wanted me to post [on JustAPinch.com] and he said the zucchini dish I make mostly during the summer," says Jamie Burris about sharing her recipe for My Husband's Favorite Zucchini. What a neat way to reinvent a side dish! I think this cream sauce would be delicious on most any fresh vegetable.

Lori McClain's Yellow Polka Dot Zucchini Side is a terrifically fresh salad to enjoy on a hot summer day! The zucchini ribbons - and the name - also make it downright adorable. "The Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini song is one of my favorites, so I always think of zucchini when I hear it..." says Lori. "...it gave me the inspiration for this light side dish salad." Grill some chicken or shrimp for the perfect accompanying main course.

Zucchini works wonderfully in baked goods too. And, if you're a dark chocolate lover, then Angie Walker's Dark Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with White Chocolate Ganache is tailor-made for you! With a double dose of chocolate and a hint of healthy veggies, these sweet muffins are good for you on so many levels! Super moist and delightful.

"From the garden, this bread is so delicious and moist that you can eat it all day long," says Kathy Hunter. "Passed down from my great grandma to my grandma, to my mom and to me." Well, I'm thankful she decided to share her Zucchini Pineapple Walnut Bread recipe with us! The zucchini and pineapple in this scrummy bread make it super moist. Serve at breakfast or snack time... or as a lovely hostess gift.

I love to eat for the seasons and the farmers market allows me to do that. Get creative with your fresh fruits and veggies and enjoy the gifts of the season!

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Jean Edington - Jul 14, 2014
If there is anyone out there in the USA please could you help me out.. What I muenster cheese compared to a Cheddar, and what is Monterey Jack also compared to a Cheddar.. Live in South Africa, and in spite of having thousands of different cheeses, never heard of the above

Many thanks for any help
Bev Smith - Jul 13, 2014
I am looking for a recipe for bran muffins not using cereal. Ihave lost my favorite recipe and am back looking for it. I know it used buttermilk and oat bran flour and brown sugar I believe. If you have something similar please send it to me. Bev Smith bbsmith2@yahoo.com
Helaine Norman - Jul 11, 2014
Thanks for your enjoyable site. I do not mean this as a complaint but a suggestion, if possible. Many of my recipes make it difficult to indicate one method of cooking or only one main ingredient. With respect to method of cooking, what should I choose when I have to cook and mix quite a bit (as much time on that) as baking or roasting?

Example: My Beef Bourgeon Turnovers stuffed items in which the filling has to be cooking prior to the baking.

Thanks again for your site!

Carol Junkins - Jul 11, 2014
My favorite with zucchini ! ~ is my Zucchini Sandwiches My Dads love em!
Kim Biegacki - Jul 9, 2014
Those zucchini pancakes sound yummy. I've not had those before. I do have several recipes that I love with zucchini. My three favorite being Fried Zucchini that is a favorite for my entire family and one that my Grandma Campbell used to make all the time during the summer. Another favorite is one that I have adjusted to make healthier and is something my Grammie used to make as well. Baked Zucchini Pizza Bites The last one is the one I make the most and is so simple... Quick Italian Minestrone Soup ----If there was one thing that my grandparents planted a bunch of in the garden it was Zucchini...every summer we were feasting on zucchini. She especially loved making Zucchini bread but for the LIFE OF ME I still haven't been successful in making my own loaves. Every time I seem to mess something up!! I think I shall try again this summer to make a loaf. I can still remember making a couple loaves while staying at my grandparents house in W.VA and the recipe called for 2 medium zucchini's. Not sure but my idea of medium was off, my Grandma stayed up for quite some time after bedtime continuing to cook my 2 loaves...they cooked but were really heavy loaves of bread. I was so embarrassed that I didn't try again till years later. I need lessons on making Zucchini bread. Ha
Francia Webb - Jul 8, 2014
Grate 2 lbs. zucchini. Mix with one teasp. salt. Let it stand 20 to 3o minutes. Place in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out all the excess juice. Mince one clove of garlic. Add the zucchini and the garlic to a frying pan with one tables. of olive oil. Cook over medium heat and stir frequently until zucchini is cooked to your taste. I cook it about 5 to 8 minutes. This is so good and so simple.
MaryLou Brothers - Jul 8, 2014
My favorite besides the grilled zucchini is to slice the tender new zucchini dip it in an egg, bread with mix of panko/parmesan cheese and fry. YUM
My daughters used to make zucchini bread and chocolate zucchini muffins and win blue ribbons at the state fair. They were 9 & 10 at the time.
sallye bates - Jul 8, 2014
Nothing better than fresh zucchini sliced lengthwise, sprinkled with salt, pepper and italian seasoning, lightly oiled, then thrown on the grille for 3 to 5 minutes per side. Heavenly side dish.