Every week we get a fresh local produce delivered to us by The Produce Box. I absolutely love it! I am a person, who while I LOVE eating fresh fruits and veggies, I HATE shopping for fresh fruits and veggies. I always feel like I chose poorly or don’t feel the confidence in even choosing the right ripe item.
The Produce Box also makes me step outside of my ‘normal’ things that I would ever even think of trying. Things like different types of peppers, squash, or anything else that is a little outside the ‘norm’.
The problem I often face is that when it comes time to make a meal, I loath prepping the items. I want to grab my ingredients, mix, bake/cook, and enjoy.
Because my my dislike for prepping food, I try and combine it to be more ‘kitchen effective’. Aka…if my kitchen is going to be a mess from baking, might as well go big or go home, right?:-)
So this morning I decided that I was going to make zucchini bread with quinoa. I wanted to make something that I could put in my daughter’s school snack that would be something different than what she usually gets(crackers and cheese), but that still has some redeeming value.
I grabbed a casserole dish to make some quinoa.
Here is how I make quinoa:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
-Cover dish and microwave for 7 minutes at 50% power.
-Cover dish and microwave again for 7 minutes at 50% power
-Remove and let sit.
Then I made my zucchini bread recipe as usual. It’s just a regular zucchini recipe. When it’s all mixed, I add 1 cup of the cooked(and by now, cooled) quinoa.
Then I pour it all into greased bread pans, and bake it for 1 hour at 350.
I figured as long as I was cooking the bread, I might as well throw some sweet potatoes in the oven to bake as well since they take about an hour too!
I did all the following while the bread baked:
I washed, cored, and bagged for freezing all my peppers(cubanelle and poblanos)
I then washed, stemmed, blanched, and bagged for freezing all of our Kale.
I then shredded two more zucchinis (to either make zucchini quinoa patties or more zucchini bread) .
I like salads so I decided to slice up a cucumber, tomato, and some radishes so that we can have some nice salads during the week too:-)
Finally, we have way too many strawberries right now so I decided to wash, core, and freeze those as well.
The bread turned out amazing! I use wooden skewers to test the bread to make sure I get all the way through the bread to be ensured of it being done:-)
My husband had no idea that there was anything different in it and my son devoured 2 slices! Luckily I don’t feel too guilty about eating this or the fact that son didn’t eat much lunch after eating the bread:-)
The sweet potatoes (white sweet potatoes) needed another 20 minutes with the oven cranked up to 400. After they rested, I cleaned those up into mason jars and got them into the freezer too!
Not too bad!!!!
Now making a yummy dish will be so easy since all the prep is done! Yay!!!
Remember…They Will Love Your Effort<3