While Baking, Do Fresh Food Prep TOO!!



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!

Now, my kitchen is already full of dishes and I have an hour…so…decided to be productive and do all my food prep for all the fresh veggies and fruit that I had in my fridge.

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.

With all of that complete I had 5:42 left before the zucchini bread was done!!!!



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


Hi! My name is Dominique and I'm lucky enough to be the wife to my True Love and mother to a little girl and a little boy. I grew up in the Midwest but have loved living in NC, our new home. I'm actually an Industrial Engineer by schooling, but am now a domestic engineer(Stay-at-home-Mom) and feel very blessed to have this job. I have always loved the challenge in making the most of things...whether it's figuring out that a filing cabinet , a $10 piece of countertop and a few scraps of wood can be turned into a desk, that a curtain sheer, some ribbon, and a square piece of fabric can be transformed into an Elsa-like dress, or how to provide an interesting lunch for my little girl who is in a peanut free classroom. I love to figure things out and to create. I hope you enjoy reading my posts. I hope that my posts will inspire you to create. I hope that with my posts you will see that They Will Love Your Effort, whether things turn our perfect or not;-)

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