It seems like every time I grocery shop, a zucchini or three lands in my cart. No matter what time of the year, it happens magically. Some weeks, I’ll grill it, toss it in a stir fry, or shred it and add it to my morning oats. This time of year is when our garden starts to produce mega loads of zucchini so there’s no need to buy it in the store. Our bumper crop gives us plenty!
A favorite sweet treat of mine has always been zucchini bread. It’s one of those quick breads that brings back the memories of my childhood. My mom would always make it during the summer with zucchini fresh from our garden. I was always super picky as a kid so I never actually ate zucchini. That is unless it was in zucchini bread. The “green stuff” in it didn’t even bother me. It just tasted freakin’ good! I think my taste buds went into overdrive the first time she made a chocolate version. Chocolate and vegetables? Now that’s a simply marvelous way to eat vegetables!
My tastes have changed quite a bit since then. I don’t need to sweeten up my veggies to eat them. In fact, I’d rather let the natural sweetness and flavor come through.
But I still will not pass up chocolate and vegetables.
This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.
It is finally here. For months we were stuck in the Polar Vortex, freezing our tushes off, wishing for this time of year. How I longed to feel warmth!
When I think of summer, I think of the sunshine, the beach, fresh fruit and veggies and ice cream to keep me cool on a hot, sticky day.
One of my favorite summer fruits are strawberries.
There is nothing better than a fresh picked strawberry from a farm. All winter long I dream of it. Over the marvelous weekend, we headed out to a local farm for our first pick of the season. The plants were picked over quite a bit by the time we got there so we really had to hunt for the perfect strawberry. There may have been some Frankenberries that made their way into our containers.
As we were driving home, we started to brainstorm ideas on what to make with our haul.
Strawberry pie? Strawberry jam?
And then Ron suggested Strawberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt.
I’ve had an ice cream maker for years but have only used it a handful of times. But since we made this recipe, I want to use it weekly. It is so good! I can’t wait to try this recipe with fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries…the sky’s the limit!