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Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad – #BlakesPairing

Disclaimer: I received Blake’s coupons and a stipend to purchase ingredients for this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Our garden this year has been quite pathetic. Some little woodland creatures thought we planted everything just for them and had a nice little salad bar. The only surviving plant is the squash. Fingers crossed we actually get something from it.

Thankfully, my neighbors garden is flourishing. When that happens, she is more than happy to share. And I’m more than happy to accept.

Last week she brought over a ton of tomatoes and zucchini. There’s nothing better than sun ripened, garden fresh veggies. The freshness is so much better than store bought.

Fresh garden veggie  happyfitmama.com

I had just bought fresh corn and basil from the market that morning so I wanted to make something that combined all the veggies.

You guys, this salad is good. And so simple! Yes, there’s quite a bit of chopping but if you’re like me, I don’t go for perfection. There’s big chunks, little chunks. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s all going to the same place!

Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad  Happyfitmama.com

5.0 from 2 reviews
Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Fresh corn on the cob
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 pint (or so) cherry tomatoes
  • handful of fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • ½ of fresh lime, squeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the corn off the cob into a large bowl.
  2. Chop zucchini and tomatoes. Place in bowl with corn and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk red wine vinegar, EVOO, honey and lime. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Pour over corn, zucchini and tomato mixture and toss.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for 1-4 hours before serving.

 

This summer I haven’t really felt like cooking a whole lot. I’d much rather spend the last days of summer outside having fun. I don’t usually buy prepackaged meals. The majority are filled with weird things that I don’t want to eat. But I was intrigued when Blake’s All Natural Meals asked me to participate in their #BlakesPairing contest. Once I did a little fact checking, I found that their meals are full of real food and are prepared FROM SCRATCH. That means cooking the chicken themselves in small batches, mashing real, whole potatoes and using the actual stock from the chicken-cooking process to make their signature gravy.

Sounds like Grandma’s home cooking, huh?

The second thing that won me over is that Blake’s is right in my backyard. Well, not really in my backyard but close. I’m very happy to support a small, family owned New Hampshire business that is promoting real food.

Blake’s Chicken Dinner Casserole was the perfect pairing with my Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad. Mashed potatoes, gravy and topped with holiday stuffing, it was pure comfort food followed up with a heaping serving of freshness. While the holiday stuffing made me think of the quickly approaching Fall, the summer veggies made me remember it’s still summer.

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You can find Blake’s new casserole meals exclusively at Target. They’re great to have on hand just in case the day gets a little too busy.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s meal planning day.

Here’s what I’ve got planned:

Sunday: Fish Tacos

Monday: Egg and Avocado Sandwiches

Tuesday: One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

Wednesday: Ron’s Homemade Pizza

Thursday: Caprese Quinoa Bake

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Wing it!

What garden fresh veggies are you loving right now?

What are you having for dinner this week?

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread | HappyFitMama.com

4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry as much as possible
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray pans lightly with cooking spray/oil or line with parchment paper. I used two mini loaf pans.
  3. Shred zucchini and place in a colander with paper towels. Squeeze it till most of the moisture is gone. Set aside.
  4. Combine eggs, honey applesauce and vanilla in a large bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and almond flour.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  7. Stir in shredded zucchini.
  8. Pour into prepared pans.
  9. Place in oven and cook 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine took about 45 minutes.
  10. Let cool completely before cutting or trying to remove from pan.

Here’s a few more zucchini recipes that you might be interested in:

Roasted Corn Black Bean Soup

Zucchini Muffins

Vegan Zucchini Lemon Cookies

What’s your favorite quick bread?