that's it, i'm sold.
zucchinis are totes.
i made three recipes over the weekend with these bad boys.
first came the cookies - and i made em TWICE.
second came the salad instagram inspo from my northern wisconsin neighbor and fellow food amabassador, the lovely Thippi Flickenstein.
third came the metamorphosis of her salad into my lasagna. i love transformers.
there is nothing better than stretching some fresh produce, saving some bucks and your meal planning sanity. i hope you think these recipes are the cat's banana hammock too.
gf oats. but i didn't have enough!!!!
so how about some quinoa flakes? can you believe they make this stuff into flakes and flour!? you can get either in bulk at whole foods.
my sugar sugars.
three thumbs to the SKY!!!!! mac is really playing it cool.
you must check out the original recipe and see what i did to it. i didn't plan on changing it. but when i went to collect my ingredients, i simply did not have enough so i improvised and swapped out a few more... oh yea, my kitchen=art class.
totes zucchini cookies
adapted from two peas in their pod's zucchini cookies
2 c gf flour blend
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
whisk up together in a bowl until combined.
8 T coconut oil (softened like room temp butter)
1 c coconut palm sugar
1/2 c organic sugar
cream together with a stand or hand held mixer.
2 lg pastured and organic eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c shredded organic zucchini
add above ingredients into creamed sugar and coconut oil.
1/2 c gf old fashioned oats
1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c quinoa flour or flakes
dump the flour blend/soda/sea salt and the above ingredients into the bowl and mix until well combined.
3/4 c mini chocolate chips (enjoy life brand)
yea, don't forget these:)
preheat oven to 350 degrees (i used my convection setting). Bake for 8 min. if you use normal oven setting, prob 12 minutes... just check it before you wreck it.
so then came this sweet facebook post from Thippi and i whipped up her little dream boat on labor day.
Thippi's cucumber OR zucchini salad
2-3 lg organic cucumbers or zucchinis sliced, halved or quartered
1 pint garden cherry tomatoes halved
3 T fresh basil roughly chopped
3 T fresh mint roughly chopped (thanks becky for sharing your garden with me!!!)
3 T fresh parsley (i didn't have any)
1/2 c capers (oh just add as much as you want)
1/4-1/2 red onion thinly sliced (ditto)
1/2 c each evoo & balsamic vinegar (i think... i honestly just eyeballed it so you can do that too!!)
s&p to taste
mix it all up. dunzo.
and then when you have leftovers... chop it up all nice and fine and make some lasagna!!
freshly chopped organic spinach.
blurred spinach lines.
here is the lasagna recipe inspo from ohsheglows.com.
before you get all crazy on me and freak out, i too would have slapped you across the face if you told me to make a lasagna without cheese. so here's the dealio: i still top mine off with some really great italian imported sheep's cheese called cacio de roma (it acts just like mozzarella) and perhaps a little romano, maybe manchego... oh yes please. goat and sheep's cheeses are the only dairy we have in the house nowadays and we use as little as possible... kinda like sugar:)
do i miss all the cheese in my life? i truly love it so. and here are the reasons we aren't a big cheesy family anymore:
#1 i do not miss my zits.
#2 abbie prefers a cheese free and cow's milk free environment.
#3 mac has an intolerance to cow's milk (he is fine with goat and sheep).
#4 tommy loves the cheese we buy.
#5 this rabbit hole i like to read about on the milk debate. oye.
poor chris. he still loves my "old" lasagna and really misses it. he says this one gets sort of close... thumbs up and sideways from my four love bugs. my mother and father-in-law came over and shared this dish with us too! mary is a big fan of zucchini (yes!) and larry i love you for eating it and it was a big complement when you said, "it's not bad lindsey!" i loves you for eating my new all veggie and gluten free creation.
so there you go. if you have a reason to knock out or limit the cheese in your life, this is a way to go.
or, simply use your own tried and true recipe and add in the zucchini and spinach. here is the lasagna recipe that i used to make.
no matter what lasagna floats your boat, go get your apron ON!! it's your from scratch lasagna creation, and you make it the way YOU WANT:) i hope i gave you some inspiring ideas!
...sorry i forgot to take a picture of the finished creation. this place just gets too busy sometimes:)
i couldn't resist. my green smoothie looked like our lake:) so gross but sooo good.
and you MUST bookmark this handy definitions list compiled by kidsorganics.com. i sure did.
annoyed by hearing "gluten free" yet? HA! here's mark sisson's take on the gluten free trend.
hangin onto summer's last breaths. cheers babycakies.