Food Challenge #3: Zucchini Through a Straw

1 Feb

I was not that kid sitting at the table for hours refusing to eat her vegetables. Even when it was one of my most hated dishes, like spicy cabbage (I deplored anything with even the mildest hint of pepper) or collard greens, I ate them, though quite begrudgingly. I was the kid requesting beets and rice or steamed broccoli and butter or zucchini and squash. Yes, I was the strange kid who’d rather eat zucchini and squash and liver and onions instead of pizza. Might explain a lot about me.

Anyway, I love zucchini. Always have, always will. I’ve made zucchini bread, sautéed zucchini, mixed it in salads and soups. What could I possibly do to liven up this lovely vegetable that I haven’t already done?! It was hard to come up with some thing that no one had done. I wracked my brain for about a week. zucchini fritters? Been done, here here and Rachel Ray even made them for America. Zucchini brownies? Nope. Been done. For the love of god! Zucchini burgers? Nope, that’s been done a bazillion times as well. It felt like everything had been covered and zucchinified.

I was tired. Tired of thinking and literally, just tired. After working hard in a new yoga class, I had no energy to fight with kitchen utensils, and that’s when it hit me: make a smoothie.Zucchini Pic

Unfortunately, I’m no more brilliant than this person or this person, however I do feel like I got a bit daring with this one. I added sweet potatoes AND zucchini to my fruits for a thick, filling, delicious fruit storm!!

Zucchini Smoothie 2It wasn’t an HBO original special (or maybe it was just LIKE an HBO original special!), but it did the trick, got me outside of my zucchini box, and also gave me another quick way to get a filling meal with veggies and fruits all at once! I think this one’s a score for me!


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