Monday, August 12, 2013

Homegrown (and huge) Zucchini Saute with Quinoa

I was nervous when Nick came in with these zucchini from our garden.  In the case of squash, bigger is not necessarily better.  I always find the smaller squash to be more sweet and less seedy.  He was so proud though, I mean, check it out....

To my surprise, these gigantic zucchini were neither bland nor seedy.  In fact, they tasted great.  These two glorious beauties made this quinoa salad I'm posting today, and about 50 delectable zucchini fritters, which I'll be posting tomorrow.  Of course, even after those two recipes I still had some zucchini leftover, which we enjoyed simply sauteed in some EVOO and topped with fresh parmesan cheese.

Zucchini Saute with Quinoa
Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Serves 5

1 medium zucchini
2 Tbsp. tuscan or garlic olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. minced fresh marjoram
2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves
2 tsp. minced fresh oregano leaves
1/4 cup minced parsley leaves
3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked

1.  Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package (Typically 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water, together in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes).

2.  Cut zucchini in half crosswise.  Cut in half again and cut into thin strips.  Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook zucchini and squash until it begins to brown around the edges.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir to blend well.  

3.  Combine the zucchini mixture with the cooked quinoa.  Serve warm.

**NOTE:  If you are following a low FODMAPS diet you will be happy to know that this is low FODMAPs!

Estimated Nutrition Facts for 1/5th of recipe
Source: Calorie

Nutrition Highlights:  Under 200 calories, good source of fiber, vitamin C and iron

I didn't use this entire zucchini for the recipe, obviously, but I wanted to take these photos to give you an idea of just how massive these things were!  

Nick and I had some family friends over for a bonfire the night we served this.  Yes, we had hot dogs on a stick, fruit, beer, toasted marshmallows, and this salad.  Random? Sure. But it was a huge hit (and the sunflower seeds really added a nice savory crunch to the salad. I wasn't expecting it!).

So in terms of our garden the zucchini, herbs, and tomatoes have been a success (tomato recipes coming soon!) but the spaghetti squash, well, that's another story.  Yeah, I don't think this is a spaghetti squash.  Thoughts?

QUESTION:  Are you having success with your garden this year?

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I have today off but tomorrow (I think) I start my new job.  I'm nervous, excited, anxious, everything all wrapped up in one.  Most of all I can't wait to get back to work again.  While it's been nice having a couple weeks off, I'm getting slightly bored.  Crazy how that works.

Thanks for reading!

The Candid Rd


  1. oh maan those zucchinis are humongous. Good luck with your new job - i hope you will love it :)

  2. My mom always ends up with ginormous zucchini and squash! I have a 4 lb zucchini at home right now that she gave me. Zucchini fritters sound like a good idea! I think that squash is actually a gord - like the ones in the fall. Pretty sure they're not edible. But you never know!

  3. That's a crook neck squash, I believe (not sure what the official name is). Love that pic of the huuuuuge zucchini! This zucchini saute looks delicious!

    (Also, you have a new job? Did I miss the announcement? What's the details?? Good luck! You'll be awesome!)

    1. Yep, no more supermarket RD for me! I am now working as a university student dining nutrition and wellness coordinator :) Big changes, but GREAT changes I think!

  4. No garden here - I shop at the local farmer's mkt and they have had a really good growing season around here. I love quinoa and am seeing it more and more on restaurant menus which makes me really happy!

  5. Great recipe! Sadly, I never planted my summer garden, so no zucchini for me. My kale keeps growing back however, so that's a good thing :-) New job? How exciting! :-)

    1. We grew kale last year but it was easily burned by the sun, and didn't taste so great. We didn't grow any this year. Our zucchini and tomatoes thrives, and butternut, but clearly the spaghetti squash was a fake!

  6. Wow those are huge, I thought the ones I bought this past weekend were gigantic but they seem like baby ones next to yours!

    Good luck at your new job :)