If you’re like me and lots of my friends, your zucchini plants are going nuts at the minute and you have all these humongous mutant zucchini taking over the back yard! So before they take over the WORLD, quick, use ‘em in these recipes:
I hope these recipes help your excess zucchini shine!!
Moment of truth… most of the giant zucchini in my posession have come from friends who have had great success with their zuccchini plants. Mine, not so much… but I have had a steady flow of little zucchini from my own garden! They might just be my favourite vegetable with their endless versatility.
Serves: about 4 people, but just add more to feed more.
Ingredients: 1 tbsp coconut oil, 2 chopped shallots, 2cm grated fresh ginger, 1 crushed fresh or dried chilli, 1 tbsp tamari, 4 chopped boneless chicken thighs, 3-4 large spiralised zucchini, salt and pepper to taste, ripe avocado to garnish.
Steps: Heat a good pan with 1 tbsp coconut oil to a low-medium heat. Add shallots, grated ginger, chilli and tamari and cook, stirring, until browning and aromatic. Add chicken and stir until cooked through. Add zucchini noodles (spiralised zucchini/zoodles) and cook, stirring, for a furhter 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sliced avocado if desired. Too easy, all done!
Me happy and knackered after running the Bridle Path track, Port Hills Chch
Running. The word itself makes some people run at the mention. So many people hate it. But, having a healthy cardiovascular system undeniably feels great. I don’t care who says cardio is bad. I think all exercise is good. Especially when the goal is holistic health, not just pumping up your muscles or sculpting a ‘perfect bod’. Nothing says cardio like running. So how can we do it and keep doing it? Here are are my three suggestions:
Run somewhere spectacular! I enjoy running, but running along the footpaths in the ‘burbs pains me. Get me out into the Port Hills or a national park and I’m high on life!
Run within a sports game! One guaranteed weekly run-around for me is Wednesday night touch-rugby. It is enjoyable, there is a competitive element to amp up the motivation, and I am accountable to my team mates. It works.
Run with a buddy! Ok so I said suburban footpath running is torture to me, but chuck a good friend with good chat by my side and I am more than happy to do it. There is the accountability factor too.
Enter a challenge or event! I enjoy tracking my improvements if I am running to train for a sports event/race.
Run as a mode of transport! Use running to get from ‘a’ to ‘b’. Good for your body, good for the environment, good use of time.
Tried everything and still loathe running? Then stop running. Start something that you love instead. Not something that just makes you feel good afterwards, but something you enjoy doing at the time. Something you can lose your thoughts in. I believe exercise is only sustainable if you enjoy it. It’s is the only way you will continue to exercise for ever and ever. And that’s what I intend to do. Happy running (Or not).
Ingredients: 1 large kumara, 1 cup almond meal, 3 eggs, ¼ cup coconut flour, salt.
Steps: Chop the kumara up into chunks, skin and all, and boil in a pot until soft. Drain, mash, transfer to a mixing bowl, and pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes to chill a little. Take out of the freezer, add almond meal and salt to taste, and mix together well with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs and mix well again. Add the coconut flour and mix again. It should be getting a bit dryer but still hold together when you roll it into a ball. Divide the mixture into quarters. Roll each quarter into a ball, working it a little, then flattening into a pizza base shape. They’re just little ones, a personal one each for a family of four. Bake on 200 degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes or until holding shape. Top with your choice of toppings… don’t over-load it. Bake for a further 10 minutes or until cheese (if using) melts and turns golden.
I exercise because it makes me feel good, not because I need/want to lose weight or tone up.
I trail-run because there is no better feeling than being away from the city and in nature, the great outdoors.
I box because it makes me feel confident and strong.
I set goals and work hard because I love a challenge, not because I feel like I don’t have enough in my life already. The process of striving to better myself, not the product, gives me thrills.
I cook everyday because it keeps me connected to my food sources. I cook because it is my time to zone out and at the same time hone in on one action. I cook from scratch because the food is better for me that way. I cook because I love the feeling of providing nourishing food for people I love.
I garden because it keeps me aware of where my food comes from. I garden because when I do I feel relaxed, content and at the same time productive. I garden because it gives me thrills to grow food from seed to then harvest it for a home-cooked meal. I garden because I love the world we live in, even with its many, many flaws. I garden because I like to be outside.
I eat mostly nutritious food because I feel my best when I do, not because I’m watching my figure.
I love my body in any condition, because it is loving my body that drives me to take care of it, not hating it.
I socialise with great people because great-ness is contagious.
I smile because it makes myself and others feel good.
I cry because it makes me feel better.
I accept people because I don’t know their background-stories. I don’t know their perspective and therefore don’t understand why they do the things they do.
At the same time I do judge people, because it is really a reflection tool for my own values.
I speak my mind because it builds deeper trust in my relationships.
I write because it fuels my creativity, and for me creativity is the essence of a fulfilling life. I write because it helps me to reflect and improve on my thoughts, actions and values.
I study because I know I’m never right, but I can become more right if I keep learning. This is the same reason I listen.
I teach because I thoroughly enjoy it. When I stop enjoying it, I’ll find/create another way to make money in an enjoyable way.