August 21, 2011

the infamous vegetable

I'm not a huge zucchini lover. I find the flavor to be somewhat flat and not nearly as fresh as other vegetables, such as cucumbers. But while making dinner the other night, I found our fridge depleted of nearly all vegetables, save a lone pepper and a couple of zucchinis. I did what any not-a-fan-of-zucchini-but-needing-to-get-dinner-on-the-table-girl would do. I made a side dish.

And I actually liked it. In fact...I'm planning on making it again. (say what?!)

Zucchini and Tomato Sauté

One Green Zucchini
One Yellow Zucchini
Can of Tomatoes
One Green Onion
Olive Oil
One Clove of Garlic
Fresh Basil
Salt & Pepper

Heat up some olive oil in a small pot. Finely chop the onions and toss in the olive oil. Peel the zucchinis and chop into slices; sprinkle with salt and put with onions. Let cook until the zucchini is tender, then pour half a can of tomatoes into the pot. Crush one clove of garlic and mince it into fine pieces. Put a dash of salt, black pepper, and dried oregano in the pot and stir in the garlic. After it's reduced for a few minutes, put the basil leaves into the pot and stir. Top with some fresh basil and serve as a side or eat as a snack.

If there's not enough tomatoes to appease any tomato-lovers, simply add the rest of the can. The flavor is reminiscent of spaghetti and the basil adds a wonderful depth to the dish. Season to taste, but go easy on the oregano. Next time I make it, I have ideas for making it into a pasta sauce instead. Wish me luck!


  1. Yum!! We have so many squash and zucchini from the garden, but it's just hard to find things to do with it. I might try this tonight! Thanks! :)

  2. Oh, wow, that looks so good!!! I never know what to do with zucchini. I just might have to do this one! <3

  3. This looks really yummy! I have started grilling all my zucchini's now, they actually have flavor!! :)

    ♥ Johanna
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  4. Sounds delicious! I might try this! I've never tried zucchini besides it being grilled or fried... So this sounds good!:)

  5. That doesn't look like zucchini, we grow zucchini and it's always been green. :O

    It does look pretty fantastic though!!

  6. Oh, I just saw you said one 'yellow' zucchini... sorry about that!
    It still looks really yummy!

  7. Hannah Vantrease -- that's okay. :) After it's been cooked, the green zucchini takes on a yellowish hue. They're both delicious though!

  8. Yummmy, you captured it beautifully!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe! <3

    In our sea of love

  9. That actually looks delicious!! I'll have to try it sometime. :)

  10. Definitely must try this. Zucchini and I are only friends when it's hidden in chocolate cake.

  11. How creative!! I'm not a huge fan of zucchini, onions, or tomatoes, to be honest, (how lame am I?) but the pictures make it look quite tempting! I think I should try it sometime! (:

    <3 Kailyn

  12. I'm not much of a fan of zuchinni either....and I did the same thing a couple weeks ago -- minus the tomato -- and loved it!

  13. Great idea! Zucchini always seems to be overflowing our fridge this time of year and it always seems pretty easy to get tired of :)

  14. I am a HUGE zuchinni fan and this little recipe is right up my alley! Thank you sharing!

  15. I cannot believe that I missed that dinner. Sigh. And bigger sigh. And I'm getting you zucchini for dinner tonight so you can make it for me. :)

  16. YUM! get in mah belleh!

  17. I'm not a big veggie fan myself. But you make that look nom nom nom nummie. ;)


  18. This looks so yummy! I like zucchini, but I know many who do not, but I think it is all in how you prepare this! Fun blog!

    Liesl :)

  19. I adore Zucchini and this is my absolute favorite way to eat it. My mom has been preparing it this way since before I can remember. People who don't like zucchini have obviously never tried it like this.