1st- Let me disclaimer that I'm not including herbs. I have those in pots year round and walk out my back door to get them as needed.
Also - not pictured...2 strawberries and 2 sweet million tomatoes. Ooops. The strawberries never made it into the house. But they were yummy. The same with those two tomatoes. One I ate and 1 went to my mother in law who was visiting.
I have to admit that I'm not a huge zucchini fan. I know, shocker. I normally grow a few plants for some bread recipes (like zucchini bread). Really, it's the mushy texture for me that's the turn off. But since I'm working on a vegetable cookbook, I thought I should try some other ways to make it. And I'll also admit that seeing 'zoodle' recipes around Pinterest has peaked my interest.
So here's what I ended up making with my 2 zucchini, a nice little zoodle lunch for 1. (By the way, this was totally yummy! I'm contemplating adding more plants to my garden now.)
And here's how you can make it on your own:
Lemon Zoodles with Pancetta and Pecorino
(about 12 minutes start to finish)
Serves 1 for main dish or 2 side dishes
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 oz pancetta in small cubes
2 garlic cloves minced
Zest and juice from half a lemon
1/4 c grated or shredded pecorino cheese (you can sub Parmesan if you can't find pecorino)
Start the olive oil in a pan. When it's warm, add the cubed pancetta in and let it get all crispy.
Meanwhile, spiralize the 2 zucchini. If you don't have a spiralizer you can use a vegetable peeler to slice thin strips, then cut them into skinnier slivers if you like.
Once the pancetta is almost crispy (4 ish minutes), add the garlic in and let it just start to turn golden (takes less than 2 minutes on my stove).
Then toss in the zoodles, lemon zest and juice. Stir it around until the noodles just start to soften.
Plate and sprinkle with pecorino. Taste for salting. I find with the pancetta and cheese it doesn't really need salt, but some people like their food salty. ;)
Do you have any zucchini recipes that I just HAVE to try? Let me know in the comments!