Zucchini Banana Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

Every bite of this wholesome bread is jam-packed with flavor that begins and ends with bananas! The zucchini fades into the background and banana takes front and center stage. Together they add incredible moistness and replace the fat that is usually found in recipes like this – no butter or oil is required!… 

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Oven Fried Zucchini Chips with Basil Dipping Sauce

To make these ‘chips’ sliced zucchini is dredged in milk and coated with a seasoned Parmesan and bread crumb mixture then oven-fried to a lovely shade of golden brown. Crunchy on the outside and creamy in the middle, they are an excellent stand-in for french fries or onion rings…. 

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Roasted Herbs de Provence Vegetables and Pasta

Slow-roasted fennel, grape tomatoes, onion, black olives and zucchini seasoned generously with Herbs de Provence and tossed with pasta makes an effortless meal full of all sorts of deliciousness. Chewy, al dente pasta is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the melange of soft, tender vegetables and aromatic herbs…. 

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Italian-style Goulash

Italian-Style Goulash

I was all set to make a simple “American” type goulash with ground beef, tomatoes, pasta and cheddar cheese until I opened up my crisper drawer and spied zucchini! And only a mere minute after my Dad asked me if I was making Italian goulash?! How’s that for fate? In the wink of an eye this dish came together…. 

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Zucchini and Linguine with Bacon Corn Pesto

Zucchini Ribbons and Linguine with Bacon Corn Pesto

A recipe that brings the end of summer harvest together with fresh corn, zucchini and basil in a creamy, luscious pasta dish. Given my love of fresh corn I knew the moment I laid eyes on this pesto recipe in bon appetit that I would be making it in some form or another. In the back of my mind was this subtle craving for zucchini noodles mixed with long pasta that was patiently waiting for the right recipe to come along. This was perfect for it.

The pesto is made with quickly sauteed corn and garlic along with walnuts or pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. The pasta water is crucial for loosening up the pesto and turning it into a smooth sauce that will coat your noodles evenly. I found that it didn’t quite need all the pesto, so you can get two dishes out of one. I’ll post a recipe tomorrow using the leftovers.

The zucchini ribbons add a pop of freshness and lightness that balances out the rich and creamy sauce. The bacon is just as crucial as the pasta water for bringing out the flavor in the corn. It ties the whole dish together and really makes it sing. It’s salty, succulent, sweet, and savory all at the same time making it seriously satisfying. I urge you to make this while there’s still fresh corn and zucchini to be found in the market. It’s extra special and completely delicious!

Zucchini Ribbons and Linquine with Bacon Corn Pesto

Zucchini and Linguine with Bacon Corn Pesto
(adapted from Bon Appetit)

6 slices bacon
4 cups corn, fresh cut from about 6 ears
4 garlic cloves, minced, evenly divided
1 1/4 teaspoons sea or coarse kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated, plus more for serving
1/3 cup walnuts or pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 -1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10 ounces linguine (like Barila whole grain)
1-2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 medium zucchini, cut in ribbons using a potato peeler or mandolin

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy and brown, set aside on paper towels to drain. Drain grease from skillet all but 1 tablespoon. Over medium-low heat add corn, garlic, salt and pepper sautéing until corn is tender but not browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer 1 and 1/2 cups corn to small bowl and set aside. Add remaining corn to the bowl of a food processor along with Parmesan, pine nuts and 1/3 cup basil. With machine running, add olive oil through feed tube and blend until pesto is almost smooth, set aside.

2. Start the pasta water cooking in a large pot of boiling salted water cooking until al dente and reserving 1 and 1/2 cups of the pasta water. Meanwhile in the same skillet heat 1 to 2 tablespoons over medium-low heat, add garlic and zucchini ribbons saute about 5 minutes just until zucchini starts to break down and becomes tender.

3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add half of the corn pesto and corn kernels, tossing over low heat until warmed through, adding reserved pasta water by 1/4 cupfuls and additional corn pesto if needed until you get a smooth thin consistency and all the noodles are coated evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup basil leaves over top and serve with a sprinkle of bacon crumbles and Parmesan cheese.

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Corn Tomato and Zucchini Soup

A light and healthy soup recipe brimming with all your favorite late summer vegetables. I’m a firm believer in eating soups all year around. Especially when the emphasis is on seasonal vegetables.

It’s a great way to take advantage of the abundance of zucchini and tomatoes overflowing your garden and flooding the markets. Besides, I don’t know of any rule that says you must eat soup piping hot. Lukewarm is fine. … 

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Ratatouille Pasta

Ratatouille Pasta

I am honored to announce I will be hosting Presto Pasta Nights this week!
For those of you who don’t know – it’s a weekly pasta event for bloggers that was started by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast. Any dish that includes pasta in one of its many forms is eligible. Be sure to mention that you are submitting it to Presto Pasta Nights with a link to the website and mention that I am hosting with a link back to me. Then send me your entries: cinnamonyspice (at) gmail (dot) com and cc ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com by Friday the 18th (by 3 p.m.) with the permalink, your name, your blog’s name, and the name of your dish. Check the submission guidelines for more information. Don’t forget to check back here on Friday night for the round-up of carbilicious deliciousness!

presto pasta nights

My entry is this nourishing and wholesome vegetable-packed Ratatouille pasta. Thinly sliced zucchini and eggplant are sauted and flavored with garlic, onion and Italian seasonings then simmered with tomatoes and artichokes to make this quick, easy and light dish.

This is a new favorite of mine that I actually get cravings for. It’s given me a new appreciation for zucchini, a veggie I’ve not thought of fondly in the past. This is a very forgiving recipe; add more veggies or omit one. My Mom makes it with just zucchini and tomato. This recipe grew from hers.

The secret here is to slice the zucchini and eggplant real thin and then into bite-size pieces or you will end-up with thick slices of mushy, unappealing vegetables. I eat this as a main dish but it may not be hearty enough for some. Serve it as a side or toss in some cooked protein like chicken or shrimp if that’s the case. Serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin Olive oil, generously topped with Parmesan and crusty bread.

Ratatouille Pasta

Ratatouille Pasta
(by Reeni)(serves 3 as a main dish)
1 large Yellow Onion, diced
Olive oil for sauteing
Sea salt and fresh pepper
4 cloves Garlic, minced
3 cups Zucchini, peeled, thinly sliced(1/8 of an inch), cut into bite size pieces
3 cups Eggplant, peeled, thinly sliced(1/8 of an inch), cut into bite size pieces
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
14 ounce can of Artichokes, rinsed, chopped into bite size pieces
14 ounce can Diced Tomatoes
8 ounces Spaghetti (like Barila Whole Grain)
Extra Virgin Olive oil, for serving
Fresh grated Parmesan or Romano, for serving
1. Saute the yellow onion in a large skillet or saute pan with enough Olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan, over medium-low heat until tender and translucent. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic, saute until fragrant.
2. Add another tablespoon of Olive oil and the zucchini, eggplant and Italian seasoning. Continue sauteing until the zucchini and eggplant start to break down and become limp and tender.
3. Add the artichokes and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer for ten – fifteen minutes. Taste and re-season if needed.
4. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti to al dente according to package directions.
5 Toss with pasta and serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin Olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

Do you eat whole wheat or whole grain pastas? Have a hard time convincing your family to eat them? I have to share another secret: Barila Whole Grain tastes just like regular pasta. It has the same exact texture, flavor, and consistency. I’ve tried a lot of different whole wheat/grain ones where the texture or flavor was weird. I promise you this is not. Your family won’t even know the difference if you tell them it’s regular pasta. I promise.

Ratatouille Pasta

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