Monday, August 18, 2014

Invisible Zucchini Tuna Salad

If you garden--or if someone who loves you, likes you, or barely knows you gardens--then you probably have one of these sitting on your counter right about now. Or four of them. The infamous gargantuan zucchini that has grown past its prime.

If it sits long enough, your helpers might find other uses for it. Like dressing it up in doll clothing.

And then later you might finally enlist some helpers to shred that baby up.

Since one 4-pound zucchini can make about 14 cups of shredded zucchini, finding uses for it becomes a challenge. I have found lots of amazing recipes this summer, and it's actually been kind of fun using our shredded harvest.

One weekend I was proud to have used up a whole 8 cups of shredded zucchini, between the zucchini brownies, the zucchini muffins, zucchini pancakes, and then, in a sudden 'aha' moment, in my own new recipe, Invisible Zucchini Tuna Salad.

*(note; if you want to use 8 cups of shredded zucchini in one recipe, please check this pizza out. It's amazing.)

Back to my tuna salad. If you have a favorite tuna recipe already, or like me, usually just start throwing things together without having the time or interest in looking up a recipe for tuna salad, then just add a cup or two of shredded zucchini to your tried-and-true recipe. It will literally disappear into the folds and valleys of the other ingredients. Your family will never know. This recipe makes a really big bowl full of tuna salad, because we love eating leftovers for lunches, and because I have a teenager whose appetite is becoming increasingly difficult to satiate. ;) Cut back on these ingredients if you don't need to make enough to feed a small army.

*Another note: A few months ago I noticed that all my usual brands of tuna at the grocery store suddenly contained soy. I don't know if it had always been this way and I was just noticing, but I was a bit crestfallen. Then I was indignant. And then angry and defiant. I didn't want soy--more than likely surplus GMO soy that needed used up in creative ways--snuck into my food. Tuna used to be an inexpensive protein for us, but now it is a bit of a luxury that we use occasionally, because I shell out the money for this tuna right here.

Invisible Zucchini Tuna Salad

(as explained above, makes a LOT! Scale back if needed!)

2-3 cans tuna
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/4 c. plain or Greek yogurt
1/4 c. mayo
1/4 c. finely minced onion
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 c. shredded zucchini
1/4 t. celery seed
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper

Mix it all up, and watch the zucchini become INVISIBLE! Quiz your family during the meal about what is in the tuna salad. My family finally gave in and I had to tell them. :)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Short Absence, Big Changes

Finally some yellow! The first of our dozens of sunflowers
have bloomed. I can't figure out the variety of this one!
Still waiting on these sunflowers to bloom,
but in my 4 day absence, they grew to be taller than me.
We planted 4 different varieties, and several came up as volunteers...
we're itching to see what all blooms.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Refrigerator Tea

Let's face it; during the summer, kids crave sweet drinks. At least, mine do.

Friday, July 25, 2014

This Moment

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

(inspired by Soulemama)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Controlling Mites in Your Worm Bin

We have officially become "worm farmers" and we are becoming quite comfortable in the role. We have been watching the bin carefully, not only because we really love watching the little guys burrow, crawl--and in general try desperately to avoid us--but also because we have been trying to make sure we stay aware of any problems that might come up.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stop to Smell Mom's Flowers

What are flowers good for?

Ever since I caught the gardening bug, it seems I've focused heavily only on the veggies. When you are working with a small yard, flowers can sometimes be dismissed as a space-devouring luxury. Not to mention, I tend to be practical to a fault, and for the longest time (well, my whole life, really), I have thought flowers were kind of a waste. Pretty, yes. But what do they do?

Plus, my mom grows flowers. That's her thing. That last little echo of daughter rebellion states that "I do not want to become my mother."