Late August means bumper crops of tomatoes, peaches, corn and yes, zucchini.  I’ll be perfectly honest with you, zucchini isn’t my favorite vegetable but this IS the 2nd blog that I’ve written about it in a month so you probably think that I’m nuts for it!  This time of year zucchini is grown locally (as in, “next door”), abundant (as in, “you can’t give the stuff away”) and cheap (as in, “29 cents a piece”).  I’m going to have to credit Geoff with coming up with the inspiration for this recipe:  He decided to cook me a vegan dinner last Friday and found a spiced quinoa-zucchini recipe online.  I modified the zucchini preparation just a bit.  The zucchini is great chopped up and put into a grain or green salad or served whole as a side dish. Who would have thought that zucchini could be prepared to the point of being almost interesting?   If you can source smoked paprika, you will take this Plain Jane of a vegetable to another level.

Fragrant Spiced Zucchini on the Grill

Spice-Grilled Zucchini

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp ground Tumeric
  • 2 tsp Paprika or Smoked Paprika
  • 4 medium Zucchini, sliced in quarters lengthwise
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to season

Prepartion

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat
  • In shallow dish, combine Olive Oil, Garlic, Cumin, Tumeric and Paprika
  • Place Zucchini in dish and coat with Tumeric mixture.  Let Zucchini marinate at least 20 minutes
  • Just before grilling, season Zucchini with Salt and Pepper
  • Place on grill. Cook about 5-7 minutes on one side. Flip and cook another 4-6 minutes
  • Remove from heat and enjoy whole or chopped into a salad or relish

Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Grilled Zucchini

NOTE:  You could also roast the zucchini for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven

Oh, and about that bee sting:  I have two more big races this season: In two weeks plus I have the Triathlon 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas and in October I’ll be back on the Big Island of Hawaii racing the Ironman World Championships.  I was so lucky to have qualified for both; I’m beyond thrilled!  This is the first season that I’ve been gung ho about training after I’ve done a summer Ironman.  I’m usually burned out.

The bee just before the sting and death. He looks so happy.........

So “gung ho” me is out on a training ride yesterday and I get stung just below the eye by a bee.   Twenty-four hours, later my eye is still swollen shut; which means that I’m probably modifying my workouts today.   And benedryl is by no means a friend of productivity OR triathlon training. That s$#@ knocks you out (missed two meetings yesterday)! My point relates back to the last post that “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”.  Dang, just when the training was coming along splendidly I GOT STUNG BY A BEE DOT DOT DOT Swimming is out the question as the pressure from the goggles causes the area around the eye to swell (I learned that the hard way yesterday after I swam post-bee sting).  Thank god I’m a three-sport gal…I wonder if I can bike and watch my tape of Real Housewives of New Jersey out of only the right eye.

Me 24 hours after sting. That's so hot!

Just kidding coach Kurt—I’ll hit the road.