Weekend Menu Planning: Give Zucchini Bread Some New Respect!

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Zucchini can be a garden vegetable that doesn't get much respect this time of year. In fact, coming up on August 8 is Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day, a yearly holiday for anyone trying to deal with an overabundance of zucchini from the garden. Giving away zucchini may be a good solution, but personally, I'd suggest making zucchini bread, one of the most delicious ways to turn too much zucchini into a good problem to have.

Zucchini bread is classified as a quick bread, meaning, the leavening ingredient is baking soda and/or baking powder, not yeast, making it easy enough for everyone to bake it successfully. If you're looking for a summer kitchen project, this would be a fun thing to make with kids. You can use muffin tins to turn the bread into zucchini muffins, and if you have a toaster oven, consider using that to bake the bread so you don't have to heat up the kitchen.

Zucchini bread can be sweet or savory, with endless ideas for ingredients to add interest, such as chocolate chips, nuts, fresh or dried fruits, vegetables, cheese, onions, or herbs. Whether or not you have an excess zucchini problem, here are some creative zucchini bread recipes to try this weekend.

Let's start with the Savory Zucchini Bread with Cilantro, Scallions, and Cheddar from Food Blogga, where I love the use of pepitas to go with the South-of-the-Border flavors. Madeline's Adaptions also has a tasty-sounding Savory Zucchini Bread that includes onions and Parmesan.

At Baking Bites, Nicole used cocoa powder and chocolate chips to make Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread, a sweet bread which Nic says is more like a cake. There's another good-sounding version of Chocolate Zucchini Bread at Amanda's Cookin'.

You can get pretty creative with the flavorings for zucchini bread, and I love the sound of Cardamom Coffee Zucchini Bread from Steamy Kitchen. I think I'd also like the Whole Wheat Blueberry Zucchini Bread from My Baking Addiction.

If you want to eat with your hands, turn your zucchini bread into muffins like the Zucchini Muffins from Simply Recipes. A vegan muffin option is Zucchini Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

There are also a lot of good ideas for zucchini bread that are gluten-free, such as the Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Gluten Free Easily, which uses a gluten-free flour mix. The Grain Free Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread from Joyful Abode would be another gluten-free zucchini bread.

Still More Options for Zucchini Bread:
20 Zucchini Bread Recipes To Try ~ from TipNut
My Special Zucchini Bread ~ from 101 Cookbooks
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread ~ from Rachel's Recipe Box
Zucchini Bread ~ from The Frugal Girl
Whole Wheat Fat-Free Vegan Zucchini Bread ~ from Happy Herbivore
Zucchini Bread Muffins ~ from The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese-Sour Cream Frosting ~ from White on Rice Couple
Mother's Zucchini Bread ~ from The Skinny Gourmet
Cinnamon-alicious Zucchini Bread ~ from Sarah's Cucina Bella
Honey-Sweetened Zucchini Carrot Bread ~ from Wild Yeast

Hopefully there are enough good zucchini bread ideas here to get you through this gardening season, but if you have other good ideas for zucchini bread, please share in the comments!

(Every week on BlogHer, we spotlight five recipes with a common theme for a feature called Weekend Menu Planning, hoping one of them might make it onto the menu at your house. You can find previous recipes shared by checking the Weekend Menu Planning Archives or clicking the tag Weekend Menu Planning.)

Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen, where she's focused on creating low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn's been on a kick for zucchini bread the last two summers, with two of her favorites being Low Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Blueberries and Pecans and Low Sugar and Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

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