Thursday, July 15, 2010

Savory Zucchini Bread

My first tri of the season is this Sunday.  At this point I am usually excited, a little nervous, anxious....  but not today.   I haven't mentioned it, but my right foot's been bothering me since I got back from Italy.  I cut back on the frequency of my runs, but when it started to hurt when walking, I called and made an appointment with the doctor.

I left with orders to not run for a few weeks.  Likely tendinitis,  I've already got an x-ray and appointment with a podiatrist lined up to rule out a stress fracture and (hopefully) figure things out in a couple of weeks.   It's been rough, I'm not going to lie.

But this bread made me smile.  And made my stomach very happy.  I used it to thank people for some of the little things they have done for me lately.  And they loved it as well.  If you're looking for a twist on traditional zucchini bread, I'd highly recommend it.

Like all of nature's bounty, zucchini has its seasons.  And I'd like to be competing in triathlons for many more zucchini seasons.  So I will continue to observe my hiatus from running...  it's been almost two weeks.  At least I can still bike and swim.  And eat zucchini bread ;)



Savory Zucchini Bread
adapted from Food Blogga
Yield:  1 9x5 loaf, or 3 smaller loaves

1 1/2c white whole wheat flour
1/2t salt
1/4t fresh ground pepper
1/2t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
1 lg egg
1 lg egg white
3/4c evaporated cane juice (sugar)
1/2c canola oil (I use Smart Balance blend)
1c shredded zucchini (mine was heaping)
1/4c sliced spring onions
1/2c crumbled feta (or whatever cheese you have on hand)
1/4c Daregal Fresh Frozen Original Herb Blend  (or whatever you have on hand)
pepitas (pumpkin seeds), for garnish

Preheat oven to 350deg.  Coat pan(s) with nonstick cooking spray.  Place shredded zucchini on paper towel to remove a excess moisture.

Beat egg, egg white and sugar in mixer.  Add oil and continue mixing until well combined.  Add in dry ingredients and mix by hand.  Fold in zucchini, onions, feta and herbs.  Pour batter into prepared pans and top with a sprinkling of pepitas.

Bake larger loaf for 50-60min, or until tester comes out clean.  Smaller loaves will take 30-40min.  Cool 5-10min in pan, then remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

25 comments:

Adrienne said...

Ugh, sorry to hear about your foot! That is such a bummer :(

But I do love the idea of a savory zucchini bread, I'll be giving this one a try!

Lauren said...

Such a bummer about your foot :(. I've been thinking more about seeing a specialist for my knee problems - so annoying!

I like the idea of savory zucchini bread! I've been enjoying the summer veggie sauteed with pasta and shredded w/ feta cheese, but have yet to bake with it. This bread sounds great!

sweetomhaven said...

The bread looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! :)

brandi said...

I hope your foot feels tons better the day of the race and heals up quickly!

I've never thought of doing a savory zucchini bread, but it sounds delicious.

Natalie said...

what a great idea---i love savory breads but have so few recipes for them. i can't wait to try this...i need to find someone looking to unload some zucchini :)

Tiny Urban Kitchen said...

What a healthy bread! Best of luck on on the race!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

I hope the foot feels better soon!!
At least you have tasty zucchini bread to nibble on!!! YUMMO!

Trying To Heal said...

sorry about the foot!

and love the idea of a savory zucchini bread! genius! i'm totally making this after i get to the market for some zucchini!

Joanne said...

Oh sweetie I'm so sorry you're going through all this! As someone who has been injured for nine months now...I totally empathize. While I hope it's not a stress fracture, at least you know that if it is, it will heal and you will be done with it!

This zucchini bread looks fabulous. It would totally lift my spirits after an injury!

vanillasugar said...

chances are its nothing serious but tendonitis...you need to lay off it during these hot days; the hot & humid weather really puts more sress on your joints.
i am just getting over a middle ear infection, not fun at all, but had to take prednisone for it. and now just starting to wean myself off prednisone. what a very powerful drug.
i'm supposed to talk about the bread! LOL

Kelly said...

So sorry to hear about your foot. Rest up and hope you feel better. Your zucchini bread sounds amazing though. I love the idea of doing a savory version.

*Naomi* said...

that bread looks delicious!!!

Faith @ LovelyAsCharged said...

Even when I hated most veggies, zucchini bread was always one of my favorites...especially with nuts thrown in!

biz319 said...

That stinks about your foot, but at least you were able to continue your swimming and biking - fingers crossed all will be well!

I love zucchini bread - my grandma made the best one and I just had to have her recipe. Guess what? Hers called for 2 cups of oil! No wonder it was so moist!

Juliana said...

Oh! Sorry about your foot...but the zucchini bread looks fabulous...

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

YUM! That bread looks wonderful! I am also so so so sorry about your foot. Hang in there honey!

Kerstin said...

Good luck at your "practice run" tomorrow - I know you'll rock it and that you'll be back to running in no time! I already can't wait to hear the recap :)

Oh, and the bread looks fantastic too!

Cara said...

good luck with the rest of your training, so sorry about your foot! I've never made a savory quick bread, this sounds great.

Elina said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry. Are you going to just do the swim/bike part? I'm making a sad face right now... :(

The zucchini bread sounds pretty awesome. How are you eating it - just like a snack?

She-Fit said...

Oh man, Zucchini Bread is my favorite! I'm definitely going to use this recipe.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

This is one way I haven't enjoyed zucchini yet! But it's definitely on my list - I love your version with feta cheese! Sorry about your foot - hope it's nothing too serious.

Momgateway said...

we like this good hearty bread...

MichellePC said...

Mmmm, I love zucchini bread, so I will definitely be trying this savory version!

Chef Fresco said...

I just did my first biathlon last weekend (just swim/run) and let me tell you, I have a new found respect for triathletes! It was hard! But so much fun. Good luck w. yours! The bread looks amazing. I like how you used feta and of course topped it w. pumpkin seeds b/c i can eat those by the handful. :)

Ali Pat said...

Bread is in the oven!

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