Posted on 01 September 2008 by

What to Do With Too Much Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Swiss Chard?

By Cindy Naas

Even small gardens can produce staggering amounts of some veggies.

Here are some suggestions and recipes to use up all of the zucchini, chard and tomatoes your garden might be producing right now.

Assuming that all of your neighbors have stopped answering the door when they see you approach with a bag of fresh veggies, you can still use up your harvest without eating the same thing every night.


Zucchini can be blanched and frozen in slices, or steamed, pureed and frozen pre-measured for making zucchini bread later this year. Or, try these recipes:

Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • juice from 1 whole fresh lemon1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Mix milk and lemon juice, set aside. Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl. Add milk, vanilla, eggs and stir in zucchini. Carefully fold in cranberries. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Makes a dozen muffins.


I can’t imagine having too many tomatoes, but I have heard this complaint from friends. If you tire of tomato sandwiches, fresh tomatoes warm from the vine and fresh tomatoes sliced and dressed with olive oil and wine vinegar, try this fresh tomato salsa:

Tomato Peach Salsa

  • 2 large ripe fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 3 large ripe peaches, diced, save juice
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • juice from two limes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Mix all ingredients and let sit at room temperature for an hour before serving to blend flavours.

Swiss Chard

Chard can be lightly steamed and then frozen for later use. You can also make this simple dish which I serve as part of an antipasto platter. Along with some good cheese, fresh tomato slices, some pickles and maybe some salami, this makes a nice appetizer to enjoy with a glass of wine- maybe outside in your garden?

  • 2 pounds of fresh chard, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

In large saute pan, cook onions over medium in olive oil. When onions just begin to brown, add chard and garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Saute until chard is tender. Remove from heat, add vinegar, and allow to cool slightly before serving.

5 Responses to “What to Do With Too Much Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Swiss Chard?”

  1. Shibaguyz Says:

    Ummm… too much?? What’s that??? 😉

  2. Nancy Bond Says:

    “What to Do With Too Much Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Swiss Chard?”

    Fed Ex them to me?? 😉 The recipes look/sound delicious!

  3. Cindy Says:

    LOL! I know, I never have too much of anything- I have four sons, and ‘too much’ is a concept I rarely have to deal with.

    Nancy, the muffins are really yummy! I am going out to a local organic farm this weekend to stock up on zucchini so I can freeze some of the muffins.

  4. karen Says:

    I have an unusual use for excess zucchini and it requires no preparation, no cooking, and there is never a leftover. I live on a narrow country road that should be quiet, but since a recent influx of newcomers who have turned corn fields into acres of grass with ill-conceived houses plunked in the center, my quiet road has become a race track. Oversize zucchini make ideal speed bumps! Simply place a few in the road. Cars roar over the hill crest, encounter the unexpected greenery in the roadway and instantly hit the brakes. True, they are only good for a few hits, but as fast as zucchini grow, this isn’t a problem, is it?

  5. Handful Says:

    LMAO! I have this problem as well…small farmers selling out and new houses with TEENAGERS driving like idiots. I live in the flatlands though. I may still give it a try!

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