Thursday, August 22, 2013

Too Much Squash

I harvested 10 large summer squash last evening. Then, since we're going away for a long weekend, i grated them all in the food processor and froze them in baggies.

10 large squash are unpleasant. Actually, the squash themselves are pleasant, but the thought, "What the heck am i going to do with all this?" is unpleasant.

We could grumble and complain and thereby perpetuate the unpleasant, but that just makes us grumpy.

The Buddha suggests we recognize unwholesome mind states and end them.
He also suggests we give rise to wholesome mind states and figure out how to continue those.

So how can we give rise to a wholesome or skillful mind state around 10 BIG summer squash?
(Your suggestions are appreciated.)

  1. Give them away (and thereby practice generosity).
  2. Put them in the neighbors' mailboxes and get an additional chuckle.
  3. Grate them, as i did, and freeze for winter localvoring. 
  4. Throw them away. There. That was way too easy. Done. And your compost pile will be so happy.

Here's my favorite recipe for grated summer squash or zucchini:

Blond Brownies
  • 1/3 cup canola or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Then add:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of salt

After mixing, add:
  • 1 cup grated zucchini or summer squash, drain and squeeze all the water out
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts 

Turn into a greased 8x8 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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