Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guest Post: Baked Zucchini Bites

So excited to be able to share a post with Kelli's readers today! My name is Amanda, and I blog at Serenity Now, a lifestyle blog. Something I've been thinking a lot about lately is eating healthy, and what better way than to use those things in our garden called vegetables? I know it sounds crazy, but I thought "Wouldn't it be cool if I could find a good use for those greeny things I've been growing all summer?"

My sister is a great cook, and she shared a zucchini recipe with me that I just had to try. Before you click away, let me just say that I normally find zucchini to be fairly blech unless it is all shredded up in a sweet bread recipe. I found this recipe to be absolutely delicious....I make such an effort for my girls to eat balanced meals--it's time for me to do the same!


Baked Zucchini Bites

Ingredients:

1-2 Large Zucchinis (depending on how many "bites" you want)

Bread Crumbs

Egg Yolk

Herbs

Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper, to taste




My grocery was out of bread crumbs when I rushed in with two cranky kids, so I had to settle for herb seasoned stuffing mix, which I crushed in a plastic baggie with a rolling pin and placed in a small plastic container:


I sliced my zucchini into thin pieces and set up a little "dipping station." (Please forgive the photos...a thunderstorm came through as I was cooking and ruined my lighting--a blogger's worst nightmare!)


The first station was to dip a slice into the egg, then coat with bread crumbs and set aside:









I placed the zucchini bites in a single layer on a baking sheet and baked them for 20 minutes at 450 degrees F. I was rewarded with a nice plate of tasty veggies!


Paired with a small salad and some chicken, it was a great dinner. I'll be posting the recipe for the Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce soon if you're interested in a great veggie dip/spread:


What are some ways you "dress up" healthy food to make it tasty for your family?

Thank you so much, Kelli, for sharing your blog with me today!
I hope Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM readers will stop by Serenity Now to say hi. You'll find crafts, thrifty decorating, recipes, and more at my blog. I also host a weekly Weekend Bloggy Reading party for bloggers to share their best post of the week. I'd love to "see" you there!
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12 comments:

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Oooh yummy! I've made something similar but in fries & sprinkled some grated parmesean on top too. Nice to know the bread stuffing would work in a pinch too! :-)

Richella said...

These look absolutely delicious, especially with that sauce. I never would have thought about baking these--I've seen similar things but they've all been fried, so I haven't paid attention to the recipes. I figured we didn't need one more fried thing in our diets! But these look both yummy and not bad for you.

Would you believe that I rarely buy bread crumbs any more? We always have a big bag of croutons on hand for use in salads. When I need bread crumbs, I just throw some croutons into the food processor. I like the fact that I can make the crumbs coarse or fine depending on what I'm cooking.

Erin said...

This looks wonderful! We love zucchini here so this would be perfect! Thanks!!!

Nichol said...

I make them similar and love them. My kids won't touch zucchini so more for me:)

Southern Sisters said...

oh that looks so yummy!!!!

Paula said...

I am definitely trying your recipe. I have a fresh picked zuchini on my counter that I've been wondering something different I could do with it. This summer I've grilled zuchini; sauted it; dipped it in pancake batter, cooked it like a pancake, and then sprinkled it with sugar; and roasted it. Your recipe will be something new for us!

Joanna said...

This looks and sounds amazing! This is one veggie that I actually eat. I'll have to give this a try to change things up a bit.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

My kids love seasoned stuffing mix. They'd eat it by the handfuls if I'd let them. This recipe should be a winner at our house.

raisingmiles said...

I am making the zucchini on Sunday. Would love the dip recipe...pretty please?

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh those look so yummy! My husband and I love zucchini, I just know he'd love this!

Heather951 said...

These look delish! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to make them!

Makeup By LisaMarie said...

mmmmmmm this looks so yummy it's making me hungry! I think I'm gonna make this tonight with dinner!!
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