Friday, July 11, 2014

Healthy Roasted Zucchini "Fries"

Healthy Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries




If you're like me, you've got kids who really don't like vegetables.  In other words, you're a mom.  I struggle a lot of the time to find ways to cook vegetables that don't include covering them in butter for my kids to eat.  While it does get the food in their stomach, it's boring for my tastebuds as an adult, and I'd like a little more gourmet to my meals!  This is one method that gets my kids to eat their zucchini without being a tasteless boring sidedish for me and my husband.

You can modify this to suit your own tastes.  The original recipe calls for lemon zest, but I keep a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge and just use a bit of that to substitute.  I've used a flavored olive oil as well, and that did change up the flavor very nicely.  You can purchase preflavored olive oils or you can make some on your own.  You can also modify the way you incorporate the garlic into the recipe.  Originally, the recipe called for chopped garlic, and that's the way I prepared it for this tutorial.  However, the second time I made these, I used powdered garlic instead, and it was easier to coat the flavored oil over the zucchini sticks.  Next time, I'll try infusing the garlic flavor into the oil with fresh garlic for a few hours before applying it to the zucchini.  You can also use different grated cheeses.  In this I prefer romano and parmesean, but I think a little bit of asiago would be delicious as well.  I grate my super fine, but a slightly thicker strand would be ok, too.  If you try this recipe out, you'll have to comment below with any modifications you make to it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 zucchini, cut into long quarters
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder or 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of grated romano and parmesean cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Healthy Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries

 Preparation:



1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Remove the ends of your zucchini and quarter each lengthwise to create long "fries".  Place them on a foil lined cookie sheet.

Healthy Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries


3. If using fresh garlic, finely mince your garlic and add to your olive oil.  Add your lemon juice and brush over the tops of the zucchini. {You can also put the zucchini and olive oil into a ziploc bag and gently toss to coat them on all sides if you don't have a basting brush to coat them with on the foil.} If you opt to use powdered garlic, you'll sprinkle that on after you've applied the olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper to suit your personal tastes.  I go very lightly on these, but if you like more flavor feel free to add more.

Healthy Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries


4. Top with your grated cheese.


5. Bake 8 minutes on the bottom rack, then switch to the top rack and broil on low for another 4 minutes to crisp up the cheese and create that delicious golden brown top.

Healthy Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries




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