Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Parmesan Zucchini Bites

I love pinterest for many reasons--I can save all kinds of pretty pictures, interior design inspiration, crafts, and recipes. And I have another reason to love it because the site gave me the inspiration for this zucchini bites recipe. When I first came across zucchini bites, I thought they looked like a healthy, yummy snack. I was not prepared for how absolutely divine these things turned tasted. They're just as addictive as potato chips but so much better for you. Plus, they're super easy to make.

2 medium zucchini
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Slice zucchini into rounds with a quarter inch thickness. In a bowl, mix the olive oil and butter then toss with the zucchini pieces. Combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl. Dip the bites into the cheese mixture, coating both sides, and place on the baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the zucchini bites have browned and crisped.


So I could eat these every single day and never get tired of them. But I have healthified the recipe a bit. I substituted zero-calorie cooking spray for the olive oil and got rid of the breadcrumbs and cheese. So basically what I do now is spray the cookie sheet with the cooking spray, lay the zucchini circles in a single layer, spray the tops of the squash with the cooking spray then season with garlic powder and onion salt, and bake as before. These have been a hit with my family and Eric's. Enjoy!

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