Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baked Zucchini Sticks

My girlfriend Ashley was telling me about a recipe she found of Gina's Skinny Recipes. I have linked to it in  case that is an easier was for you to see the recipe.  I even made the Marinara but I forgot to take a picture of it.
For the record... I would eat this sauce on anything SO GOOD!

Here is the recipe...

Baked Zucchini Sticks | Ginas Skinny Recipes




I guarantee even picky eaters will love these! Serve them as an appetizer or as a side dish. They are healthy and low in points and guiltlessly delicious! My daughter loves, loves, loves these. It's her favorite way to eat zucchini and her only complaint is that I don't make enough.




Baked Zucchini Sticks
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings:
3
Serving Size:
1 zucchini
Old Points:
1.5 pts (sauce extra)
Points+:
3 pts

Calories:
121.9
• Fat:
2.4
• Carbs:
21.0 g
• Fiber:
6.0
• Protein:
6.7 g

  • 3 medium zucchini sliced into 3" x 1/2" sticks
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese ( I used Parmesan cheese)
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • fresh pepper

Quick Marinara Sauce
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings:
6
Serving Size:
1/2 cup
• Old Points:
1 pt
Points+:
1 pt

Calories:
51.5
• Fat:
0.8
• Carbs:
9.0 g
• Fiber: 1.1 • Protein:
0.1 g
 
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I used peeled tomato chunks)
  • 1 small bay leaf (I also left out the leaf since I didn't have one)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Preheat
oven to 425°.


In a medium pot,
heat
olive oil over medium heat.
Add
garlic and
saute
until golden, being careful not to burn.
Add
crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and bay leaf.
Stir
and reduce heat to low.
Cover
and let simmer about 20 minutes.



In a small bowl,
beat
egg whites and
season
with salt and pepper. In a ziplock bag,
place
breadcrumbs, garlic powder and cheese and shake well.
Spray
cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.


Dip
zucchini sticks into eggs then into bread crumb and cheese mixture, a few at a time and shake to coat.
Place
the breaded zucchini in a single layer and
spray
more cooking spray on top.
Bake
at 425° for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve
with 1/2 cup marinara sauce for dipping.


Here are my pictures of the experiment
For the record...I spent the better part of an hour cutting Zucchini sticks...not fun

Picture of the egg wash

Here is a picture before it went int the oven

I forgot to take a final picture because I was to busy stuffing my face..so here is the final from Gina's Skinny Recipes
I didn't use a plastic bag to coat my sticks. I put the mix on a plate and dipped it that way. The bag was getting too messy. I thought they turned out really delicious.  I don't know if I would spend the time making it for just me a Jared. To much work to cut all the sticks. Maybe if you have a fry chopper.

I was so excited for the hubster to try my healthy alternative to fries and his reaction was spitting it out... I was not happy. So if you have a picky eater on your hands you may not have the response you will expect!

Hope you enjoy!

3 comments:

Ashley said...

Can't believe hubs didn't like these. I hafta make them again...they are so good :)

dancing in sunshine. said...

looks yummmmmmy

Jessica Nicole said...

I love these! I am so happy to see a low fat version of them. Thanks so much for sharing!