I am not a French fry kind of gal. I love baked sweet potato fries, but the deep-fried French fries don't appeal to me. I had some zucchini that needed to be used, so I decided to try baked zucchini fries.
I asked my husband if he wanted some of my fries, and he turned up his nose. I was kind of surprised because he loves baked sweet potato fries too, and most vegetables. He didn't like the idea of baking zucchini and calling them fries, though. They sounded "too healthy" to be good. So I went along my merry way preparing the fries. He decided to make some zucchini fries too -- but he fried his in olive oil on the stove.
When we sat down to eat dinner together, he asked if he could try one of MY healthy fries. I had already tasted one and knew they were downright delicious, so of course I shared. He tasted one, and then another and another. He loved them! He thought they were much better than his fried fries. Ha! The healthy fries win! Yahoo!
If you are looking for a healthy alternative to fries, give these a try. We dipped them in homemade marinara sauce. You can use store-bought if you wish. These fries make a great side to any meal or a fun snack! Don't forget about this recipe -- I know it will come in handy when you have summer zucchini growing out your ears.
Baked Zucchini Fries
- 3 medium zucchini, sliced into skinny sticks
- 2 large egg whites, beaten
- 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (we make our own)
- 2 T grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- Pinch of dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, beat egg whites with a fork until frothy.
Put the breadcrumbs, basil, oregano, garlic powder and cheese on a plate-I used a pie tin. Mix well.
Dip the zucchini sticks in the egg whites and then into the bread crumb mixture, making sure all sides get coated well. Place the sticks on the prepared baking sheet. I did the sticks one by one.
Bake at 425° for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a little crispy. I turned over the fries half way through. Serve warm. We like to dip ours in marinara sauce.
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