Tis the season! If you are a gardening hobbyist in the Midwest, odds are you are flush with zucchini right about now. But as a student exclaimed the other day, "I can't eat another zoodle."
Yeah, yeah. I get it. Spiralized zucchini is a totally Whole 30 way to enjoy pasta without the pasta. But you know what else that zucchini replaces? Meat!
Whether a chicken parm or breaded chicken add-on to a delicious stuffed pepper, pasta or salad recipe, breaded meat appears in a lot of yummy comfort food recipes. Why not swap the meat for the fleshy flavor-absorbing joy that is the zucchini squash? Make it "better" by eliminating the energy dense oils typically used in frying and opt for a baked version, instead. Double win.
1 large zucchini, sliced into 1" pieces
1/4 c bread crumbs (or almond meal for gluten-free)
2 tbsp grated Romano cheese (or nutritional yeast for dairy-free)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp milk (almond milk for dairy-free)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Combine egg, milk, and garlic. Whisk well and place aside for 5 minutes so flavors can marry.
Combine bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, pepper and salt.
Cut zucchini on the bias, creating 1" thick slices.
Line baking sheet with parchment or silicon liner.
Dunk each zucchini slice into egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off, then dredge in bread crumb mixture, and transfer to baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and return to oven for 10 more minutes, or until golden brown.
Enjoy on its own, with a zesty ranch dipping sauce, chopped in a stuffed pepper as a meat replacement, or my personal fave, over a puddle of marinara and with a sprinkle of grated cheese. Yum!
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