Looking for a healthy, tasteful, baked zucchini recipe to start using your summer zucchini? Here is a super easy way to get more veggies in your diet in a delicious way!
Baked Zucchini Spears
The most popular recipe on this blog, hands-down, is the recipe for buttery, Parmesan zucchini. I wanted to give you a healthier option for a zucchini side dish with less butter. This recipe uses Olive Oil (a healthy fat) and zucchini itself is a very low calorie food high in vitamins C & A, lutein, and magnesium (from livestrong.com).
As with nearly all of my recipes, ingredient amounts can be modified to taste without greatly changing the outcome. I’m Italian and I am not big on measuring. My great-grandmother left us all of her recipes written as “a pinch” of this and “a dash” of that. Now that I experiment with my own recipes, I get what she meant. Food is more than just nourishment. It is celebration. It is family time. It is tradition. Love is poured into meals by the cook for her/his diners. Great recipes are born out of experiments (and some epic fails). All make for a good story and a great history.
I bet you have a favorite family dining moment that happened over a Sunday dinner or “that time Grandma tried to show you how to replicate her secret recipe for spaghetti sauce”. I clearly remember the first time I attempted to make Nunny’s sauce. It was a milestone in my life (for both me and my Italian mother- but that is another article ;)).
Sorry; I tend to get lost in tradition. So back to zucchini… This is a quick and easy recipe that you can throw together any weeknight or add it to the menu for your weekend cookout. Summer gardens are often overflowing with zucchini so the more ways you have to prepare it, the better 😉
- zucchini (about 1 medium or 3 small zucchini)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 t black pepper
- 1 t garlic powder
- 1 t onion powder
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Slice zucchini into spears. Prepare baking sheet by covering in foil.
- In a small bowl, add olive oil, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder then mix well.
- Toss spears in oil/seasoning mixture until well coated.
- Lay each spear on baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.
- Bake 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees. (If you like a crispier zucchini, cook 20 minutes. For softer zucchini leave in an extra 10 minutes. Check for desired tenderness.)
Keep an eye on the cooking time to get the perfect “crispness” that you enjoy. Add a squeeze of lemon before serving; make it your own. Have fun “experimenting” with recipes, making memories, and developing a love of good food <3
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