Veggies aren’t exactly a favorite thing for my kids right now and because I am a vegetarian, this is kind of a problem.
Adding to this problem is the fact that I am 100% positive, that over the course of my tenure as “Mother” of this family unit, I have made every, single, healthy-eating mistake in the book. In my never-ending quest to find ways to make my children eat better, I’ve discovered you are no longer supposed to identify foods as healthy and unhealthy OR tell your children to “eat their food” OR bribe them with candy.
So what’s next? IV drips of vitamin K? $8 kale smoothies every day of the week? Curling up in the fetal position and waving a white flag (which, truth be told, might be kind of hard to do from the fetal position)?
Nah. Let’s make some fries.
Here’s what you’ll need
2 zucchinis cut into “fry-like” strips
1 cup milk (you may need a splash or so more, depending on your battering technique)
2 cups seasoned, whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 finely grated Parmesan cheese
Optional Dipping sauce:
1 Tbs. Sriacha
3 Tbs. plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbs. lime juice
Here’s what you’ll do
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and take off your sweatshirt. Because if you’re in a fry-making place, you’re probably wearing a giant sweatshirt and yoga pants (I always am) and it’s about to get hot in herrrrr.
- Grease a cookie sheet with your preferred lubricant 😉
- Pour milk into a medium-sized bowl and add egg. Whisk until combined.
- Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in separate medium-sized bowl (anyone else find it almost impossible to spell Parmesan correctly on the first try? It’s literally never happened to me)
- Grab a big hand full of your zucchini fries and plop them into your milky-egg mixture. Be sure to cover each fry completely.
- Plop that same handful of fries into your breadcrumb mixture. Be sure to cover each fry on all sides, otherwise the slippery vegetable skin might be detected by your child’s uncannily perceptive taste/texture receptors.
- Spread fries evenly over greased baking sheet
- Repeat until you’ve coated and placed all fries
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. I like to throw on the broiler for a few minutes after they’re done baking, just to add an additional level of crispiness.
If you’re anything like me, your face will look my son’s (the little guy on the right) when you try them!