How to Make Crunchy Zucchini Fries

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.

Whoops.

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.

Crunchy Zucchini Fries

Here’s what you’ll need

2 zucchinis cut into “fry-like” strips

1 egg

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!

Happy kids

27 Comments

  1. Those sound so amazing! I may even be able to trick my husband into eating these lol.

  2. I seriously can’t wait to try this. YUM!

  3. I have to try these! My daughter would LOVE them.

  4. Drooling over here! I love making different versions of fries and zucchini is a fave in our house. 😀 YUM.

  5. These look SO DELICIOUS. I have to say, I’m lucky to have two kids that absolutely LOVE veggies.

  6. Love the picture at the end! Haha! These look so yummy!

  7. I love zucchini! Will definitely have to try then…I need all the help I can getting veggies in my kiddos. Thanks for your sharing. Your son’s face in that photo! love it lol!

  8. I’ve been dying to try to make these! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh my gosh what an awesome idea! I NEED to try these out, they look absolutely delicious!

  10. Those look delicious and your recipe is so easy! My kiddos would love them!

  11. Oh girl this looks so good! I need a new recipe for my zucchinies!

  12. I love zucchinies and this is the way I like to be cooked!

  13. I need to make these, YUM!

  14. Oh my gosh your son’s face is classic!!! I’m in a major veggie rut so these are so great!!!

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