Wednesday, February 29, 2012

baked zucchini chips

My 5-year-old slipped while getting off the bus today. Freezing rain was pelting our faces as I carried him, sobbing, into the house. I saw the fall and knew he wasn't badly hurt. Still, there were an awful lots of tears...

"Mommy, I fell! And I haven't got a playdate. Everyone on the bus had a playdate. And, Jack {his big brother} has a playdate. {True.} And everyone in my class had a playdate. {Doubtful.} And it's raining...." I held him close and rocked him, knowing the tears were the result of a bruised ego. Lunch was ready, but I brought him in close and whispered in his ear, "Guess what?! Today is backwards day. That means playdates you would normally have on half-day Wednesdays get flip-flopped with Fridays. {Handy, since he has a friend coming over on Friday...} And, the wackiest thing about today is we eat dessert for lunch and lunch for dessert!" The crying shifted to more of a muffled giggle.

I recommend eating these right when they come out of the oven. But, if you must, have your dessert first, then enjoy these baked zucchini chips as a veggie side or healthy kid-friendly snack.

Baked Zucchini Chips

2 medium zucchini (sliced, I used my Cuisinart)
1 cup whole milk (or your choice of milk)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
splash of cider vinegar
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan (optional)
1 teaspoon curry powder or dried dill (optional)
dash of kosher salt

Preheat oven to 425. In one bowl, combine milk, flour and vinegar with a whisk until smooth.  In a second bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan (optional), spice(s) (optional) and a dash of salt. Dip each zucchini slice in the milk mixture, then in the breadcrumb mixture. Place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through the cook time. Serve warm, fresh from the oven... or reheat in the oven so they remain crispy. 

Delicious alone, or dipped in store-bought Tzatziki (savory yogurt dip). Or, here's a recipe for Tzatziki, if you'd like to make your own. 


  1. These look yummy! I am familiar with the bus drama. Other kids pair off for playdates sometimes, and my daughter gets upset. Then she wants to call all her friends one by one.

    1. oh, he wouldn't know how to dial a phone if he needed too, but he's our resident drama queen...

  2. What a sweet story about your son. These zucchini chips look so good. It's a great way to get in some veggies!

    1. they really were good. highly recommend them, and you could always grind nut up with the breadcrumbs, etc to increase good fats/protein, etc... lots of customizing options!


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