Tired of the same ole' side dish?
How often do you cook the same side dishes? Corn, green beans, potatoes (mashed or baked). Sound familiar??
Side dishes are an important part of the meal that are often overlooked. I know that I surely get in a rut and cook the same sides over and over! Everyone can use a little exploring in the side dish arena. I mean, they are such an important part of the meal. It's recommended that 3/4 of your plate contain some sort of side dish, whether it is a starch or vegetable.
So I've been experimenting with side dishes. Bringing more vegetables in to my diet. Low carbs, high fiber, they are GOOD for you! Summertime brings summer squash. I'm lovin' me some squash! So I had some left over zucchini in the frig and needed to use it up before it went bad. So I experimented and decided to make zucchini fries! Oh yea, I said zucchini fries...light, roasted (not fried), breaded bits of tender zucchini, posing as a fry. That's my take on it anyway. More like oven fried zucchini sticks, but I like to call them fries.
Are you excited yet? These are sooooo good! And, what better way to get your kids to eat some veggies by calling them fries!!! Major winner! You can eat them alone, or better yet, serve with a nice creamy dip. I suggest some sour cream and chives, a creamy garlic yogurt dip, or a nice lemon aioli.
What's your favorite new side dish? I love to know...
These are almost too easy to require a recipe, but I did put something together for you.
1 medium zucchini
1/2 c panko bread crumbs
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 t garlic powder
1/2 t Italian seasoning
Optional: creamy dip, or sour cream and chives
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Slice each half into planks and then in to long strips. To make them bite size fries cut each long strip in half across the width.
Beat egg in a dish. Set aside. In another dish place panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and grated cheese. Mix to blend.
Dip sticks in egg and then in the bread crumb mixture. Turn to coat all sides. Place on a wire rack that has been placed inside a cookie sheet. This allows browning on all sides. Bake for 20 min until golden brown and tender.
Serve with a nice creamy dip if desired.