June 08, 2012

Fresh Zucchini Oven Chips

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Life has been so crazy lately what with it being the end of the year wrap-up for work, putting a summer event together for 260+ soldiers and their families and, or course, planning a wedding in 4 months. Ahh I still can't believe I am getting married. This all comes at a time where we're also re-organizing our home and putting in new rugs.

Planning a wedding is very exciting but super overwhelming at the same time. We are planning to set our date this weekend for a date in late September or early October of THIS year.

Did you know that when you are planning a wedding in 4 months and look at a wedding checklist... it basically tells you that you needed to get 60% of your wedding planning done like the day after you're engaged. YIKES, not fair!
Thankfully I have two amazing helping hands in my whole wedding process being that I don't have much free time of my own for calls and follow-up. My gf Katie has been wonderful in pulling venues, budgets, caterers, and all things wedding planning and I am so lucky to have her help. My other friend is Pinterest, my loving wedding-bliss board has helped me pull together ideas and really get a feel for what my wedding will look and feel like.

Pinterest is such the idea creater and I love every second of it... for wedding ideas, food recipes, DIY crafts with kids or for around the home, it's just the all around go-to these days. 
So things are slowly moving forward in planning and preparing for the big day with as little stress as I can contain. Nothing has been more comforting than my fiance, my favorite sweats and my get-me-through-the-day snacks.

I am a salty over sweet kind of girl. So show me some double chocolate chip cookies and a bowl of chips and I will sure enough be shoveling those chips one after another. Now I know chips aren't the healthiest of snacks but in a bind and when your tummy's rumbling it's an easy fix to give in and reach for a handful of that salty crunch.

To break this trend I am trying to be more prepared. The better prepared you are with your meals and with your snacking, the better your decisions will be.

I had made apple chips and kale chips before but I had never thought to make zucchini chips. You know just by the sound of them that they would be delicious. Crispy, crunchy and lots of flavor, and for only 61 calories you can totally dig in without any guilt. You want to eat them fresh when they are made. They might get a little sogy if left in a bag overnight but crispy right up again if you put them in the toaster oven.

These zucchini chips let me snack away while still keeping to a healthy diet, and I am a girl that loves her snacks. The parmesan and garlic add such an aromatic smell and taste to these chips that will have everyone reaching for more. Try them at your next summer barbeque or cocktail party, they will be a hit.

Zucchini Oven Chips
Servings: 4


Ingredients

1/4 cup dry whole wheat breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp low-fat milk (or almond milk)
2 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini (about 2 small)
Cooking spray 


Preheat oven to 425°.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place coated slices on an ovenproof wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until browned and crisp. Serve immediately.

Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Recipe adopted by Cooking Light


Nutrition
Per Serving: 61 calories; 1.9g fat' 3.8g protein; 7.6g carbohydrate; 1g fiber; 5mg cholesterol; 231mg sodium; 87mg calcium



Enjoy!

13 comments:

Autumn@GoodEatsGirl said...

These look like the perfect snack or side for dinner! I love zucchini!

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies said...

Great idea! Look forward to giving these a try when my garden is overflowing with zucchini!

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Yummy. I love zucchini chips and make them all the time. Such a much healthier alternative to my beloved fried zucchini. Your photos of them are great!

Carolyn said...

Hmmm, don't know if my last comment posted...these look amazing, though!

Simona said...

Hello Laura, I'm writing from Italy. Congratulations for your blog... is very cute! I really want to taste this recipe!!

Mama F said...

This looks so yummy and I have been on the look out for some new zucchini recipes. Our zucchini plant in our garden decided to grow super powers this year and I have so many I don't know what to do!

Anonymous said...

i just baked my chips. they turned out pretty good, the zucchini wasn't too crunchy but the parmesan and bread crumbs certainly were. thank you for a good idea!

Geri Saucier said...

These chips look delish:) What a healthy alternative to deep frying the veggies. I can picture myself eating these dipped in a Dill Dip. Thanks for the great post and Congratulations on Foodbuzz Top 9:)

The Saucy Gourmet said...

wow, these look incredible, can't wait to try them!!

Steve @ the black peppercorn said...

congrats on your upcoming wedding, congrats on the foodbuzz top 9 and congrats on these delicious zucchini chips.

Amanda Calamoneri said...

These look amazing!!!! super cute IDEA!!! can't wait to try!!!!

brthomas said...

Another quick easy way to spice up the zucchini snack chips is to spread jalapeno hot pepper sauce or other favorite sauces on the zucchini slices before baking.

Emily said...

I made this recipe for the SRC posting. They were a great way to use zucchini and a healthy side for our burgers. Thanks!