As you’ve likely read here on my blog, this year is my year! I’ve been focusing on “bettering” little things – from not driving around for a better parking spot (so I can get in a few extra steps in daily!), to taking my vitamins, to choosing to eat healthier, I feel like I’m making progress.
Now, did you know that zucchini can make a great cheesy snack that actually qualifies as healthy? I’ve come up with this great, easy to make snack that doubles as a side dish!
While reading through one of the food magazines I subscribe to, I found a lovely zucchini recipe. I tweaked it a bit for our taste buds and now we have a new favorite healthy snack in the house! You guys, these are soooo easy and super quick to make! The first time I made these, I snacked on a whole zucchini after it was cool enough to touch! Yup. It’s just that good! 🙂
Baked Parmesan Zucchini BitesPrint
A delicious and healthy snack that doubles as a side dish! You can also use other herbs such as oregano, basil, and thyme to suit your taste!
- 4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 1 spring rosemary, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- kosher salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper, to taste.
- Line the lengthwise zucchinis on a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
- Spread the parmesan mixture on top of each sliced zucchini. Pat mixture on to make sure it sticks.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and broil for about 4-5 minutes or until crisp and the cheese browns a little bit.
- Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Did you know that zucchini is rich in folates, potassium, and vitamin A? You can also get a good portion of magnesium and manganese from a serving of zucchini. Folate we hear a lot about for pregnant women, but the general population needs them as well. Vitamin A is necessary for good eye health, so don’t shy away from these nutrient-rich gourds.
I like rosemary for the scent, it has a pleasant earthy-woody fragrance. It is a perennial herb and has Carnosic acid in it. According to this NIH report, rosemary’s carnosic acid may be good for anti-cancer diet with pre-determined doses avoiding toxicity.
Of course, science is always changing, but it is pretty clear that fruits and vegetables are good for us. When we add the right added flavors, we can be encouraged to eat more of them, without a fight. For this, these become crisp, light and tasty. Perfect for an after school snack for the kids, and perfect for me to munch on, instead of grabbing chips!