Zucchini Sticks – the name given to our main course at dinner tonight by the only one who really gave it a chance. It was a bold attempt at having the girls eat something fairly new. I thought it was just fantastic. The 3 giggly girls didn’t really agree with me.
E liked it a lot except all of the flavors wouldn’t stay mixed once she bit into it. The toppings slid off in her mouth.
L tried it.
J barely even touched it.
Unfortunate fail because really, it was very good! This is one that will show up again on their plates and hopefully, next time, more of it will make it to their tummies.
So, where did the idea come from? A friend from my teaching days posted a picture and recipe on her Facebook page today for zucchini with tomatoes and cheese. Well, if you know much about our family, you know that my “allergy alarm” immediately sounded for the cheese and tomatoes. However, my “kitchen capable self” took over pretty quickly and said “Hey – we can work with this idea. It looks so yummy!” (After all, the picture looked like pizza.) So, I did.
Here’s what worked (and was yummy despite the kiddos not just jumping up and down in agreement):
Wash and dry the zucchini. Cut off the ends and then slice it in half lengthwise.
Brush all over with olive oil.
Dust with garlic powder (maybe dust the skin part as well).
Top with cheese and pepperoni and more cheese.
Sprinkle on some basil and oregano or Italian seasoning mix.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn.
Dinner is ready!
**Appetizer possibility: As I was editing this I realized that if you cut it into little round coin shapes, you could top each one with a pepperoni and some cheese and you’d have a cute little appetizer. How yummy would that be for a party!?!
I hope this one finds more success at someone else’s house because it was so good. My 3 giggly girls will just have to learn to keep an open mind and we’ll try again. At Home.