Sunday, September 5, 2010

Faux "Fried" Zucchini

It was another hot one here yesterday 106°F we had a couple of cooler days and then wham! back to triple digits, then I hear next week will be 70's. Wacky weather. I took an early morning walk then hit the Farmer's Market, it was beautiful and wasn't that hot yet. The market was packed I think everyone had the same idea, go early to beat the heat. Got some great stuff for the week... onions, peppers and eggplant (will be roasting those this morning), corn, cucumbers, avocado (thinking California Roll Salad), pluots, apples (first chilly morning I'm making my Baked Apple Pancake), and zucchini.

I ran a few errands, came home and turned some of the zucchini into this super yummy lunch...

Shelly's Faux "Fried" Zucchini with High Protein Parmesan Dip

2 Small to Medium Zucchini, sliced (about 28 rounds)
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)
1/4 cup Crunchy Onions (the green bean casserole kind)
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Spray a non stick baking sheet with Pam cooking spray. Slice zucchini. In a small bowl beat egg. Crush pancake mix, onions, Parmesan and seasonings together in a shallow dish or pie plate. The bottom of a measuring cup works great for crushing.

Dredge zucchini in egg, then in coating, coating both sides. Place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, flip them, then cook 10 minutes more. Serve with Parmesan Dip.

Shelly's High Protein Parmesan Dip

1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup Fage Greek Yogurt (I use plain 2%)
2 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper
Kosher Salt to taste

Whiz all ingredients in a mini food processor till smooth. This dip is soooo good. Even people who hate cottage cheese will love it. Great for dipping meats (moisture is key to eating meat post weight loss surgery) or veggies or use as a high protein salad dressing replacement.

Lunch was over and as I was washing up I could feel the heat like a blast furnace through the kitchen window. I had a few more errands to run but decided ax that idea. I found some indoor projects to occupy the day and blipped a killer classic rock marathon. I was supposed to go out to dinner but it was still 101°F at 6 PM. Usually we cool down way quicker. Makeup, hair, putting on a bra ;) didn't sound appealing and I had gotten sucked into an episode of Chopped. Have you see that show? They give the contestants 30 minutes to make a dish with a bunch of kooky ingredients in a mystery basket, none of which go together in any way, shape or form. Yesterday they had to make an appetizer using watermelon, knockwurst, almond butter and sweet potato. Ewww no. So I ended up eating leftover zucchini & dip, a pluot and calling it a day.

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Lisa said...

Oooh - thanks for posting this! Yesterday I was just thinking about fried zucchini and fried dill pickles - I will try this for both!

battynurse said...

The zucchini and dip look good. I'll have to try those. I made one of your protein cakes the other night and have been enjoying that.
It's been miserable hot here too and as much as I've not wanted to go out in it, my dog has other ideas. At least I'm getting my exercise.

LeeLee said...

I'm going to try this one soon! I love zucchini, and this sounds great. I need a good recipe for a high-protein dip, and this fits the bill. Can't wait to try them. Shelly, I love experimenting with your recipes, and the dip looks like one that can be reinvented with different flavors.

@Lisa, I like your idea for using this recipe for dill pickles...let us know how it turns out! Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!

Diane {} said...

They sounds delicious!
I love zucchini and will have to make this :)
The heat has been crazy!

Anonymous said...

have to say...they not only sounded delish....they were great! seriously good! used summer squash and sliced them length wise..too lazy to do the rounds! the dip was okay but the squash did not need it at to dry the dill pickle idea! thanks, shelly!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Yay! So glad you enjoyed them :)

Hope everyone does as well... love the dill pickle idea. Will be trying it for sure.

Suze said...

That sounds SO. GOOD. I can definitely see myself using that dip for other things (darn meat). Heck, I'm going to pass this along to all my friend with gardens who are desperate to find new ways to use zucchini! LOL

Anonymous said...

I think broiling works better than baking.

Lil Moon (Someday) said...

OMG! This was soooooo good and my fiance loves them (eating the rest as we speak). Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes, you make this surgery easy... Nom, nom, nom!

kl said...

These were fabulous! I made them for my post-op friend and my cousin for lunch yesterday and we all loved them! My husband tried the left overs at during (he didn't like the dip). I will definitely be making these again!