Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Food and Freebies :]

I'm linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons for my very first What I Ate Wednesday :) Here is a random lunch from last week:

ONE: Mixed fruit (strawberries, bananas, grapes, black raspberries, and blueberries).
TWO: The best fruit dip everrrr (equal parts strawberry yogurt and Cool Whip).
THREE: Zucchini fries (see recipe below!) and Ranch dressing.

Annnd another lunch. It's the only meal I remember to photograph!
 ONE: Salad with mushrooms, green pepper, shredded cheese, and tomatos
TWO: Tomato soup
THREE: (Slightly burnt) grilled cheese...& the Ranch dressing is for the salad.
Here is the recipe for these delicious zucchini fries. I'm a huge fan of fried zucchini, which is served as an appetizer at some restaurants. This is an easy a super easy way to make it at home. I found this recipe via Food Gawker by searching for "zucchini fries".

zucchini (amount doesn't really matter...I used 3 and that was more than enough for an appetizer for 2 people)
bread crumbs (the recipe calls for Shake-N-Bake can also use corn flakes or crushed crackers)
Parmesan cheese (just for more flavor!)
1 egg (if you don't eat eggs, any substance that will make the bread crumbs stick to the zucchini will work...such as olive oil or Italian dressing)
Pre-heat the oven to 450° 


Step 1: Cut zucchini in half (hamburger cut...for those of you with 1st grade mindsets) and then cut each half into 1/4 in sticks. Really any size will do...You'll just have fat or skinny fries!
Step 2: Mix bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. (1 part cheese, 2-3 parts crumbs)
Step 3: Whisk egg.
Step 4: Dip zucchini sticks in egg, roll sticks in crumb/cheese mixer until coated, then place on a cookie sheet.
Step 5: Bake at 450° for 12-13 minutes.
Step 6: Enjoy! I recommend eating them warm with Ranch dressing...but I'm an abnormally large fan of Ranch dressing, so that's not a required step. JD liked them plain.

Also, I wanted to let everyone know about an awesome giveaway over at A Little Bit of This & That. Michelle is giving away 2 Shine necklaces from The Shine Project.

Aren't they just so cute?!


Kara @ Nest Candy said...

Visiting from Peas and Crayons! I am seriously drooling over that delicious assortment of mixed berries. Thanks for sharing the recipe also. :)

Dani said...

I've never heard it called Zucchini before. . . i got confused. Courgette is what we call it. Last year we planted ONE plant and had a supply of about three a day. . .it was a complete nightmare. Lucky i like them, but there were days when i just didn't want to see another Courgette ever.

This sounds lovely though, thanks for sharing.

Also. . .the giveaway, so super cute.

Michelle said...

Everything looks so good!! I love zucchini! I definitely want to try the zucchini fries!!

Thanks for blogging about the giveaway! <3

Anonymous said...

The zucchini fries look interesting I will have to try them- I think my hsband will eat them because they have cheese on them! visiting from peas and crayons- I would love it if you linked up to my Workshop Wednesday @ goobyecityhellosuburbs

Jennifer said...

OMG girl you have goooot to try panko with your zucchini fries next time! I use panko and then cover them with melted parm sometimes and its just ridic. delish! <3

Lunch is for sure the easiest meal to photograph =) good lighting annnnd you're not running around crazy like at breakfast and dinner! haha

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Miss Smart said...

I don't know why your photos aren't showing up on my computer, but you said the magic words (Cool Whip) and therefore, I feel connected to you. :)

Thanks for coming over to The Smart Kitchen today!

capperson said...

Everything looks soo yummy! I really want to try them zuchinni fries!!

Anonymous said...

I found you on Peas and Crayons and just wanted to shout out and say hi. We're OSU fans(no, neither of us attended) and currently reside in Chicagoland so I feel your pain. ;)