baked zucchini chips

I woke up one Saturday morning and thought to myself, “Wow, Manu has had like, four salami pizzas this week. I’m going to make something super healthy for lunch.” I went to the kitchen and chopped up some zucchini, steamed it, and added it to whole wheat pasta. I drizzled the tiniest teaspoon of olive oil on top with a few chili flakes for flavor. We sat down to eat and the look on Manu’s face was priceless; like a little kid who’s used to waking up to Lucky Charms but finds a bowl of Kashi Good Friends in front of him. Like Bill Cosby when Claire tries to cut his cholesterol by eliminating his subs. Like a man defeated, pained and disgusted. He ate in silence, knowing that it was too late to go out for reinforcements since all of the supermarkets were closed for siesta. He pouted as he finished, put his head in his hands and said, “I feel like I’m in the hospital. This was a hospital meal.” 
Needless to say he had a salami pizza that night for dinner
baked zucchini chips
baked zucchini chips
Baked Zucchini Chips
(based on this recipe)
1 zucchini, sliced in large rounds at an angle
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons plain bread crumbs
2 generous tablespoons grated cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper
sprinkling of cayenne powder or crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Pour the milk in one small bowl and both bread crumbs, cheese, cayenne and salt and pepper in another bowl. Dip the zucchini rounds in the milk, then the crumbs mixture, pressing down to adhere the crumbs to the zucchini. Place on a wire rack coated with cooking spray on top of a cookie sheet, and bake for 30 minutes. 
baked zucchini chips
Manu, I swear to you, these healthy zucchini chips are something you would totally be on board with. 

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52 comments:

  1. mmm-my favourite vegetable

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  2. Alexandra Safran7/31/2012

    those look incredibly tasty!

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  3. La Maman Heureuse7/31/2012

     This looks so yummy, zucchini is my favourite veggie and every new recipe is welcome! Love the blog btw

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  4. elizabeth mccormack7/31/2012

     haha hospital food. What a brat! :)

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  5. inhonorofdesign7/31/2012

    Must try this! such a great idea! Pinning now:)

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  6. Yum, these chips look delish!

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  7. oh wow! never would have guessed you could make zucchini into chips. looks amazing!

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  8. Dancing Branflake7/31/2012

    Manu is one lucky guy! I'd be happy no matter what you made me. And those zucchini chips look and sound so good!

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  9. jillian8/01/2012

    mmm well thats the best looking hospital food ive ever seen :) 

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  10. aw, so sweet! thanks my friend!

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  11. thanks! yes, they're SO good - and addicting. :)

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  12. thank you so much anna! i'm so happy you like them! :)

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  13. thank you! they're probably my favorite as well, so versatile! :) thanks for coming by!

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  14. mmm, they were! thanks alexandra!

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  15. wow, then you'll love these! :) 

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  16. I totally remember that episode of the Cosby Show! These look perfect for those moments when a quick-fix of something kinda naughty and crispy and salty is called for. I happen to have a lot of those moments. 

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  17. Alexa C Evans8/01/2012

    Yum! My Grandma would make something similar to these and they were one of my favorite snacks.

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  18. This sound like a perfect snack! Love the idea of adding red pepper flakes to it. 

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  19. marissa @ the boot8/02/2012

    haha! me too! i crave salty/crispy all the time!

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  20. as a snack they are killer! :) i would love to just have them around all the time. your grandma sounds awesome! 

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  21. thank you so much! i'm glad you like them. yup, the red pepper gives them a nice little kick!

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  22. These look INCREDIBLE....

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  23. thank you val!!! they were so good i had to make them twice! :)

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  24. Brian O'Brien8/07/2012

    Niiiiice, Manu does not know!

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  25. This sounds something i would like, we also seem to have a lot of zucchini even the yellow squash always make stir fry... this something different.. tks again

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  26. Anonymous8/24/2012

    Yummy, love zucchini

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  27. you're welcome mindy, i'm so glad you like it!

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  28. Do you think I could make these with eggplant? My garden is producing an abundance of eggplant this year, and very few zucchini.

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  29. Joanna9/04/2012

    What u kind of cheese do you use?

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  30. These are very good, Made them yesterday and enjoyed them. Had a little dip made with fat free cucumber dressing.

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  31. that's so awesome kris! the cucumber dip sounds so yummy. do you make it yourself?

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  32. Baked Zucchini Chips what a healthy treat. A great alternative to high calorie chips without sacrificing taste.


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  34. Made them last night! They came out amazing ... Looking forward to making them again.

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  35. I make it another way. Beat an egg and add some water. Take the sliced zucchini, dio in the egg as if it werevfrench toast. Spray a fring pan with Pam, and fry on both sides until brown. Yumm!

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  36. So easy and so good - this is a key! I must try...

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  37. that's great! thanks so much janine and i'm glad you liked them!

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  38. Angela1/01/2013

    What kind of grated cheese did you use?

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  39. Philippa3/18/2013

    what is panko bread crumbs-australian

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  40. Made these tonight. Even my meat & potatoes husband liked them. Thank you!!!

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  41. that's awesome deb! i'm so glad you both liked them!

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  42. hi philippa! panko bread crumbs are a japanese version, and are more flaky and crunchy than regular bread crumbs. you should be able to find them in your supermarket!

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  43. i used parmigiano reggiano but you can really use any kind you like!

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  44. steph gas8/15/2013

    okay i just made these and they were excellent. i didn't have panko so i used only regular bread crumbs, but awesome husband and i ate them up! thanks for the recipe!

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  45. Thank you so much for this recipe, I am making it tonight to go with dinner!!!

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  46. Hello Marissa; This is Bonnie Biren - Thibodeau & I wrote you a rather lengthy email over an hour ago & it did not reach your inbox, I am so MAD!!! I must not have the correct email address. I want to get your phone # & new home address. We'll be in Barletta from Sun.afternoon @ Nicotel Holel thru Tues. morn. I hope we can meet up. I'd love to see you & meet Mano & have you meet my husband, Vaughn. We will be w/ Go Ahead Tours & you can call & leave a message @ the hotel or email me @ bambibiren@gmail.com. I will not have use of my cell phone. I will try to email you (again) if I see or speak to your Mom before we leave on Thurs. @ noon from Medway Best, Bonnie Biren-Thibodeau

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