Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Sticks


1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup panko*
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 oz. zucchini (1 medium-large or 2 medium-small), halved crosswise, each half cut into 1/2-inch sticks

1. Heat oven to 450˚F. Spray large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, garlic powder and black pepper in shallow dish.

2. Place eggs in shallow bowl. Combine panko, cheese, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and cayenne pepper in shallow dish. Dip zucchini in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in egg, letting excess drip off. Roll in panko mixture, turning to coat all sides. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet; spray with olive oil cooking spray.

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Serve immediately.

TIP *Panko are coarse bread crumbs usually found next to other bread crumbs in the supermarket.

4 servings

PER SERVING: 140 calories, 5.5 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 75 mg cholesterol, 555 mg sodium, 1.5 g fiber

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