In a culinary context, the zucchini is treated as a vegetable; it is usually cooked and presented as a savoury dish or accompaniment. In South Africa it is named baby marrow and in the United kingdom it is known as a courgette, go figure. Botanically, zucchinis are fruits, quite a surprise. So what does zucchini do for your body?
Zucchini contains zero fat, and is high in water and fibre. It also contains significant amounts of vitamins B6, riboflavin, folate, C, and K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese. The summer squash also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Nutrition per serving:
177 kcals 12g Fats
14g Carbs 5g Protein
WHAT YOU NEED:
1.1 lbs. (500g) zucchini
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. plant milk
4 tbsp. breadcrumbs
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
3 tbsp. olive oil
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Preheat oven to 430F (220C). Cut zucchini into fry-like pieces.
Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk with the milk. Season with salt, pepper, add the crushed garlic, oregano, and thyme, mix well. On a separate plate, have your breadcrumbs ready.
Grease a large baking tray with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Dip the zucchini in the egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs and place on the baking tray. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Turn the fries 2-3 times during this time, drizzling them with the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil.
Season with salt and serve.
These are such a fantastic replacement for potato fries, you know those days when you are just craving comfort food.
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