It's hard to imagine fries being anything but potato. Though potatoes are perfect for being a fry, I think half the reason they are so addicting is because of their easy finger food nature and finger licking saltiness. But lets face it - all that grease and starch is doing nothing for my hips and already large behind.
Enter zucchini fries! They are easy to make and much nicer to my mid-region. They are delightful as a snack or as a side dish (I had mine aside homemade bean burgers!). I spike up the addicting factor with romano cheese and dried dill. Yum.
My boyfriend was making bean burgers for dinner, and we all know nothing goes better with burgers than fries (except for maybe a cold beer, but the fries are totally necessary either way). Since he made a healthy version of burgers I didn't want to ruin that by throwing potato strips into hot oil and having that on the side. I recently was browsing Pinterest and saw a pin for zucchini chips - it triggered a bit of inspiration!
Instead of the typical Italian seasoning of parmesan cheese and oregano, I wanted to do a slightly different flavor profile that is somewhat unexpected without straying too far from the familiar. The outcome was fantastic!
We ate a ton of them and still had leftovers, so you can decide how much you'd like to make. It is totally doable as a small or large batch item. I cut my leftovers into pieces and threw them into a salad for lunch the next day. It was a nice change from your typical salad!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Servings: 4-6 people (as a side dish)
You Will Need:
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