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Make These Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks to Fulfill Your Vegetable Quota

Insofar as vegetables go, zucchini's not the worst (yeah, carrots, we're looking at you). But hey, we've got great news for you! Cut up the damn squash into sticks, cover 'em in breadcrumbs, throw a bunch of cheese and basil into the mix, and surprise: It's suddenly delicious. Food Steez's baked Parmesan zucchini sticks are your new favorite healthy-ish snack, and the best reason to eat your vegetables. And if you're really hung up on the lack of gooey mozzarella, take heart: serve them with spicy marinara sauce, and your tastebuds won't even be able to tell the difference anyway. Here's how it's done. 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs

Spicy Marinara Sauce
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
DIRECTIONS:
To make the spicy marinara sauce:
  • Place the tomatoes, tomato paste, hot sauce, parsley, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the blended tomato sauce and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To make the zucchini sticks:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Place the zucchini onto a greased baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle on a generous amount of Parmesan mixture.
  • Place in the oven and bake until tender (approximately 15 minutes), then broil for 2-3 minutes (or until crisp and golden brown).
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with homemade spicy marinara sauce.


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