Baked Zucchini Fries

Okay, this is my first recipe post so bare with me! I recently bought zucchini because truthfully I was getting tired of broccoli and brussel sprouts.. not even knowing what to do with zucchini. BUT! These baked zucchini fries actually turned out yummy! I love fried food as much as the next person, but me and hot oil is a recipe for disaster.. so the oven is my safer route.  I would tweek a few things, but I will mention my suggestions in the ingredient list.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
1 zucchini (makes about a dozen fries)
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs (I used corn meal cause I had it in the cupboard.. which wasn’t terrible but would be a lot flakier with the panko)
1 egg
1/4 milk
2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic (I used garlic salt.. t’was a bit on the salty side)
salt & pepper (season to liking)

Preheat oven for 425 degrees F. Get a baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray (or as I like to tell my sister “Pam the sheet first”).  Cut your zucchini into skinny sticks (the skinner the sticks, the more fries you can get out of the recipe.. but I like tasting the zucchini so I made mine a tad meatier).

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In one bowl, beat your egg and mix in the milk.  In another bowl, you’ll want to mix all your dry ingredients.

Dip your zucchini stick in the egg mixture first (get all the edges well), then in the “bread crumbs” mixture (I just kind of pressed each side in the dry mix, and that worked well).

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Place breaded sticks on the baking sheet. I sprinkled extra Parmesan cheese on each before I pop it in the oven for 15 mintues! (I LOVE CHEESE)

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After 15 minutes in the oven, take them out and let them cool for a couple minutes then ENJOY!  I use chipotle ranch for dipping sauce. I think regular ranch, marinara sauce, or a sweet onion dipping sauce would be good with these as well!

Try it out and let me know what you think ladies!

August thus far…

As I sit on the couch, eating lunch, while looking at the window and thinking I should be sunbathing in the backyard..and then I remembered I haven’t been to the gym in months so getting in a bikini is out of the question; it also occurs to me that August is almost over! Seriously where did this month go?! So this post is to tally off what I have actually done thus far in August.  So now, with my mid-month achievements in mind and freezer-burnt burrito in hand.. Lets begin.

To start the month off right I went skydiving in Holdrege, Nebraska! This was easily the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. Ever.

Among other meals out on the town (of course under my parents expense.. because college made me poor) this place stick in my mind! (and the only one I took a picture of..surprisingly).  Lunch at Mark’s Bistro in Dundee had the cutest outside area and guess what their signature food is–Mac & Cheese!

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On the homemade spectrum, I have mastered grilled brussels sprouts! Brussels sprouts complimented with olive oil, garlic, and bits of turkey bacon (because everything is better with bacon) all wrapped up in a foil pouch and thrown on the grill. Voila! I also attempted blueberry dump cake…it was amazing! Maybe it’s not the most appetizing to look at, but boy was it tasty!!

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As my maid-of-honor duties for the bridezilla..I mean, my sister.. I have been a busy bee creating all the DIY’s her heart desires.  She had her first shower two weeks ago, and another one coming up this weekend.. more pictures and tutorials to come on bridal shower DIY’s and decor 😉

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Last big event of this month thus far was my college graduation! Four & a half years later and I finally did it! (I look so excited, right?)  I graduated with about 800 other students Saturday morning with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Art!

Now to hunt for a big girl job…. yikes!

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So what have you done this month so far?