Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Zucchini and me

Growing up I never really liked vegetables and like many kids I had very creative ways of hiding my food (sorry Mom) at the dinner table. Zucchini was one of the thing I did like, maybe because we always got the cans of Delmonte zucchini in Italian style tomato sauce add a little cheese and presto a nice side dish.

Well we are not making that today (Ha!) but we are making zucchini with a fun twist. Today we are making crispy zucchini bites with a mustard dipping sauce. These are pretty tasty and healthy for you as well zucchini is very healthy to consume I will not bore you with the details here but you can simply use your Google machine to research the benefits of this squash. Zucchini is also kind of bland on its own (sorry zucchini) which makes it a great versatile food as you can influence the flavor any way you like.

Crispy Zucchini Bites
What you need:
2 Zucchinis (med size)
3/4 cup Almond Milk
2 to 3 tablespoons whole wheat or spelt flour
1/2 tsp Paprica
1 tsp chili powder
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs I use Kikkoman

Mustard dipping sauce:
1/3 cup mustard of your choice (I use stone ground spicy mustard low sodium)
2 or 3 tsp of maple syrup
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce (optional)
Mix together well and chill

Your favorite home made tomato sauce. (Hope you have a recipe!)

To prep:
Preheat oven to 400F.
1 baking sheet covered with parchment paper works great and keeps the bites from sticking to the pan. you may be able to use non stick but I do not use non stick so I can't offer advice.
2 shallow bowls, 1 for dipping, and 1 for the breading.
Whisk the almond milk and 2 to 3 tbs of flour, chili powder, and paprika together well so it thickens up.
Slice Zucchini into 1/4 inch slices (slightly thinner is okay). you can peel if you want but I don't.
Dip zucchini first in the almond milk mixture making sure 100% is covered
Dip zucchini in the breading mixture
Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
When complete bake in the oven at 400F for about 30 to 35 mins turning after 15 mins.

Quick Intro

Hi All,

Where do you get your protien? If I had a nickel.....I started this blog as part of my journey to a healthier way of eating. I apologize in advance I am not a writer but will do my best.  I am not really sure if the information I share will add value to you but if it does that's a plus. Anyhow, back to where do you get your protien? Not a problem, if you eat fruit and veggies you get all the body needs.   

My name is Pete and my goal is not to try and tell people how they should eat, live, or anything of the sort. I am sharing my experience with a diet of food many people may not be accustomed to or know about.

What is a whole food plant based (WFPD) diet? Well there are many books and you can search for these online (just search under whole food plant based) my goal is not to promote just to share. Back to what is WFPB? My interpretation is a pretty simple one, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts... the list goes on but basically things that grow out of the earth that are edible. Some would argue that there is more to this than what I just put down on paper and they may be right but this is my blog so.....Some would also argue that that means you're Vegan, well I do like animals and don't like to eat them but I am not judging others.


Okay then maybe not a quick intro... 



Zucchini and me

Growing up I never really liked vegetables and like many kids I had very creative ways of hiding my food (sorry Mom) at the dinner table. Zu...