July 13, 2011

Baked zucchini bread chips

I have another recipe today, but first, a semi-apology: I hope you're not sick of recipes. I totally don't want this to turn into a food blog. But, truth be told, I don't have too much else going on these days - it's pretty routine, though I'm not complaining about it ... I eat well, I stay active, I sleep well, and I go out with my friends.

Which is not to say my mind has slowed down at all, or that I'm any less introspective about the journey I'm on. I guess the things I'm considering right now are all really big, and they need a bit more time to process. I've also written a lot of personally emotionally heavy posts lately, so this is a nice break, I think. I post here daily to keep myself accountable and to keep a personal log of what I've done so far, and some days, all I really accomplish is cooking a healthy meal or three. This week has been one of those weeks.

My best friend Jill also has a blog where she writes about photography and a fabulous random smattering of people, places, and events. Since she moved into her first apartment, she's been exploring cooking for herself, and her photo posts on Facebook always inspire my own culinary ventures.

Unfortunately for me, though, not all of her recipes fit within the plan I have set for myself and my eating. Mango BBQ black beans - good. Zucchini bread - bad. Bad to the bone. Zucchini bread is a serious childhood memory for me - my uncle John used to make it all the time, and I can still taste it to this day. I have the only handwritten copy of his recipe, and someday I'll make it - but for now, things like that aren't safe for me. It's not that I can't have it, it's just that I don't feel strong enough to trust that I'd only eat one piece. It's just easier to say no at this point, and when an occasion comes up where I need to cook for a group, I'll make it and enjoy a slice responsibly and remain in control.

So the other day when she wrote a blog post about making zucchini bread for the first time, I started thinking about it and wondering how I could possibly lighten it up. Since she had also made baked zucchini fries semi-recently, my mind put the two together, and came up with these:

Holy moley, were they good! They could easily have made two servings as 175-calorie sides, but I definitely ate them all for a 350-calorie lunch.
1 zucchini, sliced in 1/4" coins
1 large egg + 1 egg white
1/3 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp. brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375ยบ F. Whisk together egg and egg white, 2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice, and 1 tsp. of brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs, 2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice, and 2 tsp. of brown sugar. Dip the zucchini chips in the egg mixture, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes, flipping after 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes (they will crisp up a little).

Mixing the sugar and spice in with both the egg *and* the crumbs made it look extra brown without being too thick with bready coating. You could certainly use all egg whites or egg substitutes. Also, I used pumpkin pie spice only because it's what I had in the house - you could use a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg if you'd like.

Close enough to zucchini bread to be delicious, yet far enough away to avoid triggering anything. I'm extremely pleased with this little recipe I invented!

What about you? What do you think about people who share food pics on Facebook/Twitter/etc. - is it ever a problem for you? (I have a friend who does that and who seems to eat nothing but cupcakes. Had to hide her from my newsfeed. Love her, hate triggers.) Do you ever invent recipes? (If so, please share!)


Carbie Girl said...

I love when people share recipes, generally speaking any recipes I share in the future will more than likely be someone elses because I have yet to experiment much on my own. I just had zucchini bread for the first time two weeks ago.. muffins actually. I had to freeze half of them in order to keep them from popping into my mouth :)

Ann said...

Mary - this recipe looks AMAZING!!!! Love that you are sharing so much delicious foods!!!!

Liz said...

I just started reading your blog and I love the recipes!

Marla said...

Pumpkin pie spice? I would have never thought to use it. Then again, I've never made zucchini bread. As of today I have 16 zucchini and yellow squash blooms open. I did not count the number of closed blooms. Lets just say in a month I will be looking for new recipes to try and this one will be on my list.

debby said...

THAT is a very creative recipe! Love that I found it, and I will be trying it sometime soon!

Unknown said...

oh Yum!!! These sounds delicious! I would have never thought to make a desert-ish zucchini "fry".

SO Trying this one soon!

Jill said...

I have just started following your blog and I love reading recipes! This one sounds awesome!!!

Hungry Girl Fan said...

This is a great idea! I will definitely be trying it soon. Thanks!

marisol said...

I like it when people share recipes and food pictures. I get some great ideas from them especially since I follow a lot of people who are on a weight loss journey. I am not much in the kitchen so I like to keep things simple. Yesterday my friend posted a picture of her salad and I knew that I needed to make it. Here is the recipe if you want to try it... it was so good & filling.


Andrea Ward said...

Wow those sound amazing!! I will have to try those! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I saw this yesterday and then got distracted by Jills photography and ambled away without commenting!

I am glad that this is a decent sub for you. And very creative! I bet that breadcrumb mix would be good on sweet potato disks put in the oven.

Anonymous said...

Oh my word! These look AMAZING! What a great recipe! I can't wait to try them out!