Five Ingredients: Baked Seasoned Baby Zucchini “Fries”

Parents! I figured out a secret weapon! Cut <insert impossible-to-get-kid-to-eat-vegetable here> into thin strips, season them, bake them, call them “fries,” and — DING! DING! DING!  You guessed it, you’re a fool-the-child genius! No, but seriously. This actually works.

My girl and I head out east tomorrow, so we’re still low-key on the cooking. Tonight we had fancy scrambled eggs with goat cheese, prosciutto, grape tomatoes, and basil (I’m seriously the master of Top Chef: Make Up Something With Whatever’s Around), and I had some baby zucchini that needed to be used. I thought for a minute, and then realized the above was true, so, boom. Baby Zucchini Fries! The easiest side dish/trick ever invented. Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEEDbabyzucchfries
* baby zucchinis
* salt
* pepper
* Italian seasoning
* grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 400F. Cover a baking sheet with foil.

Clean your baby zucchinis. Cut off the ends, and then quarter them lengthwise. Arrange them in a single row on your baking sheet. Spray them lightly with some non-stick cooking spray, and then season them with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste. Finish with a generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan, and pop in the oven.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Right before taking them out, turn the broiler on for 2 minutes. Crunchy, seasoned to perfection, sizzling with Parmesan-goodness. It’ll fool ’em all! Mwah-ha-ha!

For real, though, they’re delicious. And so so easy! And while My Tiny Sous Chef was not fooled into thinking they were *actual* fries, she did take the bait and cleverly concluded they were the shape of fries, and since they were “so so yummy,” that was good enough. Winner!


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