National Zucchini Day!
Zucchini has long been thought of as a vegetable, it belongs to the squash family, but botanically, it is a fruit because it grows from a flower. It can grow to a meter in length, however, it is usually harvested when it is half that size. Traditionally green; however, the golden zucchini, a related hybrid is a deep yellow or orange color.
Zucchini’s are very low in calories and contain good amounts of potassium and Vitamin A.
The flower of the plant is edible and can be used as a garnish for presentation.
Last month, my daughter-in-law made Zucchini Tots courtesy of Skinnytaste.com
The following is her recipe and her results – enjoy!
- cooking spray
- 1 packed cup grated zucchini
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 medium onion, minced
- 1/4 cup grated reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Grate the zucchini into a clean dish towel until you have 1 packed cup. Wring all of the excess water out; there will be a lot of water. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 16 to 18 minutes, turning halfway though cooking until golden. Makes 16.