Since being in LA, I’ve been trying to get out and do as many things as possible. Most days all I wanted to do is eat ice cream but you know I guess I have to get out and do things besides cook. This past weekend a friend invited me to go hiking and have a picnic in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California. We purchased delicious salads at Trader Joe’s (the best place evaaaa) and packed fresh fruit. I mean for heaven’s sake I was eating those peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with sea salt allllll last week so sweat and salad sounded pretty awesome.
Ohhhh and sweat is exactly what I did. The hike was uphill and grueling, but the views were absolutely breathtaking! We could see the beach, the bright blue ocean and Catalina Island in the distance. Sometimes there is nothing more fun than getting out and being a little adventurous. It just feels good, you know?
After our hike I was still incredibly hungry, but I wanted a healthy snack since I knew I was going out for dinner that night and would be most likely stuffing my face with warm tortilla chips and a giant Mexican salad. So what did I decided to make? Zucchini chips!
Don’t you look at your computer screen like that. Just trust in the power of your oven.
Zucchini is in season and if you haven’t found a recipe to use with it, here’s your chance! These are easy to make, cheap, and healthy. Who knew zucchini was such a triple threat?
I should also mention that zucchini is low in calories so I love finding new ways to eat it.
So, how do I make crispy zucchini chips?
To make these I simply cut my zucchini into about 1/4 inch thick rounds, then dipped them in egg whites and coated them in a bread crumb and parmesan cheese mixture. I even added a little bit of red pepper flakes for spice, which I highly recommend!
These would be the perfect side dish to any burger you are cooking up for labor day. However, if you’re chowing down on them for a snack, I suggest dipping them in a classic marinara sauce!
More healthy, savory snack recipes you’ll love:
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips
Golden, crispy baked parmesan zucchini chips make the perfect healthy snack when you're craving something salty! These easy, low-carb zucchini chips use simple ingredients and are delicious dipped in your favorite condiments.
- Parchment paper
- 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (or gluten-free bread crumbs)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Red pepper flakes, if desired
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cover baking sheet with Parchment paper.
Place egg whites in small bowl. In separate small bowl, combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and a little black pepper.
Dip each zucchini slice in egg whites then dip each round into the Parmesan bread crumb mixture, making sure to coat it evenly on boat sides.
Place slices evenly on prepared baking sheet and bake 15 minutes. Flip and bake another 5-10 minutes or until zucchini chips are golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately.
To make gluten-free: use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Feel free to add or subtract spices to suit your tastes.