Friday, June 28, 2013

There is nothing like reading a book outside while soaking in the sun on a summer's day....Nothing. I mean attempt to do that in the blistery cold weather when December and January roll around, no thank you Sitting by the indoor fireplace roasting marshmallows seems like a much better option. Other than reading outside or swimming in the pool, BBQs and parties are the big event this time of year. And for me, the little appetizers are almost as fun as sipping on a cold margherita or chilled beer.
Yesterday, I created an adorable, tasty starter that is easy to eat with your hand. Yes, hand. No need to grip these babies with both, leaving you room to enjoy a refreshing drink with the other. Behold the zucchini parm coins. These little finger foods are perfect for serving up at any get together. They are simple to make, healthy and full of flavor.
Zucchini Parm coins



 1 zucchini

1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash table blend
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 egg whites
few dashes hot sauce

1 8oz can no salt added tomato sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon McCormick's minced onion (dried)
mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix together the breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, Mrs. Dash Table Blend, Italian seasoning and salt.
3. Cut the zucchini into thin coins.
4. Mix together egg whites and hot sauce
5. Coat in the egg white mixture and cover up the zucchini with the breadcrumbs.
6. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Pop in oven for around 10-12 minutes.
7. For the sauce, mix together the tomato sauce, sugar, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and minced onion.
8. Take out and place a dollop of sauce on each of the zucchinis and cover with cheese.
9. Place back in oven for another 3-4 minutes until melted, starting to bubble.

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