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Freakishly Fantastic Faux-Fried Zucchini
Freakishly Fantastic Faux-Fried Zucchini

Fried 'n True
Your days of hiding from fried zucchini are over. Embrace your love of this formerly off-limits fried stuff NOW with this new HG creation...

2 large zucchini; ends removed
3/4 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal; ground to a breadcrumb-like consistency in a blender or food processor
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 tbsp. powdered ranch dressing/dip mix
1/4 tsp. plus 1 dash garlic powder
1/4 tsp. plus 1 dash onion powder
1/4 tsp. plus 1 dash oregano
2 dashes pepper
2 dashes salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut zucchini into half-inch-wide circles. Blot away any excess moisture with a paper towel. Fill a medium-sized dish with egg substitute, and season with a dash each of garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. In a separate medium-sized container, combine cereal breadcrumbs with 1/4 tsp. each of garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano -- add the ranch mix and a dash each of salt and pepper, and then mix well. Set out a baking pan, and spray with nonstick spray. Toss zucchini circles in the egg substitute until they are all evenly covered. One by one, coat zucchini with breadcrumbs (giving them a shake first to remove excess egg substitute), and lay them flat on the baking pan. Place in the oven, and bake for 10 minutes. Flip zucchini circles over, and return to the oven for about 10 more minutes, or until outsides are crispy and zucchini is cooked through. MAKES 3 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/3rd of recipe (1 generous serving)
Calories: 78
Fat: <1g
Sodium: 578mg
Carbs: 20g
Fiber: 9g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 5g

PointsPlus® value 2*

Fried Zucchini, Average Restaurant
Fried Zucchini, Average Restaurant

Squash THIS!
Remember the days when you would try to convince yourself that fried zucchini was good for you simply because it was loosely based on a vegetable? That was right around the time you were telling everyone to eat blueberry pancakes 'cuz it was the breakfast of champions -- due to all those antioxidant-packed blueberries, of course. Well, you're more realistic now (thank goodness!), so you know that ANYTHING fried, be it zucchini, eggplant, or a hunk of cheese, is NOT a diet-friendly option. And in case you don't know just how bad this particular fried item is, a SMALL order of fried zucchini has an average of 450 calories and 27g fat. That's WAY too much for a side dish -- especially one pretending to be a vegetable. Eeeeks! So leave the restaurant fried zucchini to the kooky people who don't mind wasting gazillions of fat grams on a grease-drenched veggie dish -- and make some of HG's Freakishly Fantastic Faux-Fried Zucchini at home. Weeeee!

Serving Size: 1 small order (or about half of a large order/appetizer)
Calories: 450
Fat: 27g
Sodium: 750mg
Carbs: 35g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 11g

PointsPlus® value 12*

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