Oven Baked Zucchini & Yogurt Ranch Dip

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

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Remember the days of endless fried foods and trips to the county fair? Deep fried hot dogs, pickles, funnel cakes galore. Oh America… Yea those were the days. Unfortunately I ruled deep fried foods out of my diet long ago. The more I learn about cooking and recipes, and the more I try new guilt free variations, I’ve realized you can make a healthy version of almost everything. So here is my skinny oven baked zucchini and yogurt ranch dip.

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What you will need:

4 medium zucchini
about 1 cup panko bread crumbs (I used the Italian flavored panko, if you use plain be sure to season it)
2-3 tablespoons Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix
1 cup non fat Greek yogurt
Teaspoon non fat milk
1/3 grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
olive oil
fresh dill

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Put the yogurt in a small bowl and mix with 2-3 tablespoons of the ranch dressing powder, fresh dill and a little bit of lemon juice. You can add a little milk or water for a thinner consistency, but you don’t need much liquid so don’t over do it. Put in fridge for at least an hour for the flavors to develop.

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Put the bread crumbs in a ziplock bag and pound a bit. The smaller the crumbs the easier they stick. Don’t make it too powdery though or it won’t get as crispy. Panko is great because it has relatively no fat and pretty low calories. (50 in 1/4 a cup)

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Wash and dry zucchini. Cut off ends and cut in half lengthwise, then cut lengthwise again. Now cut them in half. Mine were about 3 inches long. Beat egg in a shallow bowl, then beat in about 1/2 teaspoon of milk. Place breadcrumbs in another bowl and mix in the parmesan cheese (if desired).

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Now we can set everything up. Drizzle some olive oil in a baking pan and rub around with a paper towel to coat the bottom of the pan. (You don’t want puddles of oil.) Put about four sticks of zucchini in the egg bowl and mix around so they are coated with egg. Put a few spoonfuls of bread crumbs on a small plate. Pick up zucchini with a fork or tongs to drain the excess egg mixture. You don’t want to put the zucchini directly into the bowl of crumbs because it will get too clumpy eventually and then the crumbs won’t stick easily. Turn the zucchini around and pour some bread crumbs over it with the spoon. I picked it up with my thumb and forefinger touching the ends only and transferred to the baking sheet. You’ll get the hang of it after you bread a few.

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Continue until all your zucchini are breaded. You won’t use all the bread mixture so don’t worry. Bake at 425 or so for 10-15 minutes, turn pan around in the oven so they will brown evenly. You can flip them at this time if you want but I didn’t since mine were browning nicely. You can also spray lightly with cooking spray or olive oil if you have a mister), then continue baking for 10-15 minutes more, or until the zucchini are tender and golden. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and cracked pepper after removing from oven.

They were delicious! If you prefer you could use your favorite marinara sauce or salsa for a dip. I made these in the morning and wasn’t eating them until later in the day so I put them in a covered container and re-heated them later in the oven at 375. They don’t heat well in the microwave because they loose their crispness. They are perfectly crispy when heated in the oven. These are a great appetizer to take to a summer party!

As always…I hope you enjoy!

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37 Responses to “Oven Baked Zucchini & Yogurt Ranch Dip”

  1. Barbara says:

    Looks great! :) I love your recipes! They make me look forward to sundays even that little bit more.. :)

  2. Pauline says:

    I’m gonna try those, they seem delicious!

  3. Danielle says:

    Yum!! Wow, those look really delicious. I’d definitely going to share this recipe with my family!

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  4. Katie says:

    mmm this looks so yummy and so easy!!

    <3

  5. regina says:

    all of your recipes are so different and tasty!! thanks for sharing

  6. WELL LIVING BLOG says:

    Looks delicious ! Thanks for sharing Shea !
    Have a nice sunday !

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  7. jaclyn says:

    my mouth watered as I scrolled down!! It seems super easy- Must try!!!

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  8. Elena says:

    Perfect appetizer! I love zucchini, either baked, or in a soup, or in a vegetable medley. I cook it almost every day! It helps me stay skinny as well:-) Please check my recipes in my blog http://theamateurexpert.com Thank you!

  9. Looks so yummmy :) love your sunday recepts :)

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  10. Laura says:

    boy do I love your recipes! definitely going to try this :)

  11. Shardette says:

    Delicious! I will have to try this! Another suggestion could be to make it with eggplant or sweet potatoe. Yummy!

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  12. Domonique says:

    I need to try these out immediately- they look like heaven! Also seem like they’d be perfect using gluten free breadcrumbs as I can’t have any in my diet! Great recipe lovely :)

    x

  13. you are very very smart to have started these posts and i enjoy them tremendously…i have made so many of them and can’t wait to try this today
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  14. tom montella says:

    all your recipies look so good that I must try them all at least once! I bet that they taste as good as they look! thank you for sharing! you are so busy,i admire you for finding the time to share such awesome greatness(food).

  15. sophie says:

    this look absolutely amazing! I will definitely try this

  16. Kasey says:

    i cannot wait to try this! looks delish!

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  17. Jordan says:

    Yum! I’m definitely trying these ASAP! So glad they’re guilt free, they look amazing!

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  18. Looks delicious and super easy! I’ll give them a go this weekend x

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  19. Radka says:

    Yummm it looks great :)

    Best wishes,
    Radka from http://www.flowerofpassions.blogspot.com

  20. I love these deep fried but this way looks much healthier!

  21. Darin says:

    Thank you,Shea! You are so sweet!!

  22. tom says:

    i just love ZUCCHINI ! :) nice recepie

  23. Heather P. says:

    I have an extra zucchini in the fridge that I won’t need this week, and I know just the thing I want to use it for now!

  24. Leah says:

    Looks delicious!!!!

  25. Nomnomnom, this looks so good!

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  26. AHHHH Delicious!!!!!!! I must try to do it!!!!!!!

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  27. Angelina says:

    This looks so delicious and a great way to start eating those veggies! I’ll have to try this soon!

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