Friday, 30 January 2015

Pinterest Tried and Tested: Baked Parmesan Zucchini


Pinterest recipes are notorious for looking absolutely amazing in theory but in practise can be another thing altogether; I think we've all seen those Pinterest fail posts where things haven't quite turned out how they should be so I thought it would be an idea to start a little 'Pinterest Tried and Tested' series on Girl Up North because I'm quite up for a bit of experimenting and I think it'd be quite fun.

The first thing I've tried is a recipe which I have actually adapted for those of you who are following the Slimming World plan, although I would imagine that it works just fine if you do it the exact way shown by Damn Delicious. The recipe looked fairly easy without any complicated ingredients so off I trotted to the supermarket.

Ingredients:

- 2 Courgettes (the recipe says 4 but I knew it would make way too many)
- 30g grated parmesan
- 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsbp garlic salt/granules/powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fry Light

If you've clicked over to Damn Delicious you'll notice that I haven't included some of the stuff they did, this is purely because I decided I didn't need them as 2 herbs was quite enough to give it flavour especially because parmesan and garlic are both quite strong flavours themselves.


Method:

- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees

- Combine the parmesan, thyme, oregano, garlic granules and salt and pepper together in a bowl. 

- Cut the courgettes in half and then quarter them to make chunky chip sized pieces. I found I had to half some of the quarters again because they were a bit too chunky and I was worried they wouldn't cook through properly. Line a baking tray with tin foil and spray with fry light to stop them sticking and lay the courgette pieces out with as equal spacing as you can manage.

- Spray the courgette with Fry Light making sure that each one gets some kind of coating because that will give your parmesan mix something to stick to. 

- Sprinkle on the parmesan mixture as best you can (I found it was better just to dunk the ones which weren't catching much into the mix itself)

- Put in the middle of the oven to bake for 15 mins (or longer if you feel they need it). I checked half way through to see how they were doing and sprinkled the left over mix over them. 

- Once you are happy that they are cooked through, put them under the grill for 3 minutes to brown them off.

And there you go, baked parmesan zucchini!


Were they nice? Hell yes!

I ate a plateful of these as a 'small snack' because they were just too good not to finish off while they were hot. These are a great way of getting a veg onto your place without it being boring and bland and I was really surprised at how well they worked. They were tender but crispy when you had your first bite - basically everything I was expecting and more! I'll definitely make these again in the very near future and I can 100% say that these really are as good as they look on Pinterest!

Slimming World Information: 
If using the 30g parmesan as your healthy extra A choice these would be totally free and they count as one of your S foods! If you don't want to count it as your healthy A then it would be 6 syns for the whole lot (or obviously if you were sharing it in half would only be 3... you get my drift).

Do you like the idea of this 'Pinterest Tried and Tested' series, what would you like to see me try?

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