We recently did a poll on the weelicious Facebook page asking parents what their kid's favorite green vegetables is. While broccoli and peas ranked high on the list, zucchini was barely even mentioned. Maybe that's because people aren't familiar with how to prepare it. A lot of people tend to steam zucchini, which I find makes it a bit limp and so I can understand why kids don't take to a vegetable with that kind of texture. Since I'm always playing around with fun ways to prepare vegetables that kids are actually excited to eat, I decided to revisit zucchini this week.
Coincidentally, we've got zucchini growing in our garden right now and it's all over our farmer's market too. Zucchini has a very delicate flavor, so I focused on a simple preparation. These baked zucchini coins are baked, which makes them crunchy on the outside and soft and tender inside -- a real textural treat for kids (and Kenya gets a kick out of eating "coins" because he feels like he's got edible pocket change on his plate). Add a little tomato sauce on the side and they're the perfect side dish for your family to enjoy with any meal.
Images by Maren Caruso.
Accompaniments: Weelicious Tomato Sauce for dipping
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