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Easy Zucchini and Squash Recipe

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This easy zucchini and squash recipe is lightly breaded and baked to perfection, without all the artery-clogging grease! It’s one of my family’s favorite zucchini squash recipes!

baked zucchini and squash recipe

We love this zucchini and squash recipe because it’s…

  • Crunchy
  • Full of flavor
  • Simple to make
  • Wholesome
  • Fresh
  • Delicious

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Cutting zucchini and squash

This is my favorite way to make zucchini and squash. We simply love that crispy crunch! Sometimes I leave the peel on the zucchini and squash, and other times I peel or partially peel mine. It really depends on where they came from.

zucchini slice
This is how I peel my zucchini and squash for this dish.

If they are organic or from a local garden, I like to leave the skins on or at least partially on. 

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

Baking zucchini and squash

To get that perfect crispiness, I toss the thin zucchini and squash slices in a mixture of cornmeal and whole-grain flour while it is still damp from being washed. A ziplock bag works great for this. The wetness causes dry grains to stick to each piece. There is no need to coat with artery-clogging oil.

zucchini and squash breaded

Next, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This enables baking without any oil at all, which makes these completely heart-healthy.

Mist lightly with water to make seasonings stick well. Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and smoked paprika. Then just bake and eat!

bake zucchini and squash
Don’t allow the strips to overlap, so they will get extra crispy.

Near the end of the baking cycle, watch them closely. The goal is for them to be golden brown and crunchy. If left unattended, they can quickly become charred.

During the summer, when gardens are overrunning with fresh zucchini and squash, this is an excellent way to use some of those up quickly and deliciously.

Though there are many different kinds of zucchini and squash recipes, this is our favorite.

One follower said, “Thanks for the reminder about these. I couldn’t make enough of them last summer… not enough to share anyway.” 

Health benefits of zucchini

Zucchini is well-known to reduce weight, yet boost the nutrient value of your diet. Moreover, it helps to enhance vision and prevent all the diseases that occur from vitamin C deficiency like scurvy, sclerosis, and easy bruising.

It helps to cure asthma and has a high content of vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. It contains significant quantities of potassium, folate, and vitamin A, all of which are important for good health.

When eaten regularly, it can effectively lower your homocysteine levels.”–Organic Facts

zucchini whole and sliced on dark wood cutting board

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Recipes for zucchini squash

zucchini and squash oven fried

Easy Zucchini and Squash Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These crispy, oven-fried zucchini and squash are lightly breaded and baked to perfection, without all the artery-clogging grease!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. Cut tops off and thinly slice zucchini and squash long-ways, leaving peelings on, or partially peel.
  3. Pour cornmeal and flour into a gallon-size storage bag. Then, toss in the squash and zucchini. Close the top of the bag and toss around until veggies are coated well with the dry mixture. This will only be a light coating.
  4. Take each piece out of bag and place on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  5. Lightly mist breaded veggies with water in a spray bottle. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and smoked paprika.
  6. Place in oven on the bottom rack and bake at 425 degrees, approximately 20 minutes.
  7. When lightly browned, move the pan to top rack and bake another 10 minutes, until brown and crispy. Must watch closely to keep from burning.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 45.2gFiber: 5.9gProtein: 6.6g

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Marie

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Could I substitute flaxseed meal for the cornmeal? If not what can I substitute?

EatPlant-Based.com

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

I think I would try maybe very finely ground breadcrumbs to replace the cornmeal.

Mercedes

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy. Just wanted to let you know that you said if not watched closely, they can become “chard”. Chard is a plant. What you meant to say was “charred”, which means scorched. ;)

EatPlant-Based.com

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Ha! Thanks for bringing the typo to my attention. Fixing it now. :)

conniegbowenonnie

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Hi again, Terri, Do you put those seasonings on both sides or just the top? Mine are in the oven, seasoned on one side

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Monday 7th of August 2017

Connie, because the slices are thin, just seasoning on on side works just fine. Hope you enjoy them!

connie

Thursday 27th of July 2017

I have a gas oven. By "top burner," do you mean that they are broiled for the final step? Thanks!!

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Thursday 27th of July 2017

Connie, yes, you are right! Move to the top rack in the oven for a short broil for the final minutes. Enjoy!

Pam McCoy

Sunday 26th of June 2016

I recognize the zucchini squash but what kind of squash is the other one?

EatPlant-Based.com

Sunday 26th of June 2016

Hi Pam, the other one is a yellow squash.

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