Sunday, August 26, 2012

Door to Door Organics and Zucchini for Kids

In an effort to eat healthier and to introduce a variety of vegetables into our diet, I signed up with Door to Door Organics.  It's been a month so far and we've been pleased.

I really like the service.  Every Friday I get an e-mail about what will be in my "box" for the following week.  (Boxes come in a few sizes but, for the most part, we get the Medium box.  I upgrade to a large on weeks we are having company.)  The great thing about this service is that, after I get my e-mail, I can "customize" my box.  I'm allowed five substitutions.  I can take out whatever fruit or vegetable I DON'T want and substitute it for something I do.  This week the eggplant was removed (ick, ick, ick!) and I substituted some lovely tomatoes.  Mmmmm!

Thursday, sometime around noon, the vegetable man drops off a nice box full of fruits and vegetables and we get to enjoy them.  The service is good, the food is good and it keeps me out of the store.  Price wise it's about the same as the stores BUT the stores don't usually have all of these items available as organic.  I'm not a huge organic freak but there are just some things I prefer to be organic.  I also like the variety and the kids have tried some new foods.  They will even eat zucchini in some forms.  Here's my Zucchini For Kids recipe:

Zucchini for Kids

2 Zucchini Squash
1/2 c Panko bread crumbs
1/4 t garlic salt
1/4 c Parmesan cheese (the ground up, grainy kind, not shredded or fresh)
1 egg

Start by washing your zucchini and cutting off the top.  Cut each zucchini into thirds width wise.

Cut each third into half.  And half again.

Cut each half into planks.  You might have to cut those planks in half.

Beat your egg in a bowl.
Mix up other ingredients on a plate.  I add a pinch of my homemade Italian Herb mix. 

Dip zucchini in the egg and then roll in the crumbs.  Panko bread crumbs are essential for this recipe. . . don't use regular ones.

Place on a foil covered and cooking oil sprayed cookie sheet.  Don't let them touch!

Bake 425 degrees for eight minutes.  Flip and bake another eight minutes.

Serve with ranch dressing or pizza sauce for dipping!

Excuse the last photo. . . I was yelling "Don't eat those!  I have to take a picture!" as the kids were reaching for the zukes.  It was a fast photo.

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