Who doesn't love Zucchini Sticks?! Especially dipped in Ranch Dressing?! Regularly they are all smothered in breadcrumbs, they leave your fingers all greasy with nasty oils and the ranch is full of dairy. Maybe they taste good, but they don't make us feel good. They can leave us feeling bloated and guilty rather than how we should feel after eating veggies!
That's what I love about Paleo. You can tweak your old favorites and make them healthy... actually tastier. I must admit, I ate a bunch of these when I first had them, they are delicious....better than the regular variety. Better, because they didn't leave me with a belly ache!
You will need:
- Zucchini - cut into "sticks" - how many depends on how many people you have and the size of zucchini, so adjust
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup goat milk
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- sea salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- Cheese, grated - I like to use Sheep milk Pecorino Romano, it has a "parmesan" flavor (I find it at Trader Joe's)
- raw Sesame seeds
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees (or 400 if you use convection). Grease a baking sheet with garlic olive oil.
Cut your zucchini into stick size, depending on the size, I cut it in half lengthwise, then quarters, then shorten them into sticks.
Mix the eggs, goat milk, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix in the zucchini sticks and soak. I like making them up to this point ahead of time, putting the mixture in a ziploc, so they're ready to go...just flip the bag over every once in a while to coat evenly.
Prepare a shallow dish with equal parts grated cheese and sesame seeds. Add a little salt and pepper. Mix well.
Roll the wet zucchini in the dry mixture, one by one, coating well. Place them on the baking sheet. When they are all coated, bake them until crunchy and golden brown, about 20 minutes...keep an eye on them. The bottoms turn out with this crunchy goodness...YUM!
Thanks to my friend Liz and her dad Larry for sharing this recipe with me!! I was so happy to hear that Larry is now living the Paleo Lifestyle for health reasons. He's always been such an amazing cook and he's making some delicious Paleo recipes! He has dropped weight and is off of his cholesterol medication...his cholesterol is lower now than it was when he was on the medication. He's letting 'food be thy medicine'! Way to go! I LOVE hearing stories like this!