Lunch Break for Kids fundraiser taking place this week, I knew it needed to be kid-friendly. I put a call out to my Facebook fans asking for some ranch inspiration. They answered the call, sharing their favorite ways to use ranch...everything from soups to pizza to slow cooker chicken. One answer stood out to me--using the dried seasoning mix to make fried zucchini.
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As it turns out, they're adult friendly too! I served the zucchini sticks with ketchup, the ultimate kid food, and finished off the entire plate. Marinara might be the more refined option, but the crispy zucchini sticks dipped in ketchup made them feel more like french fries...and dipping the in ketchup was certainly better than maple syrup!
Crispy Ranch Zucchini Sticks
-1 large zucchini
-2 cups crispy rice cereal (like rice krispies)
-1/2 cup cornmeal
-1 package ranch seasoning mix
1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil. Crack eggs into a small dish and beat with a fork. Dump cereal, cornmeal, and ranch seasoning into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Using your hands, gently crush cereal.
2. Cut zucchini into "fry-like" shapes (cut zucchini in half horizontally and then slice into thin strips). Dip pieces of zucchini into egg mixture and turn to coat before dipping into the bag of dry ingredients. Shake bag to coat zucchini before carefully placing on prepared baking sheet.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until zucchini are lightly browned and crisp. Serve immediately with ketchup or marinara sauce.
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