YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Zucchini Fries

If you’ve never eaten chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour, this is a great recipe to start with! Not only is it super flavorful, imparting a wonderfully nutty flavor to these zucchini fries, but chickpeas are also packed with protein and fiber, for a dish that sticks to your ribs and makes your heart sing for joy.

2 medium zucchini
1/2 cup chickpea flour
1 tsp. olive oil
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
1/2 teaspoon fine black pepper (divided)
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 Tbsp. chopped chives

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and, using your finger, wipe it down with a few generous drops of olive oil.

Slice the tips off the zucchini, and then cut in half widthwise. Slice each chunk into quarters lengthwise for long, French-fry shaped pieces.

Break the egg into a shallow bowl wide enough to accommodate the “fries,” add 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper, and whisk. Place chickpea flour into a second shallow bowl or plate, and set alongside the egg bowl.

Dip the zucchini wedges into the egg, roll in chickpea flour, and place on baking sheet. Repeat for all the zucchini wedges, and then sprinkle lightly with remaining salt and pepper.

Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown, shaking once after 10 minutes. Sprinkle with chives and parsley when done. Serves 4, right away!

2 thoughts on “YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Zucchini Fries

  1. Chickpeas leave me horrible after effects if you know what I mean! Same thing with cauliflower… I made “rice” with it one day and thought it was the greatest idea…. Until later on!


    • Okay, so probably what’s going on is that your gut does not carry sufficient levels of the kinds of bugs that like to feast on chickpeas and cauliflower. The way to reverse this situation is to start with a very tiny “dose” every day for a week, and then a slightly bigger dose, and so on, over the course of a couple months, until you can tolerate a normal-sized portion. And you need to keep it up, with small amounts regularly, so you keep the good bacteria happy and they decide to stay. Good luck!


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