Zucchini Sticks with Smoky Roasted Romesco Sauce Recipe #NotThatGuilty

Before the diet police blows the whistle on you, remind them it’s your #cheatday. And since cheat days do not give out tickets to junk food theme parks (all the time), here’s our version of a cleaner cheat.

Ingredients

SAUCE

  • 3 medium red bell peppers
  • 2 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup (1/2-inch) cubed French bread baguette, crusts removed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked almonds
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove

ZUCCHINI:

  • 3 large zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. To prepare sauce, cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place bell pepper halves and tomatoes, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten bell peppers with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop, reserving any liquid.
  3. Combine bell peppers, reserved liquid, tomatoes, and next 8 ingredients (through garlic) in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°.
  5. To prepare zucchini, cut 1 zucchini in half crosswise; cut each half lengthwise into 8 wedges. Repeat procedure with remaining zucchini. Combine breadcrumbs, panko, cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a shallow dish. Dip zucchini in egg substitute; dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place zucchini on a wire rack coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat zucchini with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with sauce.

 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 170

Caloriesfromfat 30 %

Fat 5.6 g

Satfat 1.3 g

Monofat 2.5 g

Polyfat 1.3 g

Protein 8.4 g

Carbohydrate 23.4 g

Fiber 3.9 g

Cholesterol 3 mg

Iron 1.9 mg

Sodium 434 mg

Calcium 107 mg

 

Trupti Jadhav

Health Coach

Initiated dietary assistance services for clients and implemented numerous successful diet plans and enhanced overall client’s satisfaction level by 100%.

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