Sometimes I feel like I have the fussiest eaters on earth, for children. I legit wonder how they have the endless energy they do, fueled by nothing but a few dried, plain cheerios for breakfast. My 7 year old daughter likes to tell everyone how she’s a vegetarian, when in reality she won’t eat meat unless it’s been processed to the point where it no longer tastes like meat. Then there’s my 3 year old son; he cries when i make him a meal he doesn’t like, but then will also cry if i tell him I’ll eat it. Yes friends, I’m an asshole parent.
So I decided to try something different in an attempt to please them, Baked Zucchini Balls. They appealed to 1.5 out of 2 kids, I say 1.5 because my boy decided 2 zucchini balls in that he suddenly didn’t like his meal and proceeded to regurgitate it onto the plate and surrounding areas….he consumed half his meal so I’ll call that a win.
Baked Zucchini Balls
2 cups zucchini, grated and drained well
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Dash black pepper
Pre-heat oven to 425°F.
Have ready a pan lined with baking paper
To a bowl, add the zucchini, season with salt and pepper and mix other ingredients thoroughly.
Form the zucchini mixture into small balls, rolling tightly and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
Sprinkle extra cheese (parmesan or cheddar) over top and bake for 10 minutes.
Flip and bake other side for extra 5-10 minutes
Serve on top of cooked pasta with ricotta or grated cheese and a marinara sauce.