Kid- Friendly Zucchini Sticks

Zucchini Sticks and Pork PattiesThis is such an amazing time for garden produce.  The vegetables are abundant.  Getting kids to eat cucumbers, corn, tomatoes and watermelon are relatively easy.  But what about squash and zucchini?  My kids love zucchini chips, but making them every-single-week gets a bit boring.  Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you a number of kid-friendly ways that we are putting our bountiful supply of zucchini to good use. This week’s recipe includes farm raised pork, zucchini, and a few other delicious finds from the Wild Ramp. Enjoy!

Pork Patties with Zucchini Sticks

Patty Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ground pork (The Wild Ramp has a variety to choose from)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 whole wheat slider buns

Zucchini Ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then halved twice (about 40 sticks)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1 pinch oregano
  • 3 tbsp Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg white  (from the Wild Ramp)
  • 1 tsp milk (from Snowville Creamery)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, warmed (if desired)

Directions:

Patties:

  1. Put the pork in a bowl and add in the ginger. Season with salt and pepper. Discard tough outer layers of lemon grass stalk. Chop the center as finely as possible and add into the pork mixture. If needed add some of the water to mixture to help combine. Shape into patties and chill for up to 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan. Add the patties and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side over gentle heat. Remove when cooked through and serve with zucchini sticks.

Zucchini:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. Combine the Panko, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, Parmesan, a pinch of salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Combine the egg white, milk, a pinch of salt and pepper in another dish and beat with a fork until well blended.
  3. Dip each zucchini stick first into the egg white mixture, allowing excess to drip back into the dish. Roll again in the crumb mixture to coat.
  4. Place the zucchini sticks on the baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake until golden brown, about 10- 15 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce (if desired) and enjoy.

Mandy Curry

Mandy Curry is a native of Bridgeport WV. Mandy currently resides in Hurricane, WV with her husband Kirk and two young boys Ashton (8) and Preston (6). Four years ago, she and her husband emerged as entrepreneurs and created Healthy Kids Inc (“HKI”). HKI is an online meal planner designed to show busy parents how to cook healthy meals for kids. It was inspired by her family’s journey to “incorporate” a busy work schedule, kids, and healthy eating. Mandy is setting out to help families in WV adopt a healthy eating lifestyle. Today, she is a frequent blogger, author of the Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Picky Eaters eBook, and serves as on-air cooking talent for eHow.com. She also hosts various kids cooking classes at Huntington's Kitchen and has recently launched a YouTube cooking series called Healthy Kids 4 Busy Families.

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About Mandy Curry

Mandy Curry is a native of Bridgeport WV. Mandy currently resides in Hurricane, WV with her husband Kirk and two young boys Ashton (8) and Preston (6). Four years ago, she and her husband emerged as entrepreneurs and created Healthy Kids Inc (“HKI”). HKI is an online meal planner designed to show busy parents how to cook healthy meals for kids. It was inspired by her family’s journey to “incorporate” a busy work schedule, kids, and healthy eating. Mandy is setting out to help families in WV adopt a healthy eating lifestyle. Today, she is a frequent blogger, author of the Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Picky Eaters eBook, and serves as on-air cooking talent for eHow.com. She also hosts various kids cooking classes at Huntington's Kitchen and has recently launched a YouTube cooking series called Healthy Kids 4 Busy Families.
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