Hemp-Crusted Zucchini Fries

Hemp-Crusted Zucchini Fries (shutterstock_85822543)It’s difficult to resist the temptation of French fries and it’s nearly impossible to imagine having a beef or vegetarian burger without them being served alongside fries. To significantly lower your saturated fat intake, consider trying out these zucchini fries, which are crusted with the help of hemp seeds. The hemp seeds will provide the crunchy outer texture much desired in fries, but will also mean your side dish is high in protein, fiber and the essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. Rather than contributing to heart disease with the saturated fat of regular fries, you’ll be helping to lower your cholesterol and improve heart health if you instead pair your meal with these hemp-crusted zucchini fries.

In addition to their nutritional benefits, these fries are completely vegan. Plus, if you have a nut allergy, you can be rest assured that hemp seeds are hypoallergenic.

This recipe will make enough for four servings as a side dish, so adjust the recipe as necessary if you’re looking to serve the fries as a main course or need to serve more diners.

Ingredients:
3 zucchinis, sliced lengthwise
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup bread crumbs, crushed
2 tablespoons salt
½ cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a shallow bowl, mix together bread crumbs, hemp seeds, salt and uncooked quinoa and then set the bowl aside. Place the zucchini strips into a second bowl and drizzle them with oil until each is thoroughly coated. Place one coated zucchini strip at a time into the bowl of crumb mixture and use your hands to coat each strip with the mixture. Place the zucchini strips on a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping the zucchini strips after 15 minutes.

Serve the fries immediately with a slice of lemon and using hummus or herb dressing as a dip.

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