Zucchini Chips with Sriracha

    zucchini chips 2This treat is extremeley basic, nutritious, and incredibly tasty. The only downside is it needs to bake for a few hours ...so make them early, go on with your day, and when it’s time for a snack these will be in the oven waiting for you!  I based this recipe on the zucchini chips from TableForTwoBlog.com, and added a few of my own tricks, like Sriracha for a kick of flavor. Table for Two has tons more delicious and healthy recipes, check them out here.

What you need:

  • Zucchini (1 zuc serves 1 person, add zucs accordingly)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Instructions:

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  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  • Slice zucchini into thin chips, approx 1/8″ to 1/4″ apart (up to you)
  • Place slices on papertowl and press to blot out moisture.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, place chips on top.
  • Lightly coat with olive oil using pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle with a small splash of salt
  • Bake for 2+ hours until they are brown and crisp, not soggy!
  • Allow to cool
  • Serve with Sriracha! 

Besides the delicious sweet chili flavor, I also love Sriracha’s easy pour nozel. It makes garnishing food even more fun! I decorated this plate of zucchini chips with a zig-zag sun pattern to give it flair, you can doodle whatever you want! Presentation is always important, if you don’t believe me you haven not watched enough Food Network.

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Celebrate with Red White and Blue Watermelon Cake!

Happy Independence Day! I have a feeling you are preparing for a long day of outdoor gatherings and potluck munching, coming up this Thursday. Among the Hamburgers and Apple Pie, your body might also crave something a little healthier, but a platter of fresh fruit is so last year. I present to you a new solution:

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The Watermelon Cake!

Easy enough to make in an hour, healthy enough that you can indulge and feel guiltless.

What you need:

  • Red  – Watermelon, Strawberries
  • White – Cool Whip
  • Blue – blueberries
  • Festive! – sprinkles, or anything else lying around your kitchen.. chocolate? white chocolate? almonds? pineapple?

What to do:
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Shave off rhine with a knife, start from the top of the curve and work your way down, follow the curve of the watermelon.

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Discard rhine and observe how watermelon looks like raw meat, gross. Forget I said that.  Remove excess moisture from outside of watermelon with paper towel, this will help the whipped topping stick better.

add coolwhip

Cover the watermelon in cool whip.  I used a spreader, (if you do not have a spreader a spoon will work). Start from the top and allow whip to drip down the sides, this will give you a clean glazed look.  Continue until watermelon is covered.

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Sprinkle blueberries on top of mound, let blueberries fall from the top and stick to the sides.

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Line base with sliced strawberries.

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Sprinkle on extra decoration, I used blue sprinkles and yellow edible glitter flakes.

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Refrigerate or serve right away.

Tell your guests you brought a watermelon cake and watch their surprise as they realize you really did bring a cake made from a watermelon!  Enjoy

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