These tasty, vegetarian Zucchini Au Gratin Cups are a fantastic dish to enjoy summer’s bounty for only 45 calories each!
Zucchini is a very versatile summer squash that can be found in anything from soups to salads, kabobs, or as a substitute for pasta- zoodles anyone? For those of us who enjoy zucchini bread or muffins, baked goods are a fantastic way to utilize this nutritious veggie. The following recipe is a favorite side dish from my childhood that can be paired with almost any lean meat, or you may have a few as the main fare for a yummy vegetarian meal. Typically prepared in a casserole dish, this recipe has been known to appear at our Thanksgiving table. I prefer these Zucchini Au Gratin Cups prepared in muffin tins for portion control and easy serving. Plus, they cook faster! Each one contains only 45 calories and less than 3 grams of fat. The fresh basil and parsley impart such a terrific flavor, there’s nothing like fresh herbs when you can get them! Enjoy these healthy and fun cups while we still have access to summer’s bounty.
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- 2 medium zucchini, sliced very thin
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 fresh large basil leaves, chopped
- 1 ½-2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 4oz (about 1 cup) 2% reduced fat shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
- 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup whole grain seasoned bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine olive oil and zucchini, working through with your hands to make sure oil is evenly distributed.
- Add basil, parsley, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and combine well.
- Spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick olive oil spray.
- Divide mixture into muffin tins and top with bread crumbs.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue cooking for approximately 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bread crumbs are nicely browned.
45 calories, 2.7 g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 17 mg chol, 110mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate, .3g fiber, .4g sugar, 3g protein
Look for a variety of bread crumbs that has the lowest sodium you can find as bread crumbs are notoriously high in sodium. You can also use fat free or reduced fat parmesan cheese to save a few calories and fat grams, this recipe is analyzed using the regular version.
These can be made gluten free by using gluten free bread crumbs.
What is your favorite way to enjoy zucchini?