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10 these zucchini parmesan waffles are great for dinner or a delicious healthy school lunch!

Zucchini Parmesan Waffles

Looking for a way to make zucchini a little more fun? We've got your answer. Zucchini Parmesan Waffles!

Looking for a way to make zucchini a little more fun?  These Zucchini Parmesan Waffles are a cheesy and delicious way to add a few more veggies to our meals.

these parmesan zucchini waffles are perfect for dinner or even for a healthy school lunch!

When it comes to getting kids to be adventurous eaters, you sometimes need to think outside the box.  While waffles may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are looking for new ways to serve zucchini, we think it couldn’t make more sense.  By taking something fun and easy, like waffles, and adding familiar flavors, such as parmesan and Italian seasoning, the zucchini seems a little less intimidating.

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The batter for these waffles comes together easily, but you will need to plan ahead to let the zucchini drain for 30 minutes before using.  This is an important step, as it eliminates excess water that may cause your waffles to be soggy, or not hold together. Just watch this quick video to see how easy they are to make.

Pack these waffles in your child’s lunch box, or serve as a side at dinner.  Leftovers can be stored in the freezer to be used at another time.

For more recipes, to help you serve veggies in new, fun ways, check out our meal plans. They are filled with easy and creative ways to feed our families real food.

Zucchini Parmesan Waffles

these zucchini parmesan waffles are great for dinner or a delicious healthy school lunch!
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  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (roughly 2 medium zucchini)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Oil or non-stick spray for waffle maker

Instructions

  1. Place the shredded zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  2. Let the salted zucchini sit for about 30 minutes, rinse with cold water, and press out as much of the moisture as possible.
  3. Alternatively, ring out zucchini inside a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water.
  4. Preheat your waffle maker to a medium setting (if available).
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the flour with Italian seasoning.
  7. Combine the egg and milk mixture with the flour mixture.
  8. Once the batter is thoroughly mixed, add in the grated zucchini until everything is well combined. Spray or coat your waffle iron with oil.
  9. Place rounded tablespoons of the batter on the waffle iron, leaving room for the fritters to spread slightly.
  10. Close the lid and cook until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes.Serve warm and sprinkle waffles with remaining parmesan cheese.

Notes

To make these gluten-free, substitute the all purpose flour with all-purpose gluten-free flour 1:1. We tested it with Cup4Cup, King Arthur Flour AP GF flour, Pamela’s blend and Nanamaste. They all worked well.
Adapted from Yahoo Food.

 

10 grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches

Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches – Grain-Free Lunch Idea

These spinach and bacon mini quiches are a great grain free lunch idea kids (and adults) will love! Easy to make and perfectly portable.

Isn’t it true that bacon makes everything better? These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are a great high protein, portable, grain-free lunch idea!

grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches

The hard part, is getting kids to eat their leafy greens without turning up their noses.  These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are sure to get them just as excited about eating their greens as they are about eating bacon.

If you are following a grain-free diet, you know how difficult coming up with new ideas can be. And, it’s not always easy to add veggies in a variety of ways our kids will actually eat. For this reason, having a consistent influx of recipes that are kid approved can be very helpful.

So, now you might be wondering, where do I begin?  All it takes is a change in approach.  It can be as simple as changing the way we talk about veggies and leafy greens, or even how we use them in a recipe.  For these mini quiches, the spinach magically becomes confetti, adding a fun splash of color to each bite.  It doesn’t take much, but every little bit counts.

Check out how easy these mini quiches are to make! This is one recipe kids can also help make!

Green Lunchbox shown above is a Yumbox.

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Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches

grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches

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  • Yield: 24 mini quiches

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ cup finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Dash of pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and grease a 24 mini muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add in chopped spinach, shredded cheddar, chopped bacon, and pepper. Give it a quick mix to combine all ingredients.
  3. Distribute egg mixture evenly into muffin pan cups.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, allow mini quiches to cool in the pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.

 

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