Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Zucchini appetizers quick summer dish

Recipe Rehab

Zucchini overload? We have a great way to use up some of the summer crop. Have a party and make zucchini appetizers! Sliced zucchini, Bisquick, chopped onion, Parmesan and seasonings are mixed with eggs and vegetable oil. The mixture is spread in a 9-by-13-inch pan and baked. They're tasty and couldn't be easier to make. Each small square contains 3 grams of fat.

For this rehab, we:

• Used Reduced Fat Bisquick.

• Replaced 1/2 cup vegetable oil with 6 tablespoons light margarine (5 grams fat per tablespoon).

Results were excellent. Our testers couldn't really tell which was which - always a good sign. With only 1 gram of fat per appetizer, this recipe is perfect for summer entertaining.

Tip of the week: This recipe would be equally good as a side dish. Cut into 10 to 12 squares, each serving would contain about 6 grams of fat.

Zucchini Appetizers

1 cup Reduced Fat Bisquick

1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/2 teaspoon salt

Dash black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

3 cups unpeeled, thinly sliced zucchini

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

6 tablespoons light (5 grams fat per tablespoon) margarine, melted

4 eggs, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 13-by-9-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray.

In large bowl, combine Bisquick, cheese, parsley, marjoram, salt, pepper and garlic. Add zucchini, onion, margarine and eggs; mix until well blended. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into 48 pieces. Serve warm.

Before and after

Based on 1 serving ( 1/48 of recipe)

Zucchini Appetizer Adapted
Fat3 g1 g
Carbohydrate2 g2 g
Sodium77 mg84 mg
Fiber1 g1 g
Cholesterol18 mg18 mg
Calories from fat

Nutritionists recommend those on daily 2,000 calorie diet limit their fat consumption to 65 g or less, cholesterol to 300 mg or less and sodium to 2,400 mg or less per day.

Karen Weber, Pat Streicher and Ellen Illig are registered dieticians at Jewish Hospital's Cholesterol Center. To have your recipes rehabbed, send them to: Recipe Rehab, The Jewish Hospital Cholesterol Center, 3200 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati 45229.

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