Zucchini Love

An amazing thing happened at my house tonight. I cooked a vegetable that Charlie loved and George enjoyed as well!  I know what vegetables George prefers, and I know the ONE raw veggie Charlie will eat with regularity. But this is the first time in a long time that I’ve found a vegetable that they both wanted to eat!  Yes, it was crunchy and yes, it included some parmesan cheese, but it still counts to me!

I will definitely be making Smitten Kitchen’s Zucchini Parmesan Crisps again!  I only wish I’d found this recipe earlier in the summer when our neighbor was still leaving homegrown zucchini on our front stoop!



Tonight’s dinner is pulled chicken sandwiches, courtesy of Dinner: A Love Story.  I made one of her barbecue sauces and the pickled onions (though I didn’t have any jalapenos). I drew the line at slaw, because it just isn’t something I enjoy very much – though if I made this for company, I would probably try her slaw recipe as well.  I served it on Trader Joe’s cute mini hamburger buns, so the kiddo could just have 1 and adults could have seconds if desired, and we enjoyed some sliced watermelon on the side.  No greens – but I promise I had a big salad for lunch!

Things I liked about this recipe:

  • I started cooking around 6, and had dinner on the table by shortly after 7 – and that included making even the bbq sauce from scratch. Not too shabby.
  • It wasn’t overly tomato-y. I don’t love really red barbecue sauces.
  • It was chicken breast, so it wasn’t as fatty/filling as some pork bbq can be.
  • She was right, the pickled red onions were a great addition.
  • I enjoyed it.


  • The kid didn’t like it much. Granted his tastes just keep getting pickier, and he’d eat chicken nuggets every night if he could, but I was really hoping that he’d actually like this one.
  • Husband thought it was too….something. Vinegary? Smoky? Something he couldn’t put his finger on. He did like it, but he didn’t love it.

So I don’t know that I’ll be making it again, but only because it makes a lot and I don’t see myself eating all those leftovers.  But I would recommend it to someone looking for a change from your average pulled pork bbq.