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!

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BBQ

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.

Downsides:

  • 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.