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Easy Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Baked Zucchini Bites

Who doesn’t love bite-sized food? I can’t think of anyone!! These little zucchini bites are deliciously healthy, perfect for entertaining, and kid friendly!

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded
  • 1/4 cup of feta, crumbled
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, diced fine
  • several sprigs of parsley chopped fine
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of Ezekiel bread, toasted and crumbled  (to use as bread crumbs)
  • salt and pepper to taste

First, shred 3-4 medium zucchini in a food processor.

Using your hands, squeeze the zucchini tightly to remove excess moisture and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

In your mixing bowl, use your hands combine the shredded zucchini, feta, garlic, diced green onions, parsley, egg, crumbled Ezekiel bread, salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. If the mixture is too runny, simply add more crumbled Ezekiel bread.

Set the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is pre-heating, roll the mixture into small, round bite-size pieces (about the size of a golf ball) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 12 -15 mins or until firm.

These zucchini bites are delicious on their own but you can also serve them with marinara sauce (as pictured), BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or even organic ketchup! They’d be perfect as an afternoon snack when the kids get home from school or as a topping on a salad or over spaghetti; the possibilities are endless!

I served these recently at a party as an appetizer and the kids and adults both gobbled them up! The meat eaters even thought they were real meatballs!! I like to make a large batch and then freeze them, that way I’ve got a fast healthy snack always on hand 🙂

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14 Responses to “Easy Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes”

  1. Anonymous May 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Yummy, thanks!

  2. Anonymous May 10, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    U can’t wait to try these!

  3. Kibby May 10, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    I have all the ingredients in the fridge – will be making these little balls TODAY for lunch. 🙂 Thanks, love! will let you know how they come out! XXO

    • Linda May 10, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      You will love my balls, lol 😉

      • Kibby May 10, 2012 at 10:04 am #

        I know! I was going to say that. LOL! 🙂 You’re too cute! Stay that way!

  4. Ines May 10, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Linda,
    They look great!!
    Can we replace zucchini for another ingredient?
    Thanks!

    • Linda May 10, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      It’s worth a try!

    • Linda May 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Ines, shredded cauliflower or broccoli would probably be great as well!

  5. LizAshlee May 10, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Wow, these look fantastic…I can’t wait to make these for my family..they are visiting this weekend..perfect timing! 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Linda May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      How’d it go?!

  6. Lucy May 10, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Try to make sure the zucchini is organic and not infested with GMO’s. 🙂 Buying the ingredients to day to give these a try, thanks!

  7. thais.mcruz@terra.com.br February 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Linda, do you think I could use panko bread crumbs to replace the ezequiel bread? We don’t have that around here…

    This looks positively yummy, I’ve had my eyes on this recipe ever since you posted it. It’s time to roll up my sleeves, I’ll be serving them this weekend (a good healthy thing to eat before going into the juice feast!)

    • Linda February 23, 2013 at 3:44 am #

      sure!

  8. ba.borus@yahoo.ca March 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Hi Linda!
    This sounds like such a tasty recipe, and I love the idea of freezing some to have on hand… Whenever! I was curious, when you indicate feta cheese in your recipes, is this goat’s milk feta? I still haven’t quite warmed up to the taste of goat cheese – do you have a recommendation for those of us who aren’t so keen on the taste?

    Thanks!
    – Ainsley