Easy Baked Parmesan Zucchini

June 17, 2015

Easy Baked Parmesan Zucchini




My mobile phone fell in the toilet Friday morning.
To be precise, I accidentally dropped my phone down the toilet.
It was 7am, I was ridiculously grumpy, and I was checking my emails. There were so many annoying ones I got upset and I accidentally dropped the phone (read this as throw it..ugh!)
I immediately retrieved it, wiped it off, and powered it down.
I ran to the get the hair-dryer and I blow-dried it for a couple minutes (I didn't realize that the heat is more damaging than helpful — so if it ever happens to you, don't do it!)
Nothing happened.
I was so shocked, I wasn't sure which emotion I was feeling. I wanted to be angry, but I couldn’t. It was so surreal, I was laughing hysterically.
You hear about people dropping their phones in the toilet, sink, pool, sea, lake, cup of coffee, bowl of soup, but you never think you’re going to be one of them.

Parmesan Cheese




Anyways, I was ready to buy a new phone when my friend Anna suggested to place in Ziploc bag filled with dry rice and leave it be for at least 3 days.
Which is what I did.
Monday morning I turned it on and it worked perfectly fine.
I’m serious.
It’s like nothing ever happened.
Maybe I was just lucky, or I’ve been patient enough.
I guess miracles can happen, and I guess that rice is magic.

Easy Baked Parmesan Zucchini




You know what else is magic?
These Easy Baked Parmesan Zucchini.
It's one of the simplest recipes out there, and one you'll be glad to have in your back pocket this summer, when zucchini are abundant.
Zucchini are tricky little things. They can be delicious, but, if not cooked just right, they tend towards the watery and bland. So a great zucchini recipe is a real bonus.
Baking zucchini is a perfect way to cook them. It intensifies the zucchini flavor, evaporates some of the water, plus it’s quick and easy.
Some Parmesan cheese, some herbs, a bit of seasoning, 20 minutes in the oven, and BANG! crispy baked zucchini with a delicious Parmesan crust.
Now that’s real magic!

Easy Baked Parmesan Zucchini


Easy Baked Parmesan Zucchini                                                                                        Print this recipe!
Barely adapted from CookingClassy and DamnDelicious

Ingredients
Serves 4

6 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise
8 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) .
Lightly grease a cooling rack and place it on a baking sheet. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Carefully brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan mixture.
Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 minutes, until crisp and golden brown.
Serve immediately!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 127 calories, 10 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, and 5 grams of protein.

26 comments:

  1. Yum! I love zucchini, though I'm sure I'll change my tune in a month. Sorry about the phone! I dropped mine in a body of water (did the rice thing) and it took 2 years for the wires to corrode. Which was fine because I was due for another one by then. Slightly annoying because the water phone wouldn't power down or charge so it forced the upgrade.

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    1. Two years is not bad, I'll settle for that...

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  2. Man you got lucky with that phone situation. Better story, I dropped my phone in the toilet at the bar on a Friday night. And I had the reaction time of a ninja and scooped it out ASAP. And luckily it kept working. But then I realized I dropped my phone in a public toilet and wasn't sure it was worth keeping. Moral of the story, maybe we shouldn't be on our phones by the toilet! LoL. But these zucchini sound amazing - love the addition of Parmesan -it makes anything just that much better!

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    1. I'm not sure I would have retrieved the phone in a public toilet. But you're absolutely right, no more phone in the toilet! ;)

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  3. So sorry to hear about your phone haha! Totally surprised that the rice trick actually worked!
    Also, this recipe looks amazing - love zucchini so always looking for new ways to cook it!

    www.cultivatebeauty.com.au

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    1. I'm still surprised by the rice thing, it's so amazing!

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  4. Hi Mike, I have heard of that working before, now I know it works, great news. Even better this zucchini recipe, love that veggie.

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    1. Rice works the magic, it's incredible but it's true!

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  5. This looks amazing and love all the herbs here! I've heard of the rice trick working, but I've been fortunate enough not to experience it firsthand :)

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    1. I sincerely hope you'll never need to use the rice trick...

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  6. I do hope that I will ONLY need this great recipe from your post, not the advice on the cell phone - I've been lucky so far, and pretty much wasted the insurance I paid on my first cell phone years ago. (knock on wood, I did not get the insurance for my iPhone 6, only a couple of months old)

    great recipe, we love zucchini!

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  7. Oh man, I totally walked into the pool last summer with my phone in my pocket. I just quite simply forgot it was there. I tried all of the tricks including the bag of rice. No luck. I had to buy a new one. Talk about a bad mistake! But let's keep the past behind us and talk about the future, eh? As in when will you be showing up with a plate of these Parmesan-encrusted zukes? Tonight? Well that is good! #WolfpackPhoneRepair

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    1. What about making all phones waterproof? I don't think it's that hard or that expensive...

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  8. I watched a video on YouTube a few days back where they were doing an experiment with a very mature banana. They kept it in a bag full of rice for a few hours and, after that, it was yellow again. The rice absorbed the water. It may work the same with mobile!! 
    Last year the same things happened to me whilst on a boat ride in one of the canals here in Amsterdam. I was not lucky enough to give the rice a go!

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    1. I'm so doing the banana experiment. I have a uber ripe one that just begs to be put to test. I'll let you know the results!

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  9. Don't you worry, Mike! I've got the best friend, and I think nobody could beat her. Being a student she dropped her phone twice during one day - first time in the jar of cranberry juice and a few hours later in the toilet, while drying it. She survided, and so did the phone. The phone died later one anyways, but that was another story. But who cares about this stuff once you have these delish zucchini, right? I don't care.

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  10. Love zucchini and this is one scrumptious recipe, Mike! Just a few days ago we saved a video about how to save your wet iphone, and we are very glad that after your phone went on a Jacques Cousteau dive expedition you were able to rescue it. Happy Weekend!

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  11. I almost dropped my phone the other morning myself and did this amazing dive and catch move that impressed me. It barely touched the water! Talk about being a nimble ninja, and that was before my espresso! That dry ice trick is good to know, thanks for that and these quick and easy zucchini. Awesome recipe that will be used this Summer for sure!

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    1. Oh man, you need to teach me how to be a nimble ninja...

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  12. I will now remember this recipe as magic zucchini. So glad your phone worked for you!!

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  13. What is a broiler? Do you mean that they should be grilled?

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  14. These zucchinis are so DELICIOUS! :D Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. My husband and I tried them on Friday and had to make them again on Sunday right away. I'm sure we'll have them often now :)
    And thank you for the advice on how to dry a smartphone. That might come in handy some day. I'm very glad it worked for you!
    Have a great week! :)

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    1. That's awesome Beate, I'm stoked you liked this recipe that much.
      Have a great week yourself!

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  15. That segway though!! Bahaha. Glad the phone is working! The zucchini look delish! I'll try this one soon. :D

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