I don’t know about you, but, for me, sometimes a big ol’ meal with mounds of bread and meat is the last thing I feel like eating. Sometimes it’s the only thing I feel like eating. But sometimes it’s not. So for the days that its not I’m probably in the mood for something light but that has enough good calories to get me through the day.
So I’m sharing with you today one of my go-to filling and healthy snacks that takes about 5 minutes to make and is almost impossible to screw up.
Zucchini and Ricotta Bites
I came up with this recipe because I am currently growing some gorgeous looking zucchini on my roof and they are gonna be ready soon so I need to have a variety of zucchini recipes tested and at my fingertips when my bounty is finally ready to be harvested. Plus I am one of those girls who loves zucchini. Really, I do.
Now, you don’t have to smear your ricotta onto your cutting board, I just did that for creative effect.
What you’ll need:
1/3 cup ricotta, homemade or store bought
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your pan
*This will make about 15 zucchini pieces, so you can adjust according to how much you want to make
What to do with it:
Start heating some olive oil in a frying pan on medium-low, not to much, just enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan
Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch pieces, cutting on the diagonal…this will give you slightly elongated pieces which I think just looks nice
Place the slices in the pan and generously sprinkle with salt and peper
Allow to gently brown on both sides without getting too soggy, remember, you want your bites to maintain their firmness so you can pick them up with your hands
*If you end up overcooking them, just use a fork to eat
Once browned, place on some paper towels to drain off some of the excess oil
Then place on your serving platter or plate and top with a small spoonful of ricotta
Squeeze literally 2 drops of lemon juice on top of each bite – too much more and it will overpower the light flavors of both the zucchini and cheese
Garnish, if you want, with very thin slices of lemon rind, making sure to avoid using any of the white pith of the skin because it will give your bite a bitter taste