Summer Zucchini Bites: Webisode #32


What's Going on Today: Big pancake breakfast, morning trip to the beach (hence the wet hair in the video), sunday chores.
Naptime Goals: Make Zucchini Bites with the zucchini I recently picked up at the farmer's market this week, finish up some Babble columns.
Tonight's Menu: Grilled Soyaki Chicken Thighs, Zucchini bites, cous-cous, Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Blondies.
Parenting Lesson of the Day: Never engage your child in negotiations regarding candy before lunchtime.

If you've ever seen a woman at your farmer's market hording zucchini from every available stand it's probably me. My love for zucchini knows no bounds and I am not afraid to admit that I buy it by the ton this time of year. I have a whole roster of great zucchini recipes and this is one from my mother-in-law. I love to make these little bites for a healthy afternoon snack or to serve alongside dinner. Or both.

As you'll see in the webisode, making these merely requires a bowl, spoon and measuring cup. The rest is simply a matter of grating and mixing. I easily whipped these up during my daughter's naptime so that we could all enjoy them for an afternoon snack. The best way to describe their taste is somewhere between a mini-quiche and a muffin. Savory and light, they are puffy and easy on the stomach since, after all, none of us want to be eating heavy foods in the middle of summer. Perhaps I shouldn't admit this, but after we shot this video the three of us polished off the whole pan! Ah, summer.

Summer Zucchini Bites
2 c. grated zucchini
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 c. sharp cheddar, grated
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. fresh parsley, finely chopped
Makes approximately 24 mini-muffin sized bites

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Butter a mini-muffin tin, set aside.
2. In a large glass bowl add two eggs and beat lightly with a whisk. Then, add the zucchini, onion, cheddar, bread crumbs and parsley and combine them with a wooden spoon.
3. Using your hands or an ice-cream scoop, fill each muffin cup just to the top. Bake  for 15-18 minutes or until the top is browned and set.

Naptime Notes:
Naptime Serving Ideas: These would be great served as a light bite at a dinner party or on a buffet table. If you want to mix up the flavors try using shallots instead of onions.
Naptime Stopwatch: Making this batter takes less than 15 minutes. Baking times is 15-18 minutes.
Naptime Reviews: This is a fun healthy vegetable bite for toddler. Despite the fact that my daughter dislikes eggs she will take a few bites of these.


  1. Very interesting idea, sounds good!

  2. Thank you for zucchini! It's in season and he already eats zucchini bread so why not your recipe? Takes some thought to work with zucchini, esp with kids. Nice.

  3. My mouth is simply watering. Yummy. Can't wait to try it!

  4. I am so trying this on Sunday!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea! This is the exact kind of blog I've been looking for.

  5. Had them last night! Delicious!

  6. Are these freezeable? I keep fast to make/reheat snacks around for my toddler since he has a tantrum when he decides he's hungry RIGHT NOW! I was thinking of flash freezing these then perhaps reheating in the microwave for 20-30 seconds?

  7. Hi @philandlauren, glad you like it! @SommerJ, welcome to the blog, always let me know if you have any questions! @Linda, so glad you enjoyed them! @Jen, make sure they are frozen solid since there i egg in them. Yes, they will reheat just fine!

  8. When my Zucchini comes on I will be making Zucchini bites. Love your website

  9. I have more zucchini then I know what to do with! On Sunday I made a zucchini crisp (replace apples with zucchini) and today I made a shredded zucchini chocolate cake. I am looking forward to trying these little bites tomorrow!

  10. Even if you pay for zuchini, this comes in at $2 for the whole thing and pnnies per serving. And if you want your toddler to get some calories then they should be able to get a hundred or so for every cup. This book http://bit.ly/5jARKt "Eating on $1" in amazon shows easy food prep, the dollars and the calories.

  11. Thanks so much for the recipe!
    I found this website yesterday, 30 minutes before I had to pick up my preschooler. A few minutes later I decided to make these zucchini bites and threw the onion and then eggs in the food processor. Then I plucked out the s-blade and popped on the shredder disc and shredded the zucchini and cheese into the bowl. Then I just stirred in the rest of the ingredients (I used a combo of parsley and chives because they grow next to each other in the garden and I just grabbed a quick handful) - it worked out beautifully and so quick!

    I was able to pull the pan out of the oven with a couple minutes to spare, and then had the perfect warm snack for my girls after school.

    It also made a fantastic breakfast this morning, with wheat toast and some berries, and took all of three minutes to get breakfast on the table! Thanks again :)

  12. Saw this on photograzing and just had to click. I'm so glad I did. These look wonderful.