Scrumptious Baked Zucchini Tots Recipe

This article was originally published by Dr. Mercola

As far as American food staples go, tater tots have remained popular since their invention in 1953.1 But although many people seem to love these soft, bite-sized foods, they’re absolutely far from healthy. Tater tots are usually available in frozen packages, and are most likely to have been heavily processed and the ingredients have been stripped of their nutrients. Plus, these tots are usually fried in unhealthy vegetable oils that can damage your health in the long run.

If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional tater tots, you will love this Scrumptious Baked Zucchini Tots Recipe. A combination of zucchini and raw cheddar cheese takes the place of potato, making for a healthier and tastier version of this classic that’s sure to be a hit among people of various ages.

Scrumptious Baked Zucchini Tots Recipe

Cooking Time: 16 to 18 minutes

Ingredients

Serving Size:6

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease baking sheet with coconut oil.
  2. Place grated zucchini into a clean dish towel and wring all of the excess water out.
  3. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 16 to 18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Bake until golden.

This Scrumptious Baked Zucchini Tots Recipe Is Far From Boring

If you’re worried that these tots won’t taste as good, don’t fret. Because you made use of healthier ingredients, this Zucchini Tots recipe proves that you can enjoy some of your favorite foods without sacrificing flavor, and more importantly, your health. Who knows, you might like these better than the original.

Zucchini: A Perfect Fit for These Tots

Using grated zucchini instead of mashed potato for these tots might be one of the best decisions you can make. Zucchini is a perfect alternative not just because of its fresh taste, but because of the additional health benefits you can get from it. Zucchini is a low-calorie vegetable that does not contain bad cholesterol and unhealthy fats, but is rich in dietary fiber. This is good news for people who are watching their weight, and/or those who want to increase their daily fiber intake.

Meanwhile, flavonoid antioxidants like zeaxanthin, carotenes and lutein in zucchini may help with slowing down aging, preventing diseases and eradicating harmful free radicals from your body. Zucchini’s mineral content is impressive, too. Apart from iron, manganese and phosphorus, these minerals deliver the following benefits:

  • Potassium: assists in moderating blood pressure levels and counteracting the effects of consuming too much sodium
  • Zinc and magnesium: can help ensure healthy blood sugar regulation

If you want to reap zucchini’s health benefits, retain the skin when adding it to your dishes. Most of zucchini’s antioxidant and fiber content are in this area. Plus, always make sure to purchase this vegetable organic, as most zucchini in the U.S. today is genetically modified.


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