Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cheesy Zucchini Bites!!

Sorry i'm little late but wat to do i've been drooling over some of the fantastic recipes n dishes of the fellow bloggers and cudn't really make up my mind as to wat shud be my next Temptation! Anyways this time i wanted to make something different from the routine( i mean keep myself away from the desserts :)) and while i was doing some serious research,i came across this Cheesy Zucchini Bites recipe.

Garden-fresh zucchini and cherry tomatoes are tastefully combined in these colorful appetizersThis healthy zucchini is topped with tomatoes and crumbled cheese, then baked until melted. Interesting thing about this dish is It includes all the colors of Christmas but wat attracted me the most was the fact that Each bite has just 19 calories in it........how fascinating does that sound!!!


You will need:

2 medium zucchini (about 6 inches long)
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled ( you may use blue cheese if u like)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
1 pint cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced


Directions:

1. Cut zucchini into 3/4-inch slices. Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out the insides and discard, leaving the bottom intact. Place zucchini on an ungreased baking sheet; spoon 1/2teaspoon crumbled feta cheese into each. 

2. Combine the Parmesan cheese, basil, and chilli powder; sprinkle half over feta cheese. Top each with a tomato slice; sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan mixture.

3. Bake at 400°F until cheese is melted, 5-7 minutes. Serve warm. 


And these look gorgeous when served. Believe it or not a dish that looks good is more likely to be eaten. Even picky kids will eat food if it looks appealing and properly arranged and these are very easy to make and are beautiful on an appetizer tray. 


That reminds me of the post i made an year ago on Food Presentation, have a look at it. My tips will definetely help you set your dishes apart from the crowd.

Anyways back to the topic,the feta cheese explodes in your mouth with tangy abandon and is a real treat. I was never a zucchini fan but i liked them a lot, even my husband who won't eat zucchini had enough bites.


Its a quick and pretty appetizer. I used a basil tomato flavored crumbled feta cheese instead of blue cheese (Original recipe recommends blue cheese), Feta still gives it that "bite" but tends to be more appealing to people. Even the non-veggie people will enjoy them.


I made it short and simple this time, will come back with more interesting things next time and that is going to be very soon. One more look at these cheesy bites :-


Have a great weekend guys!
Stay tuned for more of my temptations!

142 comments:

doggybloggy said...

absolutely beautiful.

AshKuku said...

Very colorful & vibrant..... Those pics are still flashing in front of me.... Well prepared & well presented to capture the BEST!!!!!

Ash.....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Soma Pradhan said...

You r indeed a very good photographer...Take it up proffessionally...!!!the stuffed veegies looks yummy

Meena said...

lovely dish and presentation is awesome as always...keep posting!!!

Tina said...

Wow...simply superb and colourful..

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This look beautiful and healthy !

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yum!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Easy & interesting too.........

shanthi said...

Unique, colourful and healthy dish

Sushma Mallya said...

very beautiful dish, new to me but looks fantastic,would love to try this out..

Hari Chandana said...

Wow.. looks so beautiful & colorful.. perfect presentation.. thanks for sharing!!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

This is really gorgeous and healthy too, thanks for sharing...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

A great guilt-free temptation!Hey, would you be interested in participating in a giveaway happening at my space?

Priya said...

Never thought of making out zucchini bites like this, looks so cute and cheesy appetizier to enjoy na...

वन्दना अवस्थी दुबे said...

रेसिपी बढिया है, फोटो बढिया है, सब बढिया है केवल एक शिकायत है, कहां गायब हो जाती हैं इतने-इतने दिनों के लिये?

Smita Srivastava said...

Hi Aruna
First time here , jus love these zucchini bites , i truly agree with u, a great looking dish is dfntly more inviting . Do sneak a peek at my blog wen fre , its all abt food creations n styling .

Smita
@ little Food Junction

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Aruna,
I totally agree with you that a dish that looks good is more likely to be eaten:-)
This looks not only attractive but healthy also.
Have a great weekend !!!

Deepa
http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.com/

Nandini said...

Wow! What a terrific snack to munch on! I love the cheesy smoothy bites!

meeso said...

These are amazing! What an awesome idea... I'm sure they are so delicious :)

Ms.Chitchat said...

Gorgeous looking zucchini bites. Loved the color combo,guess weavers opt for colors in sari from these :):)

Gita said...

Wow gorgeous clicks dear...they look so appetizing :)

ARUNA said...

Thanks Doggybloggy!

ARUNA said...

Thanq Asha dear, let me go and check ur space!

ARUNA said...

Soma thanks for the compliment yaar, and yeah someday i will :)

ARUNA said...

Thanks Meena!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Tina!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Sonia, yes they r healthy!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Somoo!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Sailaja, they r very easy to make!

ARUNA said...

Tq Shanti!

ARUNA said...

Yes Sushma, go ahead and try..u'll like it!

ARUNA said...

HC tx for ur appreciation!

ARUNA said...

T A T: Tx for the visit yaa.

ARUNA said...

Cool Lassi, yeah let me have a look at ur post!

ARUNA said...

Tq Priya dear!

ARUNA said...

Vandana ji, aapki shikaayat sar aaankhon par, rukiye mein aa rahi hoon aapke blog par!

ARUNA said...

Tx for the visit Smita, i will surely see your blog!

ARUNA said...

Hamareerasoi: Tx for agreeing with me dear!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Nandini!

ARUNA said...

Yes Meeso they r very delicious!

Raje said...

Lovely appetizers Aruna. The color itself is so beautiful to make one gobble a handful....

ARUNA said...

Tq MsChitchat!

ARUNA said...

Thanq Gita!

ARUNA said...

Thanks a lot Raje!

Subhie Arun said...

wow tats absolutely colorful n interesting..!!awesome click yar!.thx for sharing

Swathi said...

Aruna,

Chessy Zucchini bites looks good.

Ana Powell said...

Excellent presentation and delicious x

Raji said...

Hey Aruna...I Loved The Colorful Shots. Ur Breaking Ur Own Records....again n again...superb...

Chef E said...

OH Aruna! Your zucchini brings visions of a glorious spring and time for summer veggies to hit the market, not to mention my table! Okay now I have my side dish to my shrimp dish for Sunday Supper! Your brilliant!

Chef E said...

OH Aruna! Your zucchini brings visions of a glorious spring and time for summer veggies to hit the market, not to mention my table! Okay now I have my side dish to my shrimp dish for Sunday Supper! Your brilliant!

Amy B. said...

Omgosh! Looks heavenly!!! Good job, i love the colors! :-) amazing

Anya said...

Yes I was waiting on a new post
LOL
But its again sooooo colorful
you are very talented :-)

Enjoy your sunday
Hugs to all Kareltje =^.^=

Leena said...

Hi Aruna,

Thanks for dropping by!!!.You got a lovely space and nice recipes with wonderful pics,very colurful!zucchini cheese bites looks yummy...

my kitchen said...

Tempting & healthy one,Pass that plate to me dear

Sophie said...

Lovely appetizers, aruna!! They look so tasty & appetizing too!

MMMMMM,...many greets from Brussels!

ARUNA said...

Welcome bac Subhie!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Swathi!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Ana!

ARUNA said...

Thanks a lot Raji!

ARUNA said...

Elizabeth, tx for those motivating words!

ARUNA said...

Tx Amy, so do i!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Anya, hugs to kareltje!

ARUNA said...

Tx for the compliment Leena, keep visiting!

ARUNA said...

mykitchen: take it anytime :)

Haddock said...

Just 19 calories ?
Well I must try this (and it looks healthy too)
I read the fine print too, but what the heck.

Angie's Recipes said...

They look simply delicious, beautiful and healthy!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear aruna
This is an wonderful recipe ..Just thinking how to try it ..and laughing ..
If I want to try here in Milano, I have all the ingredients available, including Parmesan certified..but dont have an oven ( they have given a stupid micro) and in India , I dont get a good parmesan generally.
SO thinking of carrying a small slab of parmesan from here and make it..
have a nice week

Aysha said...

Very very creative....beautiful colours....loved it!!!

ARUNA said...

Yep Haddock, u heard it right, its just 19 calories!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Angie!

ARUNA said...

Ushnish ji, do try them in India bcoz they won't taste good in microwave!

ARUNA said...

Tx Aysha!

Pavithra said...

Looks too good and healthy appetizer.

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. fantastic entry.. great clicks.. thxs for sharing..

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Hi dear Aruna...loved ur cheezy bites!!! yummy yummy...:)

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

வாவ்வ்வ் மிக அருமையாக இருக்கு...

Heavenly Housewife said...

What an amazing starter. I bet I could eat a ton of these. They look delicious :)
*kisses* HH

ARUNA said...

Thanks Pavithra!

ARUNA said...

Tx Srivalli!

ARUNA said...

LOVE2COOK: Enjoy ur new home and break!

ARUNA said...

Mrs Menegasathia: Though i didn't understand the language, i'm sure u complimented my work, so thanks :)

ARUNA said...

HH: I dont c ur blog link when i click on ur name!

srividhya Ravikumar said...

wow..awesome cololuful...great.. visit my site when u have time..following you

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome presentation ..looks super yumy!!

Cynthia said...

I can't see all of your images :(

RennyBA's Terella said...

Another tempting, wonderful, delicious, colourful and readable (read; eatable) post from you! Just the photo in themselves, makes my mouth watering :-) It looks so green, so healthy and fresh!

Btw: Thanks for the regular visit and comments on mine!
I always like to know my regular readers, and since we are connected at LinkedIn too, I could learn from you're profile about you're professional side too. That took me to you're work web page, and a presentation of you; so you can more than cook or manage facts and figures - you're a great singer and dancer too :-)

So now I wonder if you like travelling and if so; Have you consider joining me and friends in Blogsphere from all over the world at the Oslo Blog Gathering?

Cakelaw said...

These are definitely a cool idea for parties!

Raina said...

This dish looks great. I am always looking for good appetizers. I love that it is healthy, so many appetizers are not. Thanks!

ARUNA said...

Tx for the visit Srividhya!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Sarah!

ARUNA said...

Renny, that's really great...no one ever knew about me so much, even i kind of forgot abt me....lol!!!!

ARUNA said...

cakelaw: yes they r very good appetizers for parties!!

ARUNA said...

Hi Raina, they surely r healthy!!

FoodLovers said...

pls collect ur award from my blog dear

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Looks colorful,beautiful and refreshing.

Padhu said...

Looks healthy and yummy!

sangi said...

Wow!wat a colorful click!nice recipe n beautiful presentation!

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! such color and I think the taste would prove to provide the same sensation!!!!

- The Tablescaper

Aparna S Mallya said...

you have an amazing collection of recipes, Aruna, and the low calorie zuchini snack looks delicious!

Jay said...

Hy Aruna,

Adpoly recipe, Looks very tempting...
first time here, You have a wonderful collection of recipes. Pics are tempting...I love them! Do drop in at my blog sometime...

Cooking Foodie said...

These look yum... nice presentation too

Lady Boheme said...

Hi, deliziosa e molto gustosa questa ricetta di zucchini! Ho dei premi per te! Se ti fa piacere, sono tuoi! Kiss

ARUNA said...

Foodlovers: Tx a lot for the award dear, appreciate it!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Dhanya!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Padhu!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Sangi!

ARUNA said...

Tx a lot Table Scaper, i wish i knew ur name!

ARUNA said...

Tx for the visit Aparna!

ARUNA said...

Tx Jay, will surely visit your space!

ARUNA said...

Cooking Foodie: Tx!

ARUNA said...

Thanks a lot Lady Boheme!!

Krishnaveni said...

simple and colourful.......

Heather said...

What beautiful little appetizers! Just right for a party or reception.

Padma said...

WOW Aruna... looks very tempting... colorful and healthy.

Pete said...

Love the combination of the colourful ingredients....looks good!

Ammu Madhu said...

amazing

msmeanie said...

Oh yum! I can't wait for zucchini season to start around here. This looks like a perfect party appetizer.

Oraphan said...

Oh Wow, these look absolutely amazing! What a brilliant idea!

ARUNA said...

Tq Krishnaveni!

ARUNA said...

Yes Heather, they r perfect for a party!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Padma!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Pete!

ARUNA said...

Thanks AmmuMadhu!

ARUNA said...

Tx Msmeanie, yeah u shud try this out once u get them!

ARUNA said...

Thank you Oraphan!

Swathi Pradeep said...

Ur Blog is AWESOME!!
I too have a recipe blog: http://swathipradeepkitchen.blogspot.com
Pls check it and lemme know ur views on my food blog :)
I have followed ur awesome blog! :)

Parita said...

First of all love ur profile pic..very cute :)
Zucchini cheesy bites look sooo good!

Anya said...

Have a

H_A_P_P_Y

E_A_S_T_E_R

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya & Family

ARUNA said...

Thanks for the visit Swathi!!

ARUNA said...

Hehe tx for the compliment Parita!

ARUNA said...

Tx and happy Easter to u too Anya!

Kamalika said...

Dear Aruna the bite are just awesome and the Pomegranate apple Jelly as well....both are too tempting....

Katy said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I think I will make these for an engagement party I will be attending and preparing for. These will wow the guests! Thank you sooooo much for this TERRIFIC idea and post!!! HUGS!!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I love this. I make something similar but they're zucchini boats.

Nisha said...

These looks delicious

Food Lover said...

Looks really fantastic, and yummy, I have to try this out, thanks for sharing :)

Vani said...

Colorful and pretty pics! Long time no post. Hope you're well, Aruna!

Ragini Miranda's Kitchen said...

Loved the recipes on your blog am following your blog ...Pls check mine at
www.happyhealthyfuncooking.blogspot.com
Pls follow if you like it .

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Colorful site and recipe. Keep Posting !!!

Do visit this new comer in
http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

Now Serving said...

Loving this - just the kind of food I like to make
http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/03/best-yellow-layer-cake.html

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Aruna
How are you?
Very nice recipe and awesome presentation. I like it.

Rosita Vargas said...

Love the combination beautiful presentation,wow..wat colorful nice recipes,easy and interesting too,Aruna abrazos desde Chile.