Ask DJ Lyons: Grilled Zucchini and Wheat Germ Appetizer

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Grilled Zucchini with Wheat Germ ready to eat

This is a recipe I came up with as i was driving. In my effort to add more vegetables and nutrition to my diet, the thought of grilling zucchini on my Nordic Ware grill sounded like it might work. The additional thought of breading it with Wheat Germ sounded like it might work.

This could make a great appetizer or side dish. It is also a fun light meal to snack on during the day.

I feel the end result was pretty tasty. Try it yourself to see if you agree.

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Step 1 - Pour Wheat Germ onto plate and spread out

 Spread out the Wheat Germ onto a plate or flat dish or pan.

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Step 2 - Have Zucchini, Wheat Germ, and Olive Oil veggie spray ready

Slice up some zucchini length-wise.

You will also need some Olive Oil veggie spray ready.

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Step 3 - Spray Nordic Ware Grill with Olive Oil veggie spray

Spray the grill pan with Olive Oil spray. When the zucchini are ready to go, turn on the stove to high.

Let the grill pan preheat for 1 minute before adding the zucchini.

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Step 4 - After wetting zucchini with water, place on plate to be covered with Wheat Germ

Normally, I would have wet the zucchini with egg; however, I wanted to keep this appetizer as healthy as possible. Instead, I wet it with water.

Then I breaded the zucchini by placing them on top of the Wheat Germ. Bread the zucchini on both sides.

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Step 5 - Place zucchini pieces facedown onto heated grill

Place the zucchini facedown onto the heated grill. Grill the side of the zucchini that has the most breading first.

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Step 6 - Grill both sides of zucchini for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side

Grill both sides of the zucchini 3 to 5 minutes each. You want to keep the zucchini slightly crunchy to help preserve more of the nutrients. You might need to turn on the oven fan from all the smoking of the grill.

Grilled Zucchini with Wheat Germ ready to eat

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Equipment - Nordic Ware Grill Pan

This is my Nordic Ware Grill pan. It is one of the best buys I have ever made. When you cook meat or seafood on this grill, it not only looks like you cooked it on an outdoor grill due to the dark lines, it tastes that way as well. The other benefits over cooking on an outdoor grill:

  • You don't have that smoke chasing your around like it happens to us when we grill outdoors. You can simply turn your stove fan on if it starts to get too smoky.
  • A lot of times, we end up overcooking or undercooking food on the outdoor grill. This pan makes it a lot easier to monitor.
  • Preparation time and clean-up is a lot faster and easier using this pan.







 

Nordic Ware Searing Grill

Nordic Ware Santa Fe Red Steel Cookware Searing Grill
Nordic Ware Santa Fe Red Steel Cookware Searing Grill

* Raised ribs to create authentic grilling lines * Constructed of aluminized steel * Non-stick cooking surface * Red enamel exterior adds pizzaz to your table * Made in the USA

 
Nordic Ware Professional Weight Searing Grill Pan
Nordic Ware Professional Weight Searing Grill Pan

* Raised ribs to create authentic grilling lines * Constructed of aluminized steel * 11" cooking surface * Made in the USA

 
Nordic Ware Superior Steel Searing Grill
Nordic Ware Superior Steel Searing Grill

* Hardcoat exterior for durability * Premium non-stick interior surface for easy clean up * Made of heavyweight aluminized steel for even heating * Stay cool stainless steel handles * Made in the USA

 

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