Crispy Zucchini Sticks

Crunchy exterior and tender on the inside, these Baked Zucchini Sticks are a great alternative to greasy French fries.

Space two oven racks evenly in the bottom half of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Line two baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a shallow bowl or plate add the flour. Then, in another plate add 2 eggs and whisk to break up.

Finally, in a third bowl, combine the panko, parmesan, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and cayenne pepper; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Cut zucchini in half vertically and horizontally. Then, cut into 1/2 inch thick sticks.

Working in batches, first dredge the zucchini in flour, then dip into the eggs, next dredge in the panko mixture, pressing to coat.

Place breaded zucchini onto prepared baking sheets and spread into a single, even layer, leaving space around each piece; this will require using two baking sheets.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Then, swap and rotate the pans for even baking. Continue to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until fries are golden brown.

Garnish with parsley and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.