One of Little Miss’ favorite snacks is pretzels.  If it were up to her, I think she would eat them every day for every meal!  Of course, it doesn’t bother me that much – pretzels are a pretty healthy snack, especially now when Snyder’s of Hanover has them with whole wheat, whole grains, oats, and even flax!  Pretzels dipped in peanut butter is a great after-school snack for Little Miss that I can feel good about feeding her.  I like the following recipe made with pretzels. The pretzels add a great flavor, and it can work as a snack or a meal!

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Pretzel-Crusted Portabello and Zucchini Strips

10 oz of your favorite flavor of Snyder’s Pretzels
2 tsp Italian Seasoning
½ C hot sauce (or 2 eggs well beaten to make it child friendly)
3 small zucchini, sliced in half and cut into sticks
6 ounces large portabellos, sliced

1 T butter
1 T flour
¼ C water
¼ C milk
4 oz your favorite cheese (sharp cheddar or mexican blend work well)
2 T whole grain mustard

Grind pretzels using a food processor and put into large bowl.
Dip veggies into pretzels, then put into second large bowl.
Coat veggies with hot sauce or eggs.
Return to the pretzels bowl, and coat well.
Place veggies on a baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.
While veggies are cooking, prepare the cheese dip.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour, stirring constantly, for about one minute.
Add water and milk, mixing well.  Once mixture starts bubbling, add cheese and mustard and heat until cheese is melted.
Cover to keep warm until veggies are ready.

Want some other healthy snacking ideas?

  • Be sure to always include a protein in your snacks so they are more filling.
  • Making your food into fun shapes will always make it more fun for children to eat.  Pretzels can make antlers, black olives can make eyes – use your imagination!
  • Let your child go to the farmer’s market with you and pick out a fruit or vegetable for snacks that week.  If they get to help pick them, they are more likely to eat them.
  • Most children love dips!  Create a healthy dip and let your child dip carrot chips, pretzels, crackers, or fruit in them.
  • Let you child grow a garden.  This will get them more interested in fruits and vegetables.
  • Combine foods your child is familiar with and foods that aren’t as familiar to make them more attractive.

Thanks to Snyder’s of Hanover for sponsoring this great post!  I really enjoyed creating a fun recipe with pretzels, and my daughter enjoyed snacking on the leftovers!

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3 thoughts on “Pretzel-Crusted Portabello and Zucchini Strips

  1. Good ideas. Making me hungry.
    I found out by accident that pretzals and crackers make great gravy, roux or coating. One time I used Matzo meal to start a gravy and now I demand it. I looked at the ingredients and it said Matzo Meal was ….ground up crackers!

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