Zucchini “Fries” & a Maple Bacon Turkey Burger!

by DanicasDaily on May 25, 2011

Happy Wednesday all!  Thanks for all the ideas on what shows to watch now that Biggest Loser is over (everyone looked AMAZING last night and I just LOVE the purple girls).  I have to say I am not as excited to have Anna K over Jillian, but, I will still watch LOL.

I think the consensus was to watch Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition

I also think I will be watching the Next Food Network Star & I am debating The Bachelorette.

This morning 5 am was TOO EARLY ~ it’s probably because I stayed up too late watching Chopped.  I LOVE that show too Winking smile

Pre workout I grabbed a banana and attempted to get into my workout groove.  Some days it just really doesn’t work not matter what I tried.  I told myself to stick it out for 20 minutes on the Elliptical and if I still wasn’t feeling it, I could stop.

Usually that works because once I get going I don’t’ want to stop ~ but, not today.  Something is ALWAYS better than nothing!

Breakfast was an Orowheat Double Fiber English Muffin topped with 1 Tbsp whipped butter (5 points+)


Protein power ~ Morning Star Maple Veggie Sausage (2 points+)


Fruit salad ~ can you believe The Husband and I have eaten all the fruit I cut up on Monday already Open-mouthed smile


I LOVED everyone’s guesses on what I made for lunch last night.  I actually want to try some of the things you all listed.

I actually first made this Spicy Noodle with Chicken Recipe awhile back, but, used big rice noodles.  I also bulk it up with broccoli slaw and carrots for crunch/color.


Other than that, I follow the recipe.  I grilled up chicken tenders with Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki.  However, leftover chicken would work great too.


I used the “Rice Sticks’ this time and they are not bad….I think I like the texture of the rice noodles more though.


1 3/4 cups topped with a few chopped cashews & sesame seeds (10 points+)


Dessert ~ Jo’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Caramel (2 points+) ~ I get a two pack at Pete’s and it looks like this.


After lunch I attended our Weekly Personal Training Session at work…This week’s theme actually impressed me (kicked my bootie!) more than I thought it would.

I now know I officially have NO EXCUSES to not get in a workout while travelling ~ start to finish this took us less than 30 minutes. No weights or equipment needed ~ only you!


* Start out with 5 minutes of stretching to warm up your body.

* Repeat the following series THREE times

1.  Full Body Squats alternating with High Knees ~ 15 reps per side

2.  1 Pushup followed by 5 Mountain Climbers ~ 10 reps

3.  Bootleggers ~ grab your toes and squat 90 degrees then straighten your legs never letting go of your toes ~ 15 reps

4.  Tricep Dips on the  ground with your hips held high ~ 10 reps

5.  Around the World Lunges ~ Lunge out in 5 directions starting with a front lunge, side angle lunch, side lunge, back angle lunge, backwards lunge.  Repeat twice on both legs.

6.  Plank ~ hold for 1 minute

Then, after doing the above, finish with the following for 1 repetition each

7.  Wall Squat ~ 1 minute


8.  Crunches ~ 30 Seconds

9.  Straight leg raises ~ 30 seconds

10. Side plank ~ 30 seconds per side

Pat yourself on the back and stretch for 5 minutes!

We were all completely sweating with shaky legs and arms in a good way!

Post workout afternoon snack ~ A Perfectly Hard Boiled Egg plus an Orange (2 points+)


Dinner tonight was FANTASTIC for three reasons.

1.  Well, it tasted delicious!

2.  It was easy to make

3.  The Husband ate and LOVED It all ~ all things he would normally not eat and it was good for him!

I was originally planning on grilling my zucchini but I really wanted “fries” to go with our turkey burgers.  I came across a recipe for Zucchini Fries when I was browsing this month’s Everyday Food and decided I NEEDED to make a lightened up version.




  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 oz shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 large zucchini cut, cut into 1/4-1/4 inch fry shapes
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste
  • Optional ~ Get fancy ~ add your own ranch or ketchup sauce for dipping


1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray.

2.  In a wide, shallow dish, combine panko through cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

3.  In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg whites and set aside.

4.  Working with one “fry” at a time, dip in the egg whites, then, breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere.  Arrange “fries” on the prepared cookie sheet in a single layer.  Discard remaining breadcrumb and egg whites.

5.  Bake until the coating is lightly browned and crisp, for about  20 minutes, flipping half way through.  Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. 

Makes 4 servings, 2 points+ each

Nutritional information per serving



Cut zucchini into “fry” shapes.  I actually would do mine a tad smaller next time because I liked the thinner/crispier ones better.  I did mine in 1/2 inch, so go for 1/4 inch “fries”.


Combine your toppings.


Dunk your fries into the egg whites.


Toss in the bread crumbs making sure to press the coating to make it stick.


Line them up on your prepared cookie sheet and bake at 425 until golden, flipping once.


After preparing the fries, I got to work on THIS Apple Maple Bacon Turkey Burger recipe that I has been on our weekly menu forever.


I used natural applesauce,  REAL bacon (3 slices) instead of bacon bits and added a little green onion for color & flavor.  Other than that, I followed the recipe 100%.

I imagine you could make a smaller burger and make 6 versus 4, but, it was nice having a HUGE burger.


While the burgers cooked, I prepped all the toppings.

I wasn’t sure I would like the Maple Dijonaiise but I actually LOVED it with these burgers. I used low-fat mayo to save a little on points+.


You could really use any of your favorite burger toppings, but, I went for simple.


I started off with a Sarah Lee White Wheat Bun and topped each half with 1/2 Tbsp of the Secret Sauce.


Add your toppings.


Plus one HUGE, deliciously grilled Apple Maple Bacon Turkey Burger.


Top with the burger hat and dig in.  We both ABSOLUTELY LOVED these burgers…there is so much flavor from the maple, Dijon and apple, although, I didn’t really taste the bacon.  I can’t believe it took me so long to make these because I will definitely make them again.

12 points+ for this quarter pounder and worth every single one. 


Served with a side of Zucchini Fries.  The Husband dipped his in ranch, I ate mine straight up.  They actually stay super crispy even as they cool.  I LOVE the little kick you get from the cayenne and the parmesan cheese just takes these “fries” to the next level.



* Ready for a new workout challenge? Check out THIS BOOTCAMP STYLE workout!


Have you ventured out to make “fries’ or a “burger” in a different way from the norm?  If so, what did you do?

I LOVED how different our dinner was and it definitely did not seem “diety”.

Coming up tomorrow ~ My list of Healthy Memorial Day Ideas!

Night all!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Gail H. May 26, 2011 at 3:23 am

OMG, I’ve been looking for things to make over this upcoming long w/e so I don’t break down and go out to eat :) Zucchini fries and those burgers are so on my menu! Thanks Danica! Hope I can find low point burger buns!


brandi May 26, 2011 at 4:47 am

uh yum! i wish i could eat dinner at your house every night :) everything always looks so good! nick would love those burgers. I need to make them soon.


Monica May 26, 2011 at 4:53 am

LOVE zucchini fries and I fix them about like you do. Try dipping them in cocktail sauce…yum! Even my kids love them that way.


Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats May 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

MMm I am so putting zucchini fries on my list. I’ve made fries with carrots and peanut butter before and those were amazing! I just love finding recipes that take something not very healthy, like fried potatoes, and replaces it with a vegetable!

Nut Butter Encrusted Carrot/Parsnip Fries: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/04/16/these-fries-will-change-your-life/


Tami May 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

You can come cook for me anytime! I am always trying new and different recipes! That burger looks amazing!

I gained back a few pounds and decided I could use a challenge to lose them once again. So I decided to host a Small Change Challenge! There will be prized for those who join and do the full 4 weeks!

Stop by and read about it and see if you would like to join!



Noura May 26, 2011 at 8:58 am

that looks soooo delcious! I’d try it w/ turkey bacon though, bc we don’t eat pork. I do love some turkey bacon though! :-)


Roz May 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

Hi Danica. I can’t wait to try the zucchini fries, they look fantastic! All your meals do…thanks for sharing your great ideas with us! Have a good day.


Biz May 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

I love all your eats Danica – and love that you eat like me, i.e. you eat bigger point meals. I work with someone who goes to WW with me, and she eats like a 3 point breakfast, 3 point lunch, maybe 3 points of snacks during the day, then goes home and eats like 40 points because she is so starving!

I think my menu next week is going to come from your blog only! 😀


janetha @ meals & moves May 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

Maple in a burger–DELICIOUS. And I want all that colorful fruit. Love you!


Antonia May 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I am absolutely obsessed with anything zucchini! I found a great recipe from Hungry Girl about using Fibre1 to make “faux-fried” zucchini sticks because I really need to stop eating the real deep fried zucchini sticks. =S


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts May 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Your day looks delicious! I am new to your site, and so far I am loving it!


Lori Smith May 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Ok so how do your burgers look so well put together? Every time I make them, they seem to fall apart. I’m totally going to malt them this weekend.


DanicasDaily May 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

Hi Lori,

I didn’t do anything special with my burgers and I doubt my green onion addition added much. You know I did use a single serving applesauce container and 1.25 lbs of ground turkey so maybe it was less saucy? I do wait to flip them for about 10 minutes to make sure they have had time to cook/form together a bit on the grill.

Hope that helps a little,



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