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Simple and Delicious Zucchini Gems

These flavourful Zucchini Gems are a quick, tasty way to get the kids eating, and loving green veggies!


Go Green: Zucchini Gems


  • 1 ½ cups of grated zucchini (approximately two medium sized zucchinis)
  • ½ cup of grated parmesan
  • 1 cup of plain bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian herbs


  • Pre-heat oven to 180ºc, and line a cooking tray with baking paper
  • Grate the zucchini onto a chopping board or plate
  • Using some paper towel, or a clean tea towel, wrap up the grated zucchini and press firmly to remove excess water
  • In a large bowl mix the zucchini, bread crumbs, cheese and herbs together
  • Add in the egg and combine all ingredients together
  • Once all ingredients are well combined use your hands to shape the mixture into the gem shape
  • I modelled mine as closely as possible to potato gems for optimal veggie hiding deception
  • Place the gems on your lined tray and give them a light spray with cooking oil on all sides
  • Pop into the oven for 15 mins at 180ºc. You may want to turn them halfway through the cooking time, depending on your oven.


Serve with your favourite dipping sauce or sour cream and tomato chutney for the big kids

The nitty gritty:

  • Makes about 20 Zucchini Gems
  • Recipe takes about 30 minutes to complete including cooking time
  • If parmesan is not your thing these gems taste just as good with a pizza mix cheese or grated tasty
  • Make sure to grab yourself some before they all disappear!


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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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