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Crispy Buttercup Squash Poppers
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Packed with creamy flavor, but lower in fat, these squash poppers make the perfect dinner or side dish.”
3 to 3½-pound buttercup or butternut squash
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup panko bread crumbs
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon black pepper
Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
1 5.3 to 6-ounce carton plain fat-free Greek yogurt
¼ cup light mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 dash salt
1 dash ground chipotle chile pepper or chili powder (optional)
Fresh arugula (optional)
1Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil. Halve, seed, and peel squash. Cut half of the squash into 3-inch strips. Reserve the remaining squash for another use.
2In a shallow dish combine eggs and flour. In another shallow dish stir together bread crumbs, cheese, and black pepper. Roll squash strips in egg mixture, then in crumb mixture to coat. Place in the prepared baking pan.
3Lightly coat tops of squash strips with cooking spray. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until tender and golden.
4Meanwhile, for sauce, remove ½ tsp. zest and squeeze 2 tsp. juice from lemon. In a small bowl combine lemon zest, 1 to 2 tsp. of the juice, and the next five ingredients (through ground chipotle pepper). If desired, sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper.
5If desired, arrange squash poppers on a bed of arugula. Serve with sauce for dipping.