BBQ Zucchini Chips

Hi friends! I absolutely loved reading your comments on yesterday’s intermittent fasting post. Thank you again to Maria and Catherine for starting the conversation! For now on, I think that would be a fun way to present “Focus On” posts regarding diet, just to further demonstrate that there are so many ways to fuel yourself- it’s up to you to determine what works for your unique needs and body composition.

I haven’t taken many pictures this week, as my hands and arms have been literally quite full.

A few:

our bottle brush trees that in bloom

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(my favorite)

the salad from Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet tomatoes

and one of our many snuggle sessions.


It’s another rough teething week for little miss. They always seem to alternate (good week, tough week), but as soon as those eye teeth pop through, I’ll be doing the happy dance.

We were up two nights in a row, and for Tuesday’s nap time, we snoozed together on a blanket on her bedroom floor. She would only sleep with me holding her, we were both exhausted, and it was lovely.Β At least I’m get lots of extra snuggles… I’ll take ’em.

Even though she hasn’t been feeling quite like herself, Liv’s appetite hasn’t changed in the least. We shared this entire batch of BBQ zucchini chips, fresh from the dehydrator yesterday morning.

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I’m always looking for ways to change up our zucchini consumption -it’s so easy just to sautee in butter with garlic, salt, pepper and balsamic- and I usually get the big packs of organic zucchini from Trader Joe’s.

I love plain veggie chips in the dehydrator, and figured I’d make a BBQ variation using some zucchini we had on hand.

Here’s what I did:

Sliced two medium zucchini using a veggie peeler, and placed them in a large bowl

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I poured about 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil on top of the zucchini and tossed to coat.

Next, in a small bowl, I combined some spices to make the BBQ rub:

-1/2 t smoked paprika

-1/2 t chili powder

-1/2 t cumin

-1/4 t pepper

-1/4 t salt

-1/2 brown sugar

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-Added the rub mix to the zucchini, and used my hands to make sure they were fully coated before placing in the dehydrator.

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I dehydrated them overnight on Teflexx sheets, and this morning, they were crisped to perfection.

(If you make them at home in an oven, just place on a cookie sheet, turn the oven to the lowest setting and leave the door slightly ajar. It will take a few hours, but it’s worth it.)

The entire batch was gone before breakfast…

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Off to work for me!

Hope you have a wonderful day <3



What’s your favorite chip flavor?

If you’re looking for more ideas, check outΒ kale chips, cool ranch kale chips, sour cream and onion kale chips, zucchini bites and eggplant bacon πŸ™‚ (I kinda like veggie chips.)

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  1. Such a beautiful pic of you and Liv! I am sorry for her that she has go through the teething pain.
    Hmmm, these Zucchini Chips look delicious, I need to try and make them in the oven.

  2. These look delicious! I tried zucchini as “noodles” with pasta sauce last night for the first time and loved it. Such a versatile veggie!

  3. Um, yum. Thanks for the recipe! Totally trying these this week and maybe also with summer squash?

  4. Love the chip idea, and love the nails!

  5. I’ve never had luck with making zucchini taste good but these look yummy enough to give it another shot!

  6. What kind of dehydrator do you use? I’m thinking of purchasing one but don’t know anything about them or what to look for when purchasing one.

    • michelle says:

      I would also like to get a dehydrator but have NO IDEA what kind to get or where to even start looking/comparing!! Any advice would be great!

  7. I looooove your sunglasses!

  8. My 8 month old just got her first tooth on Tuesday and her second tooth on Wednesday. We are doing a little happy dance now that we’re on a temporary teething time out! I’m not looking forward to the eye teeth. Those were the hardest on my older daughter πŸ™

  9. Gorgeous photo of you and Olivia!
    These zucchini chips look delightful! Zucchini may just be may favorite veggie of all time.

  10. Love the sunniessssssss

  11. I’ve recently overdone it on kale chips- so I’m very excited to try out a new type of vegetable chip πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

  12. These look awesome! I will definitely be attempting to make these without a dehydrator!

  13. I’m dying to try these! Do you think you could bake them and get a crunchy texture?

  14. Love your sunglasses! Where did you get them??

  15. you are stylin’ in those shades!!

  16. I think my next kitchen investment is going to have to be a dehydrator! Have you ever made beef jerky?

  17. These recipes all look so good and I love to make sweet potato chips!

  18. I have yet to make any veggie chips, I need to get on board! These look super yummy. Love your shades and your nails… summer is coming πŸ™‚

  19. I can’t wait to try that zucchini – I’ve only used my dehydrator a couple of times – need more ideas!!
    Cutting teeth is rough for both child and mom – hope this time passes quickly for y’all!

  20. Love zucchini any way – plus I’m intrigued by the link to eggplant bacon! Gorgeous picture of you and Liv – wish I could pull of sunglasses like that, too!

  21. Sounds Yummy! We make a zucchini casserole/lasanga during the summer. It’s so simple but so good! Layer zucchini, fresh tomatoes, shredded cheeses (i use Mozzerella) and Mcormick Salad Supreme spice mix. Do multiple layers and then bake at 350 for at least 1 hour. It’s delicous and a great dinner with a salad and some fresh bread. πŸ™‚

  22. I hope little Liv’s teeth make and appearance soon! Poor thing! I have really been wrestling with buying a dehydrator. I think I really just need to bit the bullet. Those chips look delicious!

  23. Wow…I need to try those zucchini chips! I’m in a bit of a zucchini rut at the moment…

  24. Hi Gina! I’m new to your blog. I read Kath Eats Real Food and was linked in here. I’m really enjoying it. I also am hoping to save enough money to one day make it to Canyon Ranch for a stay. I was looking through some of your previous posts and wanted to know if you could direct me to any posts you may have made when you got hired on there. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i wrote some posts about lenox when i stayed there, but don’t really write a lot about work specifics. i hope you’re able to make it out sometime- it’s an amazing place

  25. Oooooh these look so good. I need to try it in the oven! I also wanted to tell you I went to my first *real* zumba class yesterday and OH MYGOSH IT WAS THE MOST FUN THING ON THE PLANET. My instructor kinda looked like you too! Hopefully someday I can come to a real class of yours. My goal after this half marathon is to become a dancing fiend because I just find it to be so much fun. As always, thanks for such a great blog πŸ™‚

  26. 1. Those look absolutely delicious.
    2. Your sunnies are fab…
    3. …and so are your nails.

  27. I have tried the whole oven thing and it just takes too long for my senses… I need a dehydrator! This recipe sounds so good , I love zucchini chips so obsessed! Hope you have a great weekend. Love + shine Courtstar

  28. Yum these look (and I bet taste) amazing! Aww poor Livvy πŸ™

  29. My sister just got a dehydrator, and I’m definitely planning on “borrowing” it every so often. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to make these!

  30. Love veggie chips! Never tried BBQ zucchini but I will now! Just need a dehydrator. Gotta convince the hubs!

  31. What dehydrator do you have? I have been considering purchasing one, but do not know what’s good and what’s not. It’s easiest when someone you “know” loves theirs. That is how we ended up with our Vitamix! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      i have the excalibur 9 tray and LOVE it. it’s been almost 4 years and it still works like it’s brand new

  32. Great- I was just thinking about what to do with my zucchini….this is perfect- I will just pop in the oven in the morning and let em bake πŸ™‚

  33. Would you care if I shared this post with a link to your site?

  34. What is the measurement on the brown sugar? Have these for our meal plan this week but not sure if its tsp, tbsp, etc? Thanks!

  35. Hi Gina! I made these last night, they were so yummy!! I followed the recipe as stated but mine turned out paper thin, some tissue paper thin. Is that normal or did I dehydrate too long?

  36. when I do this in the oven should I put it on parchment paper or directly on the cookie sheet???

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