Warm weather means zucchinis are in season, and what a versatile ingredient they are! The unique veggie lends itself to savory soups and stews, a fragrant addition to scrambles and stir-fries, you can even use them instead of noodles for summer pasta dishes, and they bake up incredibly well in muffins, cakes, and breads. But have you ever used them as a French fry alternative?

The zucchini's mellow flavor means it can take on virtually any role, with style. And this recipe makes them a lighter, more seasonal "fry" than heavy, wintery potatoes. Because they're baked, too, you don't lose any of the nutrients in the deep fryer.

And just what are those nutrients?

The super low-calorie zukes are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which means they can help to lower your cholesterol (your heart thanks you). The vitamins (A, C, K, and folate) are potent antioxidants that may be beneficial in cancer prevention (sun bathing, anyone?), and the magnesium and potassium content can help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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