Monday, June 4, 2012

Clean Zucchini Fritters

It's pretty crazy how much things can change in just a week. Last Monday I was beyond stressed, sleep deprived, and just not feelin' it. Today, I feel so refreshed and so ready to conquer this week, thank goodness. I had a great day with my Mom on Saturday, we took advantage of the 107 degree AZ weather and laid out by the pool for a couple hours and then we went to the gym to get her a membership! Now that she has clean eating mastered, she is ready to get back in the gym after taking some time off. It was so much fun creating a program for her and showing her how to do all the different exercises, I can't wait to see her progress. She is basically doing Phase 1 type exercises from the LiveFit trainer, with a few modifications. Yay Mom! Sunday was spent doing the usual weekend chores with B and then just lounging around because he's not feeling too good. Fingers crossed I don't come down with his congested nasty-ness this week... 

Much of my relaxing time yesterday was spent on Pinterest (go figure) and I was seeing zucchini cakes and zucchini fritters all over the place. I bought tons of zucchini when we stopped at the orchard on the way back from California so I figured why not! I basically just looked through 3 or 4 of the recipes for ideas, then tweaked to come up with this one.

Ingredients
1 large zucchini grated
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tsp minced garlic
2 egg whites
1.5 pieces of Ezekiel bread crumbs (made in food processor) 
1 tsp garlic powder
1tsp onion powder
Pepper to taste 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Grate zucchini and then squeeze as much water out of it as you can. I went through about 5 paper towels... zucchini has a ton of water in it and it will make your fritters soggy.
3. Place all ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix with hands.
4. Form patties out of mixture and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20 minutes, recipe makes 4 large patties 

These were quick and only a few ingredients, and went great with our chicken burgers for lunch. I dipped in ketchup (surprised?) but B ate his plain and loved them. Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration, as usual! 


19 comments:

  1. I AM ABLE TO COMMENT ON YOUR POSTS NOW! :) Ahhh I love zucchini ANYTHING! And a big congrats to your Mom! SO exciting!

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  2. YUM! Pls pls pls add to your recipe tab..I always make your recipes and I don want to forget this one! Thanks!

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  3. I've attempted zucchini patties in the past and it seemed no matter what I did - the zucchini produced too much water, even after draining and patting them dry. How do you prevent the patties from getting too soggy?

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  4. I don't normally like zucchini, but these look good!!! I may have to try them. Thanks :)

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  5. YUM! I've never thought to use the Ezekiel Bread to make bread crumbs- smart!

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  6. You read my mind! I was just wanting to make some sort of zucchini pancake, I'll have to try these! Thanks!

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  7. Those are adorable! That is so wonderful your mom wants you to help her.

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  8. I LOVE THESE! I've never thought to use Ezekiel as bread crumbs - that's the only bread I eat so this is perfect :)

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  9. These look amazing! Definitely will be trying :)

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  10. I just tried to make these and I must have done something wrong because mine don't look nearly as crispy as yours do. Yours also look like they have more breadcrumbs than mine. I guess it's possible I used too much zucchini since 1 large could vary. Also how fine do you grind the bread? I'm sure they'll taste good but I wish they looked like yours.

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    1. Did you squeeze as much as the water out of the zucchini as possible? My crumbs were pretty fine.

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    2. Sprinkle salt over the grated zucchini and let sit for 10 minutes before adding any ingredients and it will draw out all excess water

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  11. I made these tonight and WOW so great! My boyfriend LOVED them as well - which says a lot!! Next time, I plan on squeezing more water out (I didn't have any paper towel so it was a bit tough) because they weren't as crispy as I think they could be, and I kept them in the oven for more than 20 minutes (because obviously every oven is different). AMAZING recipe though - will be making these many more times! Thanks!!

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  12. these look great. do u think as a substitute for the bread crumbs they would work well with oats? for gluten free

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  13. so just had to post to say since you put these on your site i have made them no less than 7 times. it's been great for me to have better food ideas as I just started clean eating 6 weeks ago and this have become my BFF, Best Food Friend. thank you.

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  14. How do you get yours so crispy???

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