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Zucchini Cheese Fritters

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This is a delicious way to incorporate more vegetables at breakfast, or any meal of the day.


Z ucchinis have quite a mild taste and pair well with the creamy and salty cheese in this recipe. You can top these fritters with plain Greek yogurt or use them as a base for your favorite protein!

Some toppings for zucchini pancakes that you might like:

  • smoked salmon
  • mashed avocado + microgreens
  • poached eggs + pea-mint mash
  • avocado + prosciutto

The complex carbohydrates from the polenta, fibre from the zucchini, and the protein and fats from the cheeses, eggs and toppings make this a delicious, balanced meal perfect for the whole family.

 

Zucchini Cheese Fritters

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Keyword: breakfast, lunch, sides, vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, large
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese, plain (30g)
  • 2 tbsp polenta (10g)
  • cup feta cheese (40g)
  • 2 sprigs green onions/scallions chopped
  • olive oil for frying

Instructions

  • Grate zucchini into a medium bowl, add a pinch of salt, let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Wring out the zucchini by squeezing it with your hands and drain off any extra water.
  • Add chopped scallions, eggs, cream cheese, and polenta, mix all together.
  • Cut feta cheese into small cubes and add to the zucchini mixture.
  • Heat a little bit of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Place a large spoonful of zucchini mixture into the middle of the pan.
  • Cook for 1 minute on each side.
  • Place the cooked fritters onto a paper towel to remove extra oil. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Add more for a stronger cheese flavour (keeping in mind that feta cheese is quite salty)
**You can use any oil for frying: coconut oil, butter, avocado oil or ghee
 

Did you know?

The majority of Canadians do not consume enough vegetables and fruit on a regular basis. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as finances, time, not knowing how to prepare them, not liking the taste of them, and more. Finding fun and tasty ways to incorporate vegetables into our meals and snacks is a great way to provide our body with fibre and other key nutrients that help to promote our overall health, including our digestive health.

Zucchinis are part of the squash family and are a great source of vitamin C and other nutrients, such as vitamin B6, vitamin A, and magnesium. They can be sliced in half and grilled with a little olive oil and other seasonings, sauteed in your favourite stir fry sauce, or hollowed out and used to make pizza zucchini boats.

Some other vegetables or fruits that make a great addition to breakfasts include avocados on toast, mushrooms and spinach in an omelet, berries on french toast, peaches with cottage cheese, kale and mango in a smoothie bowl, banana on oatmeal, or tomatoes and lettuce in a breakfast wrap.


Written by Sofya Borisenko and Liz Powell, RD



References:

  1. Martínez-Valdivieso D, Font R, Fernández-Bedmar Z, et al (2017). Role of Zucchini and Its Distinctive Components in the Modulation of Degenerative Processes: Genotoxicity, Anti-Genotoxicity, Cytotoxicity and Apoptotic Effects. Nutrients. 9(7):755.

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