Easy Zucchini Fritters – Vegetarian, Gluten Free

Easy Zucchini Fritters – Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Zucchini Fritter

If you like potato pancakes, these will fill that craving for sure! Very low ingredients and if you use gluten free flour, you’ve got a great tasting, easy, vegetarian, gluten free meal. All you need is FIVE INGREDIENTSZucchini FritterThis recipe calls for 8 cups of shredded zucchini which can be achieved with 8 medium zucchinis. You can also halve the recipe which will yield about 14 fritters but I love these so much that I make the whole recipe. However many you want, you can plan on 1 medium zucchini per cup of shredded zucchini.Zucchini FritterIf you don’t know, zucchinis contain a lot and I do mean A LOT of water. That’s just one reason they are so good for us. But for this recipe, we need to draw out the water. Luckily it’s easy. Just put your shredded zucchini in a bowl and sprinkle with a few big pinches of salt let sit for at least 10 minutes. You will notice a puddle of water in the bottle of the bowl. Zucchini FritterAfter your zucchini has sat for a little while, take a handful and sqeeeeeeeeze the crap out of it and squeeze out as much water as you can. Put squeezed zucchini in another bowl. Zucchini FritterWhile your zucchini is sitting, chop up your carrots and scallions.Zucchini FritterNow all you have to do is mix your ingredients. Gluten free flour, carrots, scallions, zucchini and eggs. Zucchini FritterNow just heat your oil in a frying pan. I use my cast iron for everything but you can use any frying pan. Zucchini FritterI cooked them for 2 – 3 minutes on each side on medium-high. Too high of heat and they will burn. You will want the patty to be nice and brown but obviously not burned. I just set my microwave timer so I didn’t lose track of time.

Place fritter on a paper plate lined plate to soak up the excess oil while the rest of your fritters are cooking up. Zucchini Fritter

Done. Top with some sour cream. Totally optional but I like sour cream with my sour cream so yeah, I use sour cream.

They reheat really good too. You can either pop them in the microwave or toss em around in a skillet to warm.

Easy Zucchini Fritters - Vegetarian, Gluten Free
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Serves: 28 fritters
Ingredients
  • 8 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1⅓ cup gluten free flour
  • 1 cup diced carrots (I used already shredded and then chopped them smaller)
  • ⅔ cup scallion, diced small
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • olive oil for frying
  • sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Shred the zucchini and place in bowl. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of salt and let sit for at least 10 minutes to draw out the water.
  2. While your zucchini is sitting, dice your carrots and scallion, set aside.
  3. Lightly beat your eggs, set aside.
  4. After your zucchini has been sitting, take handfuls at a time and squeeze out as much water as you can. Place in a separate bowl until all the zucchini has been squeezed.
  5. Combine all ingredients. I used my hands to mix everything. I found that I was able to incorporate everything better this way.
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.
  7. Scoop mixture into pan and flatten a bit. Space the at least a ½ inch apart.
  8. Cook for 2½ minutes or until nice and brown, flip and continue cooking on other side.
  9. Place on paper towel lined plate to drain off excess oil while the other patties are cooking up.
  10. Top with sour cream if you want or eat plain. Either way, they are awesome.

 

Bang Bang Shrimp – Skinny, Fast & Easy

Bang Bang Shrimp – Skinny, Fast & Easy

Bang Bang Shrimp

Not only is this dish fast and easy but its DELICIOUS. Things that don’t normally go together.

Besides that, its delicious and SKINNY 🙂  Chock full of veggies and loads of protein from the shrimp.

Bang Bang Shrimp

Easy is a 3 ingredient sauce. Make as much or as little as you want. Make it as hot as you want. Make it as sweet as you want.  I’ll give you the basic recipe and you can tweak it to your taste.

Bang Bang Shrimp

Just combine the sauce ingredients while your shrimp is sizzling up in the coconut oil and set aside.

Bang Bang Shrimp

After you’ve cooked up your shrimp in the coconut oil, add another tablespoon of oil and fry up those veggies for a few minutes, just to soften a bit. Combine cooked shrimp and veggies with the sauce and top some riced cauliflower.

Bang Bang Shrimp

I used to buy my cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s but now it’s becoming way more mainstream and my local grocery store carries it. You make so many things with it so if you have any left over, maybe make some Cauliflower Cheese Sticks or Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Gluten Free). I bought mine at Costco recently.

Bang Bang Shrimp

But you could use regular rice if you wanted, that’s up to you. Either way, you will LOVE this dish.

Bang Bang Shrimp - Skinny, Fast & Easy
 
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Recipe type: Fast, Easy, Protein
: Chinese
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SAUCE:
  • 6 Tablespoons mayo
  • 4 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • SHRIMP:
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, tails removed
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch (can substitute with flour or corn starch)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil for frying
Instructions
  1. SAUCE:
  2. Combine the 3 sauce ingredients, set aside.
  3. SHRIMP:
  4. Once your shrimp has be de-thawed (I de-thaw mine by just soaking in a bowl of water for a few minutes, then drain off water), combine with arrowroot starch so that shrimp is coated lightly.
  5. Heat your coconut oil in a cast iron or large frying pan over medium high heat. Add shrimp once oil is very hot.
  6. Cook shrimp for 2 minutes each side. I just set my microwave timer because shrimp can be rubbery if over-cooked.
  7. Remove shrimp and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain off excess oil.
  8. Add broccoli and carrots to the same pan. Stir frequently and cook until slightly softer. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil if necessary.
  9. Combine the shrimp and cooked veggies with the sauce coating everything.
  10. Serve over cauliflower rice or regular rice.
  11. Eat :)

 

Paleo Chicken Marsala

Paleo Chicken Marsala

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootMarsala wine is walking a fine line by calling it paleo but then I’ve been known to have 18 items in the “15-item only” line so I’ll be a rebel with this one.  But by all means, if you find a suitable paleo substitute for marsala wine, knock your socks off. That being said, this recipe is paleo(ish), dairy free and gluten free so that’s pretty good I’d say.

First of all, I want to give mad props to http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com/2015/03/skinny-chicken-marsala/  for providing the basis for this recipe. I changed up a couple of things like using arrowroot starch (paleo and gluten free) and using bone broth instead of chicken stock because I wanted to amp up the nutritional stats.

First, split each chicken breasts in half (you’ll have 4 pieces total) and place them between plastic wrap or in a big plastic bag and hammer away. Pound those babies till they are about a 1/4″ thick. Normally I would use a meat mallet but I don’t have one so I improvised.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootSeason generously with sea salt and pepper then dredge in the arrowroot starch. You can use regular or gluten free flour if you aren’t concerned with being paleo. Tap off the access and repeat until all 4 pieces are dredged.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootHeat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter. When good and hot, place chicken in pan. Leave chicken untouched for around 3 – 4 minutes to brown. Once browned, turn over and repeat on the other side. Set aside.

I cooked my chicken 2 pieces at a time so they wouldn’t be too crowded in the pan. If you have a really big pan, you can cook them all at once.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootWhile your chicken is cooking, chop your shallots and slice mushrooms. I used my new portable food processor for the shallots and bought pre-sliced shitake mushrooms so the only thing I really had to chop were the button mushrooms.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootOnce chicken is done, place on a plate and set aside. Add another 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and another 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter. Add shallots and garlic to the pan. Saute for a couple of minutes until shallots are soft.

Add mushrooms next and sprinkle with a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Saute for about 4 – 5 minutes until mushrooms are browning and soft, not mushy though.  Add the remaining tablespoon of arrowroot starch and stir for about a minute to thicken up the sauce.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootAdd marsala wine and cook it down for a minute, scraping any burnt bits off of the bottom of the pan. Add your bone broth and continue cooking until it thickens up a bit. About 2 or 3 minutes.

Return chicken to the pan and nestle the breasts in the mushrooms sauce, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, flip breasts over and cook for another 3 minutes.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootYou can eat it ‘as-is’ or top some organic brown rice, quinoa, farro or zucchini ‘zoodles’.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowrootHubby’s review: He gave me the thumbs up and said “good chit babe”. Pretty legit review <3 Enjoy.

paleo chicken marsala gluten free dairy free mushroom broth shallot garlic arrowroot

Paleo Chicken Marsala
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ***I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE***
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup shallots, diced
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth (can substitute with regular chicken broth)
  • ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch, separated
  • ⅓ cup marsala wine
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Butterfly each chicken breast in half making a total of 4 pieces.
  2. Place pieces between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound to about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Salt/pepper each piece generously.
  4. Dredge each piece in arrowroot starch and shake off access.
  5. Heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil and unsalted butter in a large non-stick pan on medium/high.
  6. Place chicken in pan and leave untouched for about 3 - 4 minutes until browned. Turn over and repeat on the other side, set aside.
  7. Heat other ½ tablespoon of olive oil and unsalted butter.
  8. Saute garlic and shallots until shallots are softened. About 2 minutes.
  9. Add mushrooms next and sprinkle with a ¼ teaspoon of sea salt. Saute for about 4 - 5 minutes until mushrooms are browning and soft, not mushy though. Add the remaining tablespoon of arrowroot starch and stir for about a minute to thicken up the sauce.
  10. Add marsala wine and cook off for a minute, scraping the burnt bits from the bottom of the pan if any.
  11. Add bone broth and cook for 3 - 4 minutes.
  12. Return chicken to the pan and nestle the breasts in the mushrooms sauce, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, flip breasts over and cook for another 3 minutes.
  13. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, farro or zucchini noodles or eat 'as-is'.

 

Baked Vegetable Tian Casserole

Baked Vegetable Casserole

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten free So this is how it went down…i was asked to make a vegetable side dish for the family I cook for and I easily could’ve gone for a nice green bean saute or some lemon broccolini but nooooo, I went for this!

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten freeI had been wanting to make this ever since I ran across it on Pinterest. Then recently a friend posted it on Facebook so I took it as a sign that I needed to make this. I loved it because it was so pretty and I like pretty food. Today was the day!!

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten freeI got to break out the mandolin and chopped these veggies in a matter of minutes. I always feel like such a professional bad ass when I use it 🙂

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten freeThey already look pretty and I hadn’t even put it in the oven yet. The only veggies besides the diced onion that I didn’t use the mandolin for was the tomato because it’s just too fragile so my knife worked just fine for me.

Before you line up all the pretty colors, saute a diced onion with a little garlic and put in the bottom of the baking dish.

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten freeNow, the fun part. I alternated the veggies to make them all pretty. I had some grape tomatoes in the fridge that wanted to be part of the party so in they went too. After I took the picture below, I generously sprinkles salt, pepper and a teaspoon of dried thyme.

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten freeBake at 400 for 30 minutes, COVERED in foil. Remove from oven, top with as little or as much mozzarella as you want. Use vegan cheese if that’s your thing. I only used 1 cup of shredded mozzarella.

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten free

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten freePut back in oven UNCOVERED for another 15 – 20 minutes depending on how hot your oven runs. Check it at 15 minutes. The cheese should be browned a little bit.

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten free

This is probably my new favorite vegetable dish. There are so many good ones but since I can’t stop thinking about this one right now, it’s the new favorite :).

Oh, and this is Miss Bella Boo. She keeps me company when I’m whipping up kitchen masterpieces. I’m a lucky Bunny <3

baked vegetable tian casserole zucchini squash potato tomato onion garlic mozzarella vegetarian gluten free

Baked Vegetable Tian Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • *USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER AVAILABLE*
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 or 5 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 large yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced
  • 1 potato, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced small
  • salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease baking dish. I used a 9 x 13.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat oil and add diced onion and minced garlic. Saute until lightly browned, about 6 - 8 minutes.
  4. Place cooked onion and garlic in the bottom of your greased baking dish.
  5. Arrange your veggies according to whatever color pattern you choose.
  6. Once you have created your veggie masterpiece, sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper over the top. I used about 1½ teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Then sprinkle the teaspoon of dried thyme.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove foil and sprinkle with cheese or no cheese. Either way, uncover and place back in oven for another 15 - 20 minutes. Start checking at 15 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn.

 

 

 

Savory and Creamy Coconut Curry Veggies

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper I have to tell you, I’m having a hard time writing this recipe because I can’t put this dish down. It is so delicious. The healthy stats on this dish are off the charts too.

This dish is so nutrient rich. Check this out…it’s vegan, paleo (clean eating), dairy free, chickpeas, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, tomato, onion, cauliflower, red bell pepper, coconut milk, spices and water. It’s hoppin’ delicious! You say it can’t be? Oh, it be!

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

First, chop those veggies. That’s the hardest part. I used by mini food processor for the carrots.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

Heat the olive oil and add the onions. Saute for a few minutes, add garlic, saute for another minute. Then add your carrots, red bell pepper, sweet potato, tomato and cauliflower. Stir to combine and then partially cover pan and cook for 8 – 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Partially covering the pot lets the veggies steam and soften better.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

Next, add chickpeas, pumpkin and all of the spices. Combine thoroughly. Then finally add the coconut milk and water, combine with the veggie mixture. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s done once all your veggies are cooked. The longer you let it simmer, the thicker it will get so go by your preference.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

I served mine with some cooked wheat berries. Eat it plain or top some quinoa or brown rice or any other ancient grain you prefer.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

Savory and Creamy Coconut Curry Veggies
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Paleo
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • *I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE*
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans garbanzo beans, rinse and drained
  • 1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomato, drained
  • 1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1 - 15 oz. can coconut milk (light or full-fat. I used full fat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 small/medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Optional: ½ lime
Instructions
  1. Start out by chopping all your veggies ahead of time.
  2. Heat oil in a medium to large saucepan. Add onions and saute for 3 - 4 minutes until onion become soft.
  3. Add garlic, combine and saute for a minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, carrots, sweet potato, cauliflower, red bell pepper, stir to combine and let cook partially covered with lid for 8 - 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Partially covering the veggie mixture allows the veggies to steam lightly.
  5. Add chickpeas, pumpkin, curry, ginger, salt, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Stir everything to combine well.
  6. Add coconut milk and water to the mixture, stir well.
  7. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 - 25 minutes depending on how thick you like it. Make sure to stir every at least every 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with a ½ lime to squeeze onto the dish if desired.
  9. You can eat this amazing dish just as it or top some quinoa, wheat berries or farro. I had mine over some nice chewy wheat berries.