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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.

 

Sweet Pumpkin Maple Muffins – Paleo, Low-Carb, Gluten-Free

Sweet Pumpkin Maple Muffins

paleo gluten free low carb protein egg almond flour pumpkin maple

As I post this, the hubby and I are currently in South Dakota having breakfast. We chose a driving vacation this year and plan on seeing as many cheesy touristy things as possible, visiting Mount Rushmore, hiking Harney Peak in Custer State Park (7 mile round trip hike), throw in some yoga and anything else we can find.

In packing for our hike though, I made sure to bring with some homemade granolasweet and spicy cashews and these moist little gems, Sweet Pumpkin Maple Muffins.

Pumpkin is not just for Thanksgiving. I love the flavor of pumpkin all year long. These make a healthy breakfast (vitamins, protein and fiber) or even a savory dessert by spreading with some delicious ghee butter, a little cinnamon and coconut palm sugar sprinkled on them.

This was my first time using almond meal/flour. Most of the time my go-to flour is coconut flour. I was very happy with the result of these muffins with the almond flour. The subtlety sweet nutty flavor is such a great compliment to the pumpkin and maple syrup. Compared to coconut flour, the almond flour bakes up a much moister muffin.

paleo gluten free low carb protein egg almond flour pumpkin maple

COOKING TIP: I always bake with room temperature eggs because they mix up and incorporate into recipes better when they are not cold. A little time saver trick I use is to place the eggs in a small bowl on the back of the stove while it’s preheating. That way by the time I’m ready to use them they have warmed up a little. 

paleo gluten free low carb protein egg almond flour pumpkin maple

After I made these I put the leftovers in the fridge and the condensation in the bowl made them a little soggy. I popped them in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 13 minutes. I’m eating one right now and they are perfect reheated. So if your leftovers end up a little too moist, just pop them back in the oven and serve warm.

 { I always choose organics whenever available }

Maple Pumpkin Muffins - Paleo, Low-Carb, Gluten-Free
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups organic almond meal/flour
  • ¾ can (approx 11 ounces) of organic pumpkin canned pumpkin
  • 3 large organic eggs (room temperature)
  • 1½ teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • ¼ cup organic pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended.
  3. Spoon 2 large tablespoons in to each lined muffin tin (about ¾ full).
  4. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until toothpick or knife comes out clean. (Mine were done at 25 minutes).
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes as they will firm up a bit more after cooling.
  6. I topped mine with a little raw honey but you could use ghee butter too. They are super moist already without anything extra.
  7. Yielded 12 full size muffins. If you were to make mini- muffins, reduce cooking time by 10 minutes and test with toothpick.

Protein Packed Breakfast – Quinoa Spinach Egg Breakfast

Protein Packed Breakfast – Quinoa Spinach Egg Breakfast 

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I love breakfast any time of the day so when I got home from yoga today I needed some protein stat. If you don’t know my addiction to quinoa, you haven’t been paying attention. It’s delicious and packed with essential proteins which always gets a thumbs up in my recipe book.

protein paleo gluten free calcium quinoa spinach fiber breakfast

I went a little freestyle today and ended with a protein PACKED meal that not only has protein from the quinoa and eggs but calcium and fiber from the spinach. It was as easy as making scrambled eggs.

 protein paleo gluten free calcium quinoa spinach fiber breakfast

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Protein Packed Breakfast - Quinoa Spinach Egg Breakfast
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Protein, Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ¾ cup vegetable or chicken broth to cook the quinoa in but you can use water. The broth just gives it extra flavor.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh spinach packed loosely (could use kale too)
  • ½ tablespoon ghee (can use coconut oil or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced OR 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (can use any kind of unsweetened milk)
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. QUINOA:
  2. In a small saucepan put ¼ cup quinoa and ¾ cup broth or water, bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling lower to a simmer and while stirring occasionally, simmer for about 10 minutes. If you need to add more liquid, add a tablespoon at a time.
  4. EGG:
  5. In a small skillet, melt ghee and saute the garlic or onion for a minute on medium heat.
  6. In a separate medium bowl whisk eggs, almond milk, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  7. Place spinach in skillet and heat on low until completely wilted, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once spinach is cooked, pour in egg mixture.
  9. Combine egg mixture with spinach and cook like you would scrambled eggs by continually stirring until the eggs are cooked thoroughly.
  10. Once eggs are done add cooked quinoa and combine.
  11. **Optional: top with a little cheese (this will make it non-paleo)**

 

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Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionAdd quinoa to the list of things I love the most. Puppies, unicorns, purple and quinoa. I could eat quinoa every single day (and almost do). It’s so versatile, loaded with protein and adapts to so many different flavors, even sweet things. Some days I’ll make Coconut Vanilla Quinoa for breakfast and Amazing Quinoa Mac and Cheese for lunch.

Even though I eat foods that are nutritionally dense doesn’t mean I don’t crave things like pizza. So now I get to enjoy the flavors of pizza but none of the guilt. These babies have lots of protein from the eggs, quinoa and a little from the cheese. You could replace the cheese with vegan cheese if you so choose.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionJust cook your quinoa and in a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients except for topping. Once the quinoa is done, mix it as well.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionSpray muffin tins with non-stick spray. I use coconut oil spray. Fill each cavity to the top and press down lightly with a spoon.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionLet cool properly and run a butter knife around the edges if the pizza snacks don’t pop out for you. Top with fire roasted tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a tasty healthy pizza snack. Yay!

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onion

 {use organics whenever possible}

Quinoa Pizza Snacks - Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Protein
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (usually 1 large onion will make a cup)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (can sub with vegan cheese)
  • 1½ cup diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained. (I use the Muir Glen brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • **TOPPING**
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes, drained
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of uncooked/rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, stir then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  3. Cook quinoa for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn on the bottom.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking, in a medium mixing bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except for the 2 pizza sauce ingredients.
  5. Once the quinoa is cooked, fold it into the mixing bowl with everything else and combine everything thoroughly.
  6. Spoon quinoa into a greased muffin tin. You can fill them to the top and press down gently with a spoon. I used an ice cream scooper and it works perfectly.
  7. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  8. Let sit for 5 - 10 minutes as they will firm up once cooled. If not cooled off properly, they will be more crumbly.
  9. The leftovers reheat really good too. Just pop them in microwave for about 25 - 30 seconds.
  10. Top with fire roasted diced tomatoes.

 

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OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes

OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes

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I’m calling these OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes because WOW Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes just sounds silly right? I didn’t know what to call these to express how incredibly good they are.

Monday I made my Black Bean Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and had the leftover sweet potato from scooping out the innards to make room for the quinoa mixture. Not wanting it to go to waste, I found an awesome recipe to use it for.

paleo sweet potato pancake egg protein vitamin healthy breakfast

Sweet potatoes are so nutritious, full of fiber and sweet that it would be a shame not to use the extra flesh. So I stumbled on this extremely simple, I mean EXTREMELY SIMPLE sweet potato pancake recipe and went from there. Sweet potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving anymore.

I combined the cooked sweet potato, egg and a little bit of cinnamon in my food processor. I pulsed it until pureed and was ready to give it a go.

ghee butter clarified paleo Ayurveda vitamin dI melted a little ghee in a medium size frying pan and spooned 4 tiny scoops of the batter, cooked on low for a several minutes (about 5 or 6 minutes) until I could tell that the edges were getting browned. Then VERY carefully flipped the pancakes over. They are fragile so be gentle when flipping. I continued cooking them on the other side until browned (about 4 minutes). I put these little bad boys on my plate, drizzled a very little bit of organic maple syrup and could NOT believe my mouth.

paleo sweet potato pancake egg protein vitamin healthy breakfast

I was literally walking around the kitchen saying WOW…WOW…WOW. They were unbelievable good. I cannot say it enough, these are SO MUTHA LOVIN’ GOOD! I cannot believe that I didn’t try this sooner.

(Note to self: Try this with pumpkin puree? Hmmm.)

There is nothing not to love about these pancakes (unless of course you don’t like sweet potatoes). They are sweet, have fiber, lots of vitamins, protein from the eggs and Paleo. I am actually keeping this puree in my fridge so that I can have some of these little gems any time I want over the next few days. As a matter of fact I think I’m having these for dinner.

*Update: I had these for breakfast again today with the left over puree and they were just as awesome as they were yesterday!*

OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes
 
OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes
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Recipe type: Paleo
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potato, baked and skin removed (about 10 -12 ounces)
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • **This will make A LOT of little pancakes so if you are only making enough for 2 people, cut the recipe in half**
Instructions
  1. **You can bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time, cover and keep in fridge. If you don't make them ahead of time, the directions are listed below.**
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Poke several holes in sweet potatoes.
  4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 55 minutes or until very soft.
  5. Let cool for about 20 minutes so you can handle them without burning yourself.
  6. Once cooled remove skin.
  7. Put sweet potato flesh, eggs and cinnamon in a food processor and puree.
  8. In a medium frying pan, melt oil on medium heat (I used ghee but you can use any oil you prefer. If you don't have ghee, use coconut oil as both have a higher heat tolerance are are less likely to burn).
  9. Spoon small amounts of your mixture into the pan. I kept mine small so they were easy to turn since they are fragile. Plus they are a great size for little fingers if the kiddies get to enjoy these.
  10. Cook on low for around 5 – 7 minutes on the first side. You should be able to see the edges turning a little brown and they should slide around on the frying pan pretty easily.
  11. Gently turn (very gently) and cook for approximately 4 minutes.
  12. Mine turned out browner than I thought they should be but to my surprise did not taste burnt at all so don't worry if yours come out browner than you think they should be, they will still be delicious.
  13. You can drizzle with a little maple syrup if desired but these are so sweet and tasty that I barely needed any syrup at all.

 

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