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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake

Gluten Free & Vegetarian

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianThis vegetarian bake is so simple yet so tasty. A great dish for Meatless Monday or to enjoy a low fat comfort food. You can serve this either as a main dish or a side dish.

This recipe is from an amazing cook book called True Food. This is one of my absolute favorite cookbooks. I followed the directions to a T but ended up adding more zucchini and more onions than called for. I like my meals chock full of veggies.

The steps were very easy. First poke holes in your spaghetti squash and microwave for 10 – 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. When the outside is soft enough to poke a knife easily into, she’s done.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianWhile your squash is cooking, you can caramelize the onions. Easy peazy. Just slice em, heat some oil and saute on medium for about 25 minutes until nice and browned up and soft. I ended up making way more onions than the recipe called so I could use them for other recipes like to top my veggies burgers with.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianWhile your onions are cooking and spaghetti squash is cooling, shred your zucchini. Make sure to squeeze out the water. I use doubled up paper towels and squeeze out the water and repeat 3 times to make sure I got out as much water as possible. Otherwise your bake will come out on the watery side.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianThen just mix everything together including the tomato sauce but not the cheese and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianOnce it’s baked, crank up the stove to broil. Top your veggies with cheeses and broil for 3 minutes. The top should be nice and browned.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianAll done and all yum! I could easily eat the whole pan. The leftovers are even better tasting!

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake - Gluten Free, Vegetarian
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free,Vegetarian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced thin (about a ½ cup cooked)
  • 2 or 3 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed to remove water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup grated parmasen
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 1 - 2 olive oil
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Poke holes all over the spaghetti squash, place a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. Once done, remove from microwave and let cool before cutting. Once cooled enough to handle, slice in half lengthwise. I find it easier to slice if I cut off the hard knob first. Once sliced, discard seeds and rake the "spaghetti" with a fork. Place "spaghetti" in a large bowl.
  3. While the squash is cooking, prepare the caramelized onions. In a large pan, heat oil and add sliced onions. Cook on medium/high, stirring frequently for 20 - 25 minutes or until nice and browned.
  4. While onions are cooking, shred zucchini with skin on. Squeeze out as much water as possible.
  5. Once onions are done, combine all ingredients except cheese in a large bowl and combine thoroughly. I used my hands to make sure everything was mixed well.
  6. Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
  7. Remove baking dish from oven and crank it up to broil.
  8. Once oven is at broil temperature, top mixture with cheese, put back in oven for 2 - 3 minutes (watching carefully) until golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 5 - 10 minutes before serving as it will be blazing hot.
  10. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup jicama zucchini carrot tomato broth nutritiousThe family that I cook healthy meals for recently received a new cook book for the holidays. It’s by Dr. Andrew Weil and Sam Fox who opened True Food Kitchen restaurant of which there are 2 in Arizona and they did so with a two-fold mission: every dish served must not only be delicious but must also promote the diner’s well-being.

While I haven’t been to a TRUE FOOD restaurant yet, I’ve definitely been cooking based on their awesome recipes. I do change a few things up for my particular taste but not only are these recipes delicious but that are nutritionally sound and chock full of healthy goodness.

Which brings me to this recipe. I was asked to make this recently and not only did I make it for my clients but I ended up making it for the hubby and I last night because it’s THAT GOOD!

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup jicama zucchini carrot tomato broth nutritiousThis recipe is just for the soup because it’s Paleo and vegan but in the cookbook, they pair this soup with these incredible Bison Turkey Meatballs which I also made separately so if I’m not in the mood for meat, I just leave them out.

This recipe really is one of the healthiest and by far tastiest soups I’ve made thus far. It’s my new soup addiction and considering that it was unseasonably cold in Arizona this past week, the timing was perfect. But I’ll be making this soup all year long for sure!

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup jicama zucchini carrot tomato broth nutritious

The best tip I can give you is to chop and puree everything prior to starting because it all goes pretty fast which makes this recipe all the better.

Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 10 - 15 servings
Ingredients
  • ***I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS***
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium/large carrots, chopped small
  • 1 large or 2 small onions (I always use sweet), chopped
  • 3 large or 4 medium zucchini, chopped, skin on
  • 1 large jicama, chopped
  • 1 - 8 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 - 32 oz. cartons vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 - 28 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes PLUS 1 - 14.5 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes, puree both
  • 1- 14.5 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, do not puree
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the carrot and saute for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally
  3. Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Add the jicama and zucchini and saute for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Add the tomato paste, saute with the vegetables for 2 minutes, stir to blend distribute onto all the veggies
  6. Puree the 28 ounce can and one 14.5 can of fire roasted tomatoes
  7. Add the remaining ingredients: pureed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, broth, quinoa, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt
  8. Turn heat up to medium/high until the soup starts to simmer
  9. Cover and let simmer for 30 - 40 minutes, stirring occasionally
  10. You will know it's done with the quinoa sprouts their little curly tails
  11. Remove from heat and let sit uncovered for another 10 - 15 minutes
  12. **While my soup was simmering I made the meatballs that are pictured. But this soup is phenomenal on it's own for sure.**

 

 

Baked Zucchini Parmesan Chips

I attempted a coconut flour zucchini bread the other day and I’ll admit, it was nasty.  NAS-TEE!  I could not bring myself to share the recipe.  I don’t know what happened.  But here I am scratching my head with a zucchini and a half left with no plan.  I’ve heard about zucchini chips before but never tried them so why not give it a go?

Zucchini has some awesome attributes.  It’a filling, hydrating, encourages healthy digestion and detoxifies the body. Due to its high fiber content, zucchini has cleansing effect on our digestive tract, especially the intestines. It acts as a mild laxative, cleaning the walls of the intestines and preventing carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. 

I did a test run and they turned out AWESOME!  Like AWESOME AWESOME!  I like mine dipped in a little sweet chili sauce or Greek yogurt ranch dip.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips 

(Use organics when available)

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Baked Zucchini Parmesan Chips

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips
 
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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are a great way to get your vegetables in. Dip them in your favorite sauce or eat them as is. Easy and delicious.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Zucchini
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Olive Oil or 1 Whisked Egg
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • *Optional - sauce for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick mat
  3. Slice zucchini thin, about and ⅛th of an inch
  4. In a big bowl place sliced zucchini and enough olive oil or whisked egg to coat all slices. It's easiest if you use your hands to get all the oil or egg distributed on the slices)
  5. ****Olive oil does work in helping the cheese and panko stick, egg does work the best. It's really your preference. To egg or not to egg, that is the question****
  6. In separate bowl mix Parmesan, Panko, salt and pepper
  7. Place mounds of Parmesan and Panko about the size of a quarter on the baking sheet about a ½ inch apart
  8. Place zucchini slice on top of each mound of crumbs and press down so the crumbs stick to the zucchini better
  9. Cover each zucchini slice with a little mound of crumbs
  10. Bake for 22 - 24 minutes
  11. Serve as is or with your favorite dip

 

I keep the extras in an airtight container in the fridge and when I want more I pop them in the microwave for about 20 seconds.  I noticed that the thicker cut ones tended to get soggier than the thinner cut ones.  To fix that I just put them in the oven at 325 for 10 minutes.

A great way to get in those veggies!  Bite size for the little ones too.

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