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Healthy Living / Zucchini Fritters

Just over a year ago I eliminated carbs and sugar from my diet. Crazy right? I mean, TWO halloweens of not eating a single candy. My mind and body feel totally different. It wasn’t easy at first, I won’t lie, but the benefits were quickly obvious and I haven’t looked back. As someone who HATES cooking, one major road block was realizing I had to make my own food. Because when you eliminate things like sugar and carbs from one’s diet – nothing “prepared” out there is really all that great for you. So, you have to make your own meals.

One of my go-to meals is Zucchini fritters, and I wanted to share it here because not only do I love it, but Oscar and Aubrey do too. I make a TON at once, because I stick the leftovers in the fridge and they keep for a few days. But they never last that long because people go in and grab them morning, noon and night. They are THAT good. Here is my recipe and a one of my favourite speedy videos that I’m obsessed with making.

Ingredients
– 4 Zucchini’s
– 3 eggs
– 1 cup of Almond Flour
– Garlic Powder
– Parmesan Cheese

First things first, I get a TON of Zucchini’s because I like to make a bunch to go in the fridge.

Shred all the zucchinis. You can use a grater to get them shredded, but I found that my Cuisinart Food Processor with the shredder attachment was the best.  I love, love, love this machine.

Once you’ve shredded the Zucchini, you have to press out all of the water out of the shredded veggie. It’s a very watery vegetable, and you will want to squeeze out the liquid. This will help with cooking – trust me.

Now with your “dry” zucchini, you will add your 3 eggs, Almond Flour, and Garlic Powder to the mixture. Garlic Powder is done to your taste – we love it, so are liberal with shaking it in. I add 1 full bag of Parmesan cheese.

Mix all of the ingredients together.

I use this electric griddle for when I’m doing big batches of things and it never fails me. This part takes awhile, you have to be patient,.

 

 

COOKING

Frying
I just fry them with a little butter (good fat!) and they take awhile to brown on both sides. Don’t make them too thick or they won’t really cook. Thinner is better.

Oven
You can also put them in the oven. This time around I tested a baking sheet of them in the over at 350 degrees, to see how they would turn out – and they were AMAZING, Aubrey and Oscar preferred the baked, but I preferred the ones made on the griddle. The benefit to the oven baked ones is that you can set it and go. Frying you need to watch it a bit more closely.

Tools used
1. Cuisinart Food Processor with shredding disk attachment
2. Black and Decker Griddle

Food Used
-Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour 
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
– Garlic Powder

In Baking & Recipes/ Christmas

Holiday Project Roundup / Dipped Peppermint Sticks


This really is a project that needs little details on how to accomplish – but instead I’m posting it it for inspiration should you be throwing a Holiday party this season and are looking for little details to add a little pizzazz. The bulk stores have an array of Holiday themed candies – including these peppermint sticks (10 for $1.00!) 

Step 1: Melt chocolate wafers (I used the double broiler method)
Step 2: When the chocolate is liquid, dip the peppermint into the chocolate
Step 3: Set the peppermint sticks on a cookie sheet
Step 4: Let the chocolate harden slightly, and then sprinkle some sprinkles lightly over the chocolate. The reason I let the chocolate sit a bit is that you want the excess chocolate to dip off, and you don’t want it to take the sprinkles with it. 

Final step is to put in your hot chocolate and enjoy!