Zucchini Fritters

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My little good news for today is that I finally hit the 30 lb weight loss mark! I am so happy. Yay! :: Happy Dance :: It is a beautiful morning and a wonderful day outside. I wanted to try something different and have my lean and green for breakfast and take it outside and eat it. I decided on the Zucchini Fritters. If you haven't already gotten the Medifast Lean and Green Meal Cook Book, get it now! You can order the book here. It is only $12.95! That is an excellent price for the recipes that are inside this cook book and such a small investment if you are having trouble figuring out what to make for your lean and green meal. The book lays out complete lean and green meals with the number of condiments and healthy fats per recipe as well as nutritional information. You don't have to figure it out yourself! That makes it so much easier to have everything laid out in front of you. The only negatives about this book is that there were only 34 recipes and it is a spiral bound book. I wish there were more recipes, but at least the few recipes I have tried were all good. Also, I have never been a fan of spiral bound paper back type books just because hard cover books last longer but hey for the price, I can't really complain. There was an error with this recipe printed in the book. The book states 1 cup of zucchini, grated is a full green so I added an additional 1/2 cup of red peppers to accommodate that mistake. Also, the book states there are 2 condiments, but I only counted 3.

As for the recipe itself, the zucchini fritters do not really taste crunchy at all. They were eggy and tasted like small veggie omelets or pancakes. The flavor was good, but the texture wasn't what I expected for being a fritter. I would definitely make this again because I love omelets and I love the combination of spices. This is still a good recipe but don't expect it to be crispy!


Zucchini Fritters
Slightly adapted from Medifast Lean and Green Meal Cook Book

Ingredients:
2 whole eggs (2/3 Lean)
4 egg whites (1/3 Lean)
1 cup zucchini, grated (2 Greens)
1/2 cup red peppers, chopped (1 Green)
1 tbsp onion, thinly sliced (1 Condiment)
1 tsp olive oil (1 Healthy Fat)
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp onion powder (1/2 Condiment)
1/8 tsp garlic powder (1/2 Condiment)
1/8 tsp salt (1/2 Condiment)

Directions:
Grate zucchini; add onion, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, salt, whole eggs and egg whites. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Drop 2-3 tbsp of mixture (per zucchini fritter) into warm skillet. When brown on one side, turn and cook the other side. Stack on an oven-safe plate or dish and keep in warm oven until whole batch is done.

1 Complete Lean and Green Meal with 3 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat

*Note: Kasey Childs made a suggestion to use less eggs and therefore be able to have another lean on the side such as a morning star sausage patty. Try reducing the eggs to 2 eggs and have 1 morning star patty on the side or include 1 egg with 2 morning star patties on the side.




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