Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bring on the summer veggies! Zucchini patties!

There is nothing like fresh veggies 
from the garden.
Just one more reason to 
love summer!

My parents' zucchini has started to come in.  
Once it starts, it grows like 
wildfire.  It seems that one 
zucchini can grow a foot long 
in a day.

I do my best to help them eat it!

One of my favorite ways it to prepare the yummy green sticks is to shred it and make patties!

For these six patties, I used one medium zucchini.  It contains alot of moisture, so I have found it helps to draw some of that out.  To do this, use a grater and grate the zucchini into a bowl, then sprinkle generously with salt.  Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then drain off the moisture that it has produced.   This will keep your patties from being all watery and mushy.

Once it has drained, add one egg and about 3/4 cup of flour.  I also added fresh chives and some Asiago cheese...any cheese will do, but I like a super strong one the best. 
Diced onion is excellent as well.
A dash or 2 of Greek seasoning and you are ready to mix. 
 You still have the salt leftover from the soaking, so you shouldn't really need more.  If your mixture seems too dry, you can add a few drops of milk.

To fry these, I tried grape seed oil
that I had recently purchased, and it worked great.  It was very light and I used just a dab.  Heat the skillet to medium high and add your spoonfuls of mixture.

I cut the heat back to medium after a minute or so and flipped them when lightly browned.  Cook until both sides are nicely browned.

If you use a small amount of oil, these are very low calorie and taste amazing!

I ended up topping these with fat free sour cream with a little dill mixed in to it.  I love the pairing of the two!
They went great with my tilapia!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sweet potato patties and more grilled SALMON!

I knew what my meat was going to be...

But my side dish was another thing...
Fairly often, what I cook
just depends on what is in my cabinet.
I forgot to get regular potatoes
 at the store, 
and I had a large sweet potato. 
So sweet potato fritter 
patty thing-a-ma jigs, is what I threw together.

They are pretty quick and simple to make.

First you need to cook the sweet potato in the microwave for about 5-7 minutes.
When you can pierce it really easily with a fork, it is ready.

Scoop out the inside and mix with one egg and about 1/2 to 1 cup of flour.  Some parsley flakes and a little garlic powder.

You want the batter to be thicker than pancake batter, but not as thick as mashed potatoes.  

They will look something like this...

Fry them in just a little of your favorite oil...I used canola oil for these.  
When you remove them, 
place them on paper towels to soak up any excess oil. 

They were tasty!  
 Next time, I may even add some diced onion to the batter or some cheese!
These went great with my grilled 
salmon below!

For the salmon, just marinate it in a few tablespoons of soy sauce for about 30 minutes.  Then on a medium hot grill, spray the salmon with cooking spray and place skin side UP for about 5 
minutes then flip the skin side down for about 5 minutes.  It was sooo good!  

Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Roasted broccoli...just plain good

Roasted broccoli...

If you have a picky eater
who says they don't like broccoli, tell them
to give it one more shot...
cook this for them and see what they think.

It is pretty simple and very tasty!

Wash the broccoli and break it into pieces.
   Spray a pan with cooking spray and
place the broccoli on the 
pan in a single layer.

Bake at 350 degrees 
for about 20-30 minutes.
  I tend to like mine still a
bit crunchy.

Turn off the oven.

Cover the broccoli in your favorite cheese and place back in the oven just to melt the cheese.

Plate the broccoli and EAT!
This is a very healthy and tasty side dish 
to complement many meals.

Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cheesy tater goodness....

Sometimes, I get tired of the same old baked tater.   
That led me to the next recipe.

One of the best foods in America 
has to be any kind of potato, 
topped with cheese.

Of course, the best  tater would be fried.
Basically, everything is better fried, and even
better with cheese.

But, fried always means extra fat and calories, 
so I went with microwaved, then baked taters.

The resulting potatoes 
were awesome.

First, use one large potato for 
each person you will be feeding.
This was one baked potato.  I sliced it 
on a mandolin so that the slices would
be uniform.

I added a tiny bit of water and cooked the potato for  3 minutes in the microwave.   I stopped every minute and let it sit for about a minute to cook.  

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Next, mix 1 T of chicken bullion and 
3 T of fat free cream cheese and
spread it over the potatoes.  Sprinkle
withe Greek seasoning and 
garlic powder.  Bake for 15 minutes.

Top with about 
a cup of sharp cheddar.
I also added parsley and red pepper flakes.
Bacon bits would be awesome as well.

Bake for 5 more minutes until nice and bubbly.

Add your favorite meat and dig in!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)