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Zucchini Feta Fritters


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August is right around the corner, which means summer is officially in full swing. While there are some parts of summer I don’t particularly love - like the extreme humidity and never-ending chafing - there are some parts that make me so incredibly happy: the early morning sunrises, the warm evenings that stretch all the way past 9pm, the general happy mood from all that extra vitamin D, and of course, the absolutely BEST fruits and vegetables that are so abundant this time of year. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the colder season fruits and veggies too, but the endless possibilities that the warm weather produce brings is the absolute best.


Not only are we treated to such beautiful, vibrant, fresh and delicious produce in the warmer months, we are also treated to a whole whack of micronutrients; things like vitamin A that are abundant in peaches, vitamin C that is abundant in berries, vitamin K in green beans, and magnesium in cucumber.

One particular vegetable that I am a little obsessed with during the warm months is the zucchini! (Also known as summer squash, or courgette as we call them in England...because we’re sophisticated like that.)



Now, before I tell you all about this incredible recipe, here’s a quick list of all the fruits and vegetables that are currently in-season in Ontario, so you can really take advantage of the remaining summer months:


Fruits:

  • Apricots

  • Blueberries

  • Cherries

  • Grapes

  • Nectarines

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Plums

  • Raspberries

  • Rhubarb

  • Strawberries

  • Watermelon


Vegetables:

  • Artichokes

  • Beans

  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Corn

  • Cucumber (Field)

  • Eggplant

  • Garlic

  • Kale

  • Lettuce

  • Mushrooms

  • Peas

  • Peppers (Bell)

  • Spinach

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Tomatoes

  • Zucchini


So moving onto this fantastic fritter recipe. This recipe was inspired by one of my favourite “burger” recipes of all time: Joyous Health’s Beet Bean Burger. Joy, from Joyous Health, released this recipe back in 2016, and I still can’t get enough of it. I love making fun recipes like her Beet Bean Burger to really jazz-up my salads throughout the summer months and make them as satiating as possible. My salads are full with good stuff like vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, new or sweet potatoes), protein (chickpeas, hard boiled egg), fats and oils (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), and then usually something like a fritter, burger or falafel to make them super-filling and delicious.


Inspired by my favourite Beet Bean Burger, I wanted to come up with something that was equally delicious, something I could cook in bulk (because leftovers are king), and used the super-versatile zucchini.


Health Benefits of the Zucchini


If you’re not too bothered about the benefits of zucchini, then feel free to skip to the bottom to find the recipe, but what kind of Holistic Nutritionist would I be if I didn’t hit you with some knowledge first?

  • Fantastic source of vitamin A, to support eye health, immunity and metabolism.

  • Good source of manganese, to support bone health, heart health and muscle health.

  • Good source of vitamin C, to support metabolism, skin health, nerve health and immunity.

  • Rich in antioxidants, to assist with defending against free radicals in the body.

  • Contain high amounts of pectin, a special type of soluble fiber. Pectin has been shown to support better insulin regulation and protection against diabetes.

  • Supports better digestion from its soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stools and helps move food through the gut and digestive system more easily. (Amen to that.)



Without further ado, here’s the recipe for you. These are perfect to make for the week, as this recipe yields about 10-12 fritters. They are also equally delicious cold as they are hot, so they make a perfect lunchtime addition. I’ve also included a recipe for a homemade, dairy-free tzatziki sauce which pairs perfectly with the fritters. Enjoy!


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