I got the craving for zucchini fritters!!
Not long ago, as my work day was nearing it’s end, a resident at one of my buildings visited me and shared she had just discovered a recipe online for zucchini fritters that sounded so amazing. In her hands was the bi-monthly newsletter I distibute at each of the buildings where I work. I design and adapt them to the populations in each building. This one contained health and nutrition information along with an attached recipe for residents to try. I had focused the recipes in this newletter around zucchini since it was in such abundance at the farmer’s market for a very affordable price. This resident looks forward to my newsletters and gets particularly excited about the nutrition and recipe section. It creates a curiosity in her that motivates her to get on the internet and seek out other recipes using the same main ingredients presented in the newsletter.
I am genuinly delighted when I know residents are interested and engaged in the information I offer in newsletters. For this resident, I see her recipe searching as positive movement to overcome a barrier to success. She often asserts her fear and intimidation of the internet which makes it quite difficult for her to fill out online applications and look up general information for herself when she is on her own. Most of my time spent with her is supporting her through filling out paperwork online or searching for resources, addresses and directions. I now know that because I sit next to her while she uses my laptop and offer words of encouragement as she navigates the internet, that she has developed the courage to do the same on her own. The proof was with the recipe she found and shared. It feels really good to know that a small interaction, a few words of encouragement and some focused attention can make such a difference in a persons world. These moments are why I love my job and it’s what motivates me to continue my service.
So, about those fritters!! I came home to my own zucchini abundance and got to work creating a fantastic side dish for my dinner. There are plenty of recipes for these on the internet but I like to do my own thing when I make them so feel free to follow my recipe or find another that fits for you! Either way, these are a delicious way to get some good green veggies in your body! Enjoy!
FoodRadical’s Zucchini Fritters
1 medium zucchini, shredded
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons coconut flour
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly crushed peppercorns
Shred the zucchini and squeeze out the excess liquid. I just pick up handfuls and squeeze! This is essential to avoid soggy, drippy fritters! Place the squeezed zucchini in a seperate bowl, add chopped onions, coconut flour and spices, then stir to coat. Add beaten egg and combine well
Heat a skillet over medium heat, add coconut oil (be generous to avoid sticking) and allow to melt. When skillet is ready, drop a large spoonful of the fritter mix into the pan and use the back of the spoon to spread it around. I made mine about 3-4 inches round. Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes or until nicely browned. Cool on a cooling rack to help them stay firm.