Friday, May 30, 2014

Zucchini Cakes

Well, it's been a week and we are still trying to cook and eat our way through the heaping pile of huge homegrown zucchini my parents gave us. Last week I made a batch of simple and delicious Zucchini Bread using shredded zucchini. Last night I made these Zucchini Cakes, a recipe based on our Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Zucchini Cakes, as a hearty, tasty side dish for dinner.

If you are looking for a way to get your picky, non-vegetable eater to get their 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, try making these Zucchini Cakes. They might not even know they are eating a big handful of zucchini! Or if you just really like vegetables (like me), then try these cakes 'cause they are a fun way to mix up the plain-old, boring zucchini recipes.

The leftovers make a great, portable snack or lunch too! Just reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Zucchini Cakes
based on a recipes from happyhealthyyummyfoodforbabyandchild and
makes about 15 cakes

3 cups grated zucchini (about 2 large zucchini)
3 eggs
2 tbsp. light sour cream
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
pinch of red pepper (or more if you like to turn up the heat!)

Grate a zucchinis on a paper towel, then squeeze and wring excess water out of grated zucchini - very important!

Place grated zucchini in a large bowl. Add eggs, cheese, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and stir well.

Add breadcrumbs a TBSP at a time until the mixture is moist but sticky (so you can form the cakes and they do not fall apart). Form small, flat cakes with the mixture (about a handful of mixture per cake) and place cakes on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 for approximately 15 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

These zucchini cakes are delicious warm, especially right out of the oven. You could also dip them in some low-fat ranch! OMG yum. Seriously, these little guys are so tasty I almost ate the entire batch myself!!!! Oooops... well at least they are made with mostly zucchini so I don't have to feel too guilty. ;)

5 a DAY! Eat your fruits and veggies people.

Check out our other zucchini and vegetable recipes here.

- Janel

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