Zucchini Fritters (Paleo)

September 13, 2013

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini fritters are a fun and tasty meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Pre-paleo/primal, I used to love potato fritters/latkes, and I’ve missed them. Although these zucchini fritters aren’t quite the same, they’re amazing in their own right.

The secret is to really wring all of the water out of the zucchini, and to add enough egg as binder. Otherwise you get watery fritters that fall apart and don’t crisp up. These delicious fritters have a fluffy texture, with a nice, crispy exterior. And I love the little bit of extra bite from the green onions. They even taste great cold, which makes them perfect for a packed lunch or picnic.

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Strawberries with Honey Sabayon 2

One of the simplest and most enjoyable treats is simply a bowl of fresh fruit. But if such a bowl doesn’t feel like “dessert” to you, you can kick it up a notch by topping the fruit with a simple soft custard, which is all that sabayon is. You may have also seen it called zabaglione – they’re the same thing, sabayon is simply the French version, whereas zabaglione is Italian. Both are traditionally made with sugar, but honey works just as well.

This dessert is light, fresh, and very easy to make. Also, you probably already  have all of the ingredients in your kitchen, so it’s one of those recipes that’s nice to have in your back pocket for unexpected guests (or cravings). If strawberries aren’t in season, feel free to serve the sabayon with whatever fruit you have on hand.

Strawberries with Honey Sabayon

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Rosemary Fried Almonds

August 28, 2013

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I love having simple, go-to recipes that I can whip up at the last minute, especially for unexpected guests. Or, let’s be honest, for when I’m craving something delicious, but I’m feeling oh so lazy.

This recipe requires very little effort, and yet you are rewarded with salty, smoky almonds with a fragrant yet subtle rosemary flavour. Crunchy and savory, these nuts make a great appetizer or snack, and are an awesome sidekick to any cocktail or glass of wine.

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Creamy Raspberry Paleo Popsicles

I don’t know about you, but I’m holding onto summer for as long as I can. My freezerful of popsicles should help prolong that summer feeling. Of course, I had to create a paleo friendly popsicle before we roll into September.

Creamy popsicles are my favourite, and these are no exception. These raspberry, coconut milk and vanilla popsicles scream summer, and are a delicious, healthy and refreshing treat to have on hand. Make a few batches of these and you won’t have to say goodbye to summer any time soon.

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Squash Blossom and Zucchini Frittata

Squash blossoms have been teasing me at the farmer’s market all summer. I’d walk by them and gawk at their beauty, without the faintest idea of what to do with them. Yet I knew I had to have them. I didn’t feel like stuffing them, which is the most common way of enjoying these lovelies.

Frittata to the rescue! Not only are frittatas great for clearing out the contents of your fridge, they’re terrific at showcasing whatever is in season. The blobs of fromage frais add to this frittata’s picturesque landscape and provide a nice, tangy contrast to the eggs.

Running with the nose-to-tail squash theme, I’ve made zucchini the main filling. It’s only fitting, since the squash blossoms come from the end opposite the stem of the zucchini. The leeks and green onions add a little more flavour and bite. And there you have it, a frittata that screams summer, and is as enjoyable to chow down as it is to look at.

Squash Blossoms

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