Zucchini Fritters

Summer time means picnics in the park or even the backyard. These tasty little pancakes are sure to please both kids and grown ups. 

Get creative with dipping sauce…pictured here is a Thai peanut sauce. Ranch, applesauce, avocado or bean dip would be tasty ideas! 

Zucchini Fritters

Makes about 20

1. Grate 2 medium zucchinis. Squeeze out as much water as you can using your hands or a tea towel. The more liquid removed the better the fritter will hold.

2. Mix in 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp garlic powder. A few shakes of pepper and a pinch of salt. Add a handful of shredded Parmesan cheese. Mix well. 

3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and form mixture into little flat circles. Fry until golden brown on both sides.

4. Enjoy warm or cold with your favorite dipping sauce!

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Persian Eggplant Stew

Khoresh gheimeh (stew) bademjan (Eggplant) has been my favorite Persian dish ever since I was a little kid. It was always my birthday dinner request. I wish I would have learned to make it as a kid, but my mom’s cooking is impossible to beat. 

Over the last few years, I’ve watched different people prepare the dish in their own way. Some use saffron to flavor the stew, others make it a tad bit spicy with red pepper. I love how different the dish turns out every time I have it and make it.


This classic Iranian dish invigorates the tastes buds with sweet, tangy and savory flavors. The combination of spices and ingredients are truly unique and unlike any other cuisine. Tomatoes, dried lime, cinnamon & turmeric are all flavors one would never expect to blend so well together. 

This recipe is versatile for any diet- Make it vegan or with stew beef. This recipe I’ve come up is an adapted vegan version that can be made in less than an hour. If you have more time, you can simmer the stew for a few hours or even prepare on low in a crockpot overnight. 

You can find dried limes in either whole or powder form. I prefer Sadaf brand, but Amazon has other options available. 


Khoresh Gheimeh Bademjan- Eggplant Stew. Serves 4

Market List

  • 1 medium Eggplant
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1-2 cups of French fries or 1 large fry from the closest drive thru 🙂
  • 1 cup of yellow split peas
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups water 
  • 1 dried lime or 1 tbsp lime powder
  • 1 tbsp tumeric
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper 

Instructions:

1. Turn oven to 400. Peel and slice Eggplant into long strips. Place on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and a bit of salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until soft.

2. Bake French fries as directed on the package. Set aside. 

3. Rinse yellow split peas and cook in boiling water until tender. Skim off foam on top as it appears in the pot. 

4. On medium heat in a large frying pan, sauté thinly sliced onions with olive oil until translucent. Add tomato paste and water. Stir in spices and mix well. 

5. Once the yellow split peas are tender and eggplant is cooked, add them to the frying pan and simmer stew for 10 minutes. Remove whole lime is applicable.

6. Cook basmati rice as directed on the package.

7. Top the khoresh gheimeh bademjan with crispy french fries and serve over hot basmati rice. 

Nooshe Jaan- Enjoy your meal! 

Eat Your Greens Pasta. Kid Friendly Dinner Made in 20.

 

This dinner was a huge hit with my family. It’s flavorful and jam packed with nutrition- hello omega 3s and iron! Toss in what veggies you have in the fridge and make it meatless if you prefer.

1 cup shelled walnuts

2 cups spinach leaves

1 garlic clove

1/4 extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp water

1 cup sliced portobello mushrooms

1/4 cup small chunks haloumi cheese or Asiago. Whatever you’ve got in the fridge will do.

Fettuccine (enough for 4 people)

3-4 sweet chicken & kale sausages

1. Blitz in spinach, walnuts, garlic and EVOO in a food processor or blender until smooth & creamy.
2. Sauté sausages until cooked then add mushrooms and sauté until soft. Add cheese and pesto, stir for a few minutes until warm and melts.

3. Cook fettuccine as directed on package.

4. Toss everything together and make sure to share with others 🤣

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Toddler Approved!

   From my kitchen to yours,

    Sheila

                   

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