June 23, 2014

Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties (Low Carb & Gluten-Free)

Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties (Low Carb & Gluten-Free)
Today I’m going to keep things short because I’m still recovering from being sick this past weekend.
Saturday I woke up to the worst allergy I’ve had in my life so far. I was sneezing non-stop, and also had watery eyes and a cough – the latter two being new for me.
As the day wore on, it pretty much got worse, and my appetite also disappeared.
I should’ve taken that as a sign that something was wrong beyond just allergies, but it didn’t occur to me. I just assumed it was a side effect of the never-ending sneezing.


Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties (Low Carb & Gluten-Free)
I went to bed early, hoping that by the morning everything would be normal again. Instead, I woke up at 4am in a cold sweat, and promptly hit the bathroom floor for a little…toilet hugging session (sorry guys for being so graphic).
I spent the whole day bed ridden yesterday, unable to get out.
And you know what’s the worst part of being sick for me? That I can’t go training.
Seriously, just the thought of missing a running session and swimming practice makes me feel even more miserable.
Who cares if I can’t keep any food down for the whole day, or if my energy is down and pain up.
I can’t train. That’s the real drama.

Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties (Low Carb & Gluten-Free)

Anyway, these bad boys (aka the creamy Greek zucchini patties) happened before I got sick.
They were delicious. So delicious I could probably use a couple right now.
I’ve labeled as “creamy” because they are so incredibly creamy. There’s not even a hint of cream in the recipe, yet they’re incredibly rich and soft.
You could think of as a sort of Greek latkes, but thicker and creamier (yes, I can’t seem to find a better to word to describe them.)

Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties (Low Carb & Gluten-Free)

OK, my fever just clocked in at 101 and I’m feeling a little better. I just took some Dayquil and can’t wait for it to kick in.
I’m debating whether doing Bikram yoga later tonight if I continue to feel better.
That would just be stupid wouldn’t it, my body needs some rest. Or not?

Creamy Greek Zucchini Patties (Low Carb & Gluten-Free)                             Print this recipe! 
Adapted from TheNYTimes

Ingredients 
Makes 24 patties

2 lbs / 907 gr zucchini (about 8 large)
2 large free-range organic eggs
2 large handfuls fresh herbs (mint, dill & parsley)
1 cup / 3.8 oz / 110 gr almond meal (or gluten-free breadcrumbs)
1 cup / 5.3 oz / 150 gr crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Directions

Wash zucchini and cut off the ends. Grate them on the side holes of a grates (or of a food processor).
Place grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Leave to drain for at least 10 minutes (1 hour best).
Take handfuls of the zucchini and squeeze out all of the moisture. 
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, add grated zucchini, herbs, cumin, almond meal (or GF breadcrumbs), feta, salt and pepper. Mix together well.
Transfer mixture to the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the almond meal to suck up some of the moisture.
Take small handfuls of mixture and form into patties. If it seems wet, add more almond meal (or GF breadcrumbs) one tablespoon at a time.
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot cook the patties in batches (do not overcrowd them) about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown,
Remove and drain briefly on paper towel to soak up any excess grease.
Serve!

Nutrition facts

One patty yields 53 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.



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30 comments:

  1. We keep posting similar recipes - I'm posting zucchini fritters tomorrow! How does that happen?? great minds an all. These look so good - anything for feta cheese! Hope you're feeling better soon, it's so miserable to be sick and miss out on all the summertime fun.

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    1. I can't wait to check out your zucchini fritters Kari, I'm sure they're amazing.
      And don't even mention how much it sucks to be sick during the summer. I would love to spend all day outdoors instead of blowing my nose non-stop.

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  2. Get some rest Mike!! No need to rush back or you may get worse. These look so good by the way and a couple of these should help you bounce back sooner!

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  3. I've made as similar recipe before and you are right they are delicious! Putting them on the list to try again when zucchini season starts again.

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  4. I am by no means a triathlete or a fitness instructor or a doc for that matter, but I have always been in favor of "sweating" out an illness - so long as I don't feel like am gonna pass out in the first 5 mins or so - but there are always those times when illness is a body's way of forcing much needed rest...guess only you know the difference, my friend.

    Btw, these patties sound amazing - that crumbled feta is your secret to creaminess?

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    1. I hear Shash, I'm all for sweating out an illness but yesterday I was feeling too miserable to go to Bikram. Plus, I wanted to be considerate to the other practitioners, I didn't want to spread my germs all over the studio...

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  5. Your eggplant patties are a big hit at our home, even my kids love 'em. Can't wait to give these one a try!

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  6. This looks delicious, Mike! Now you should go lay down and watch soccer. I hear it has special healing capabilities. Seriously, though, hope you are feeling better! :-)

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    1. That's what I did David, and what I'm planning to do today. I'm just too weak to do anything else... :)

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  7. OH... I'm sorry seriously no fun! I just had a sick spell like that tooo... sucks! Just go and watch some world cup games and let the healing begin. :)

    On a brighter note this zucchini cakes sound awesome!

    Krista @ joyful healthy eats

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    1. Thanks Krista! And thank God for the World Cup Krista at least there's something cool to watch on TV!

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  8. Awesome way to use zucchini! I need to save this recipe for harvest time!

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    1. I'm sure you have plenty of gorgeous zucchini on your roof Pam, I'm so jealous!

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  9. You poor thing! I say you need to rest, definitely! Your body DEMANDS it. Go to bed, Mike!

    But can you make me a batch of these first, please? ;)

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    1. Thanks Sonia! When I recover I'll make you as many zucchini patties as you want. Promise!

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  10. Hope you get better quickly. So you can enjoy these the way all of us will… :-)

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  11. These look wonderful Mike, glad you are starting to feel better.

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  12. First of all, I hope you feel better soon... I could give you some advice but I never liked advice and usually followed my own intuition, so I will instead change the subject and say that I love these zucchini fritters - I've been browsing your site and I see you are pretty creative with almond flour - I am using it more and more as a "filling" for meatballs, meatloaves, love the delicate flavor and texture

    I will definitely try these creamy zucchini productions soon....

    again, get well, and listen to your body.... ;-)

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    1. I love to use almond flour not only because it's GF and paleo-approved but mainly because it brings so much flavor if compared to breadcrumbs. You should definitely try it!

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  13. The word zucchini captured my attention straight away!

    Christine
    www.meatiefoodie.blogspot.com

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  14. I hope you're feeling better! These sound absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try these out.

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

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  15. OKAY - that's it! LETS GO TO GREECE!!! That's what I should ask for, for my birthday!

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  16. Do you think this recipe would also work by cutting all the ingredients in 1/2??

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  17. Dude, I feel your pain. When I'm sick, I'm the biggest baby in the world. I don't want to do anything or move in the least. Hope you're feeling better bud. And hey, question for you... are these creamy? Hahahahahaha. They seriously do look awesome! #WolfpackEats

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  18. just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed these.
    We are not gluten free here so I used the panko bread crumbs.
    I added a grated carrot to the mix also.
    We love these topped with a bit of spicy honey mustard or pupon (?) mustard.

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