Is anyone else dreaming about warmer weather? A few weeks ago my spring seed catalogue arrived in the mail, and it got me thinking about sunny days and what veggies I want to plant in this year’s garden. I’m so ready for my favourite time of year!
As much as I was looking ahead, I also realized that it was high time to dig around in my deep freeze and use up all of the produce I have stashed in there from last summer. When I was drowning in zucchini, my sister-in-law suggested dicing and/or grating some of it to keep in the freezer for colder months. This proved to be a great strategy for adding veggies to meals and snacks (and reducing food waste). With my labelled Ziploc bags it’s easy to pull out 1 cup of diced zucchini for minestrone soup or shredded zucchini for muffins. But since I still have quite a few bags left, it was time to find a new way to use them up.
In case you haven’t heard, waffling is a huge food trend again this year. Case in point: all of the articles that come across my feed about ingenious things you can make in a waffle maker (besides waffles). When I saw a recipe for waffled zucchini fritters, I knew I wanted to recreate it at home. Veggies can be a tough sell at my house, which inspires me to find unique ways to serve them. This crispy, cheesy side dish seemed promising. Plus, using a waffle maker rather than frying the fritters to make them crunchy was definitely a healthier preparation method I had never considered.
Using thawed, shredded zucchini, these fritters came together in five minutes flat. My one-year old even helped with dumping the ingredients into the mixing bowl and stirring. Fresh zucchini works in this recipe too, it just takes a little longer to prepare as the shredded zucchini needs to be salted, left alone for half an hour, then drained. Clean up is minimal – one bowl, plus a quick wipe of the waffle maker (my non-stick one worked so well). Enjoy these waffled zucchini fritters while they are hot and crispy with a generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top (a must according to my husband). If you have leftovers, just pop them in the toaster before serving. This is a make again recipe at my house – my little guy gobbled his fritters up then reached for more. Success!
Have you ever made something creative in your waffle maker? Let us know in the comments.
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.