Sometimes life is just about compromises. Tonight, I had a serious craving for some french fries… a big ole mound of french fries and some ketchup.. mmmmm….
In lieu of this, I opted for a big ole salad… hmm big ole salad vs. big ole mound of french fries? That’s not exactly a fair fight…
My salad consisted of:
- 1/2 bag fresh express romaine
- 2.5 ounces grilled chicken breast
- 1 roma tomato
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1/4 cup white mushrooms
- 2 tbsp Ken’s Steakhouse Lite Italian Romano dressing
Not exactly a french-fry-craving cure… but darn tasty in its own right.
Stats on the salad: 204 calories, 18g carbs, 6g fat, 17g protein, 5g fiber
To help curb my desire for some grease, I decided to try out this recipe I found for Zucchini Pancakes on Gina’s Skinny Taste blog.
Here’s what went in to my zucchini pancakes:
- 1 medium zucchini, shredded
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped chives (holler at you, backyard garden 😉 )
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 large egg white
- 2 tsp DiGiorno Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp each S&P
- Sprinkling of red pepper flakes
I combined everything up, then heated up a skillet I had sprayed with some cooking spray. Using a small cookie dough scooper, I dropped 3 pancakes into the pan.
One by one:
Batch #1 Finished Products:
These tasted AWESOME. They really spoke to the onion-lover in me. Only problem was they didn’t get crispy like a traditional potato pancake. I tried several different methods, including flattening them out til they were very thin–but they just wouldn’t crisp up! Maybe it’s the whole egg that helps to get them crispy–but regardless of the texture issues the taste was yum-o.
I tried one bite with some ketchup of course:
And I tried one bite with some Frank’s red hot:
(I preferred the ketchup in this case)
The zucchini pancake “batter” made 9 of these little fritters. I ate 7 of them (I had to try one for each cooking method…. haha), and I saved two of them for breakfast tomorrow so I can see how well they heat up in the microwave.
Stats on 9 Zucchini Fritters (entire batter): 159 calories, 27g carbs, 2g fat, 11g protein, 2g fiber