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Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters with Quinoa

Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters with Quinoa

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These Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters are crispy and packed with vitamins and protein as they are made with quinoa.

A few days ago I wrote about the other parcel I received from sweet Nuria and as I promised I am writing about the parcel I received from Pixie before Easter.

When Pixie asked me what I wanted I told her that I wanted maple syrup because it was something I saw in recipes and I always wanted to try it.

Well when the package arrived, apart from the maple syrup, Pixie surprised me by sending quinoa (pr.  “KEEN-wah”) and although I had seen it on other blogs, I never knew much about this grain.  

Pixie also sent us some tea, which we enjoyed, Jaffa cakes, breadsticks, toffees and a chocolate.The children love this sort of things and they were saying “That’s for me” or “Oh, I want that” but they behaved and they ate the stuff on Easter Day as we were fasting.  

I tried everything and they were all delicious.  Thank you Pixie very much.   We enjoyed everything. (I shall be writing more as I have not tried the maple syrup yet).

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Properties of Quinoa

Reading a lot of articles about quinoa, I have learnt that is is considered a superfood because of its health properties.  

To sum up  quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. 

It contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains, it contains Iron, lysine, it is rich in magnesium, high in Riboflavin (B2) and has a high content of manganese.

Quinoa  has a bitter-tasting coating called saponin.  Although it has already been processed, it is advisable to soak it first and then rinse it well, in order to make sure that it will not give a bitter taste.  In order to cook it you need the double amount of water i.e. 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water.

With the quinoa I made a few recipes.  Today I shall start with some croquettes based on a Greek recipe called Kolokythokeftedes.  I served them with marinated anchovies, which were a perfect match and made a delicious mezes.

Ingredients needed to make Courgette Fritters

  • Quinoa
  • Courgettes (zucchini)
  • Onion
  • Spring onions
  • Parsley
  • Fennel fronds (optional)
  • Fresh mint
  • Egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Goat cheese or feta
  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying

To make the Courgette Fritters:

  1. Place quinoa in a large bowl and cover with water.
  2. Let it stand 5 minutes and rinse well.
  3. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook quinoa for 20 minutes, remove from the heat and leave it in the pan until it cools. (As the quantity needed is small, I used half of it and with the remaining half I prepared a dessert).
  4. Wash the vegetables and let them drain from the water.Grate the courgettes and place into a colander with salt for half an hour.
  5. Squeeze to remove any remaining fluid.Break the egg into the bowl and add the cheese, chopped herbs and salt and pepper.
  6. Do not add too much salt, as the cheese has salt and don’t forget that we added salt to the grated courgettes.
  7. Add the cooked quinoa and continue to massage the mixture between fingers after adding flour until you have a smooth, but not runny, consistency. (The amount of flour will depend on how much water is left in the courgettes).
  8. Let the mixture rest in the fridge for, at least, an hour.
  9. Form the croquettes and run them in some flour.
  10. Fry in hot olive oil. The level of olive oil in the frying pan should cover half the croquette.Turn the croquettes once, browning both sides.
  11. Place them on a platter with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
Courgette fritter with a fresh marinated anchovy image

I am submitting this recipe to Gay of A Scientist in the Kitchen, who is hosting this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, created by Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Crispy courgette fritters image

Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters with Quinoa

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

These Courgette (zucchini) Fritters are crispy and packed with vitamins and protein as they are made with quinoa.

Ingredients

  • For Quinoa:
  • ½ cup of quinoa
  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

For the fritters:

  • 500 grams courgettes (zucchini), grated
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 5 spring onions finely chopped
  • ½ cup of parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of fennel fronds, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoonful of baking powder
  • 1 spoonful of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled goat cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa in a large bowl and cover with water. Let it stand 5 minutes and rinse well.
  2. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook quinoa for 20 minutes, remove from the heat and leave it in the pan until it cools. (As the quantity needed is small, I used half and with the remaining half I prepared a dessert).
  3. Wash the vegetables and let them drain from the water.
  4. Grate the courgettes and place into a colander with salt for half an hour.
  5. Squeeze to remove any remaining fluid.
  6. Break the egg into the bowl and add the cheese, chopped herbs and salt and pepper.
  7. Do not add too much salt, as the cheese has salt and don’t forget that we added salt to the grated courgettes.
  8. Add the cooked quinoa and continue to massage the mixture between fingers after adding flour until you have a smooth, but not runny, consistency. (The amount of flour will depend on how much water is left in the courgettes).
  9. Let the mixture rest in the fridge for, at least, an hour.
  10. Form the croquettes and run them in some flour.
  11. Fry in hot olive oil. The level of olive oil in the frying pan should cover half the croquette.
  12. Turn the croquettes once, browning both sides.
  13. Place them on a platter with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 244Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 48mgSodium 395mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 10g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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Maria

Wednesday 21st of May 2008

Ivy wow what a lovely package, you truly deserve it ;o)

Mariax

Ivy

Wednesday 21st of May 2008

@ vb: Thanks for visiting and I shall visit you back to see what yummy things you have prepared for the WHB.

@ Nuria: I really believe that through blogging you can learn so many things and even taste things you didn't even know existed.

@ Ginny: I have a couple of recipes yet to publish but as it will take time until I post them, if you like (or anybody else) I can send them to you by e-mail.

@ Kalyn: That's a great idea Kalyn as mostly it's the nutritional value that counts and we must find ways to add it where we can.

Ivy

Wednesday 21st of May 2008

@ Rosie: This is such a nice experience which many bloggers should try exchanging unusual things.

Kalyn

Wednesday 21st of May 2008

I'm also trying to learn to appreciate quinoa a bit more. It's not bad, but not anything I would crave. I bought some quinoa flakes (a type of cereal) and I'm thinking of using it instead of bread crumbs in things like meatballs.

Ginny

Wednesday 21st of May 2008

I love quinoa! This is a great idea to cook with it! delicious!

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