January comes as a time when the whole world seems to be on health kick. Implementing crazy fitness regimens, cutting out alcohol, sugar, junk-food, you name it!
While I don't wholeheartedly recommend cutting out any major food groups, it is true that reducing the amount of processed foods in your diet can carry health benefits. Sadly, the levels of sugar, chemicals and additives in many of the foods we eat on a daily basis can't be seen as optimal where health is concerned. If you take bread as an example, many of the pre-sliced and pre-packaged loaves you can buy today hardly bear resemblance to what bread should be - soft, airy and only last 2 days before it goes stale or soft - due to the preservatives in them. While I'm not saying that you should never eat bread, or any foods that contain any sort of chemicals or additives as that would be very difficult in today's society, I think that as a population we should aim to eat more whole foods and foods made with only real ingredients, not chemical additives.
To help you cook a little more healthily this year I've created this green fritter recipe that can be used as a substitute for bread or toast in the morning. The recipe takes barely any time to make, and can be made in advance and frozen, simply to be reheated on mornings when you are in a rush or don't have the energy to think about cooking. While the recipe uses broccoli and kale, the fritters are super versatile, and can be made with any raw or left-over vegetables you have in the fridge. They are also great if you have a little left over cheese - feta is ideal - to add to the mix for a slightly more naughty weekend brunch fritter.
So happy New-years resolutions, and here's to a healthier future!
Makes: 4-5 fritters
Time to Make: 20 minutes
Difficulty Rating: Easy
1/2 of a Broccoli (approx. 150g)
2 Handfuls Kale
1 tsp Soy Sauce
2 Dessert Spoons Flour - You can use any flour you have in the cupboards, I use Gram (chickpea) flour as I like the taste, but plain flour will work equally well
1 tsp Garlic Powder or 1 Clove Garlic
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil for Cooking
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until well combined. If you need, you can add more flour to bring to mix together if it is very runny.
- Scoop out the mix and add to a warm pan on a medium heat. If your pan isn't very good non-stick then you can add a little oil to prevent the fritters sticking.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping half way.
- If you are cooking them in more than one batch, keep the first fritters warm in an oven with the grill on low - this also helps the top to go nice and crispy.
- Poach some eggs, spread the fritters with humous and enjoy!
If you're not eating them straight away, you can stack cooked fritters between sheets of greaseproof paper and keep in the freezer. When you need them you can reheat in a pan or in the oven until warm all the way through.