How These Zucchini Fritters Can Improve Your Liver Health
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Brimming with minerals, vitamins and nutrients, zucchini fritters are a delicious, easy, and nutritious dinner, or snack on-the-go. These oven-baked goodies are a lot healthier than their traditional fried fritter counterparts.
Zucchinis are a great source of all sorts of important vitamins and other nutrients. In fact, they are a great example of a food you can eat to improve the health of your liver. Cooking up these fritters is not only delicious, it can help you combat liver disease.
How Zucchini Benefits Liver Health
Keeping away fatty liver disease and other liver problems means maintaining a diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. This means plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other natural foods.
The zucchini is a particularly beneficial food for liver health, as it is rich in sodium, which helps maintain the alkalinity of the liver and consequently optimizes its detoxification function.
Zucchini is an easy addition to many meals, so it's easy to make it the cornerstone of a liver healthy diet. With vitamins, nutrients, and a low glycemic index, this little vegetable can have a powerful impact on your health.
With less oil and less mess these tasty morsels are moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and finger friendly making them perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The best part is that their taste gets better the next day, so you can make a large batch and devour them cold for up to 3 days after.
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To speed up your prep, use a food processor with a shredding blade, or a trusty box grater will also do the trick. The key is extracting as much moisture as possible as described in the first part of the zucchini fritter's recipe instructions below. We highly recommend not skipping this crucial step, otherwise your fritters will fall apart during the baking process.
Time: 1.5 hours
2 medium zucchinis, peeled and grated
4 Green Onions chopped (whites & greens)
1/3 cup fresh Dill, chopped
1/3 cup fresh flat leaf Parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh Mint, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon chopped dill (fresh or frozen)
2 large eggs
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- Sit grated zucchini in a strainer over a bowl and stir through salt. Allow to sit and drain for 20 minutes, before squeezing out any excess liquid.
- Clean and chop four green onions, including green tops.
- Finely chop one third cup each of fresh dill, flat leaf parsley, and mint.
- Preheat oven to 175C and line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper.
- Combine all fritter ingredients in a large bowl. Shape approximately 2 tablespoons worth of mixture into patties and place on baking tray.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until patties are golden-brown.
Zucchinis are loaded with nutritional goodness, including vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, and phosphorus . This earthy summer squash also has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, and protein. But it's the mood and energy boosting qualities of, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, and calcium in zucchini that make this one of our favorite summer recipes guaranteed to improve overall health and happiness.
Due to its high fiber content, zucchini also has a cleansing effect on our digestive tract, especially the intestines. Acting as a mild laxative, it cleans the walls of the intestines which prevents carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. And don't forget, most of its nutrients are in the skin, so leave it on when preparing meals.
[Photo courtesy Kerem Hanci]