I’m going to start out with a big congrats to my dear friend Heather- who has made it all the way through to the end of the alphabet!
And another congrats to all of my lovely blog friends that have participated along the way.
The letter “Z” is for zucchini- which is definitely an ingredient that I am a huge fan of. I love how versatile zucchini is, and that it can be used to create both savory and sweet flavors. Because I couldn’t decide which to type of flavor to focus on, I chose both!
Unfortunately, the first attempt at this recipe ended like this:
Oops. Luckily, I was able to figure out what I needed to do to fix it and the second attempt was much more successful. I was inspired by the broccoli fritters that I’ve been making (over and over again!) from Sarah. I wanted to make something simple and colorful, so I started with three of my favorite veggies.
Hence the title “ZBC”
I broke out a hand grater and got to work!
When I attempted this recipe the first time, I poured the batter into a muffin tin, which didn’t end up being a good decision. The second attempt was cooked on the skillet attachment on my stove top (which I love).
And they cooked perfectly!
ZBC Veggie Cakes
1 c shredded (raw) zucchini
1 c shredded (raw) carrot
1/2 shredded (raw) beet
2 T flour
for savory: add 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt + pepper to taste
for sweet: add 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, sweetener of choice (such as 1 T agave nectar)
Add the shredded zucchini, carrot and beet to a medium-sized bowl. Add both eggs and stir well. Add the flour and seasoning/spices and stir again. Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. When skillet is hot, add the batter in small spoonfuls- to the size of your liking. Cook for about 3 minutes (or until edges start to become golden brown) and flip over with a spatula- cook for an additional two minutes. Serve immediately.
I can’t decide which version I like better- both taste delicious! I ate the savory version over top of some mixed greens with balsamic vinegar. I ate the sweet veggie cakes plain, but I bet they’d be delicious with some vanilla Greek yogurt!
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What are your favorite types of sweet or savory pancakes?