Jul 122012
 

Hi everyone!! How is your day going?? Mine’s going well, but I did something scary. Well, maybe not something you’ll find scary, but something that I definitely do. I booked an appointment for the dentist and the doctor.

Growing up, my family was never the type to schedule regular checkups. Sure, I visited the doctor to get a physical before school or sports started each year, and I went to the dentist every now and again, but it has never been a routine in my life. It has gotten to the point where I haven’t been to either in so long, that I am scared of what they will say. I’m really not looking forward to the part where they scold me for waiting so long to come in (it’s been like, years, since I’ve had a real check up at either the doctor or the dentist). Gah!

Honestly, I think I am a pretty healthy person and am not too worried about what the doctor and dentist will say. Mostly I’m worried that I’ll have cavities (I’ve never had one before) or that some of my moles might look suspicious and need to be checked for skin cancer (if the regular doctor doesn’t check that I will schedule a dermatologist appointment). Also, that cough that I had a few 4 weeks ago is still lingering way longer than it should. So hopefully, I will get some helpful advice (and maybe some antibiotics) and be on my healthy way. Here’s hoping!

Workout

My workouts this week have been going well! For the most part I have run with Jack in the mornings and afternoons and have completed part of an Insanity DVD almost every day.

Speaking of the dog park, when we went yesterday with Jack we saw a notice saying that the dog park will be closed starting THIS MONDAY until SPRING 2013!! WHAT?!? The city of Arlington is apparently not aware that Jack is a very spoiled pup and goes to the dog park practically every day. We run there together and it’s a great exercise that I really enjoy.

Apparently they will be “creating a new park,” which is rumored to involve a playground and less room for the dogs to frolic. This is obviously very sad news 🙁 Oh well, life goes on. At least they helpfully listed a few other Arlington dog parks to check out. None of them are very close to me, but it’s better than nothing!

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, my workouts. They have been pretty good this week, so I am happy about that. Also, thanks to all of you who responded to yesterday’s post about my workout habits! It seems like a bunch of you were interested in the Insanity videos so I thought I’d link to some other helpful information about insanity here and here. Also, feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions!

Recipe

The recipe I’m sharing with you all today is a great one!! It transforms regular old broccoli into a delightful, comforting fritter. The good news is you can use a wide variety of veggies for this fritter including shredded carrots, squash, or cauliflower. It’s a great way to sneak veggies into the diets of kids boyfriends who are picky about what they eat (not that I would know anything about that ;)). I have made these before with cauliflower and alluded to the broccoli version in other posts, but I thought I should finally share this great recipe with you all! Here’s how the fritters came together…

First I cut half of a head of broccoli into smaller florets. Then I steamed the broccoli just until it was bright green and tender crisp (so just for a minute or two). Then, I cut the florets into small pieces using my Slap Chop, although a regular knife would work too. You probably don’t want to put this in the food processor or the pieces will be too small.

Next I got the batter ready. Into a large bowl went some whole wheat flour, some regular all purpose flour, parmesan cheese, an egg, garlic, salt, and a few red pepper flakes.

I love the combination of whole wheat and white flours so the calories aren’t as high, but you still aren’t overwhelmed by a wheat flavor like you would be if you limited the recipe to only wheat flour.

Next, I added in the chopped broccoli and stirred everything together to make a batter.

Then I heated a large nonstick skillet to medium heat and dropped just a tiny bit of olive oil into the pan to give these fritters a nice, crispy crust. You really don’t need a lot of oil though, so be careful to just use a couple drops!

Next I formed the batter into fritters and placed them on the hot skillet.

Cook the fritters for a few minutes on each side and then flip them over. Continue cooking until they are crispy, firm, and lightly browned.

When the fritters are done, remove them to a plate, allow them to cool for a minute or two and dig in!

These are so delicious and make a great side dish to an easy weeknight meal (I served mine with grilled chicken). They also reheat really well in the microwave!

Yum!

Crispy Broccoli Fritters
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Serves: 5 fritters
 
These crispy broccoli fritters make a perfect side dish for a weeknight meal. They are a great way to get picky eaters to eat their veggies!
Ingredients
  • ½ medium bundle of broccoli
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (reduced fat if possible)
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Dash of olive or vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Cut broccoli florets into pieces and steam until just tender. Allow to cool and cut into tiny pieces.
  2. Mix next seven ingredients together in a large bowl (through pepper flakes). Add in chopped broccoli. Stir to combine.
  3. Heat nonstick skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of oil.
  4. Form the broccoli mixture into fritters and place in the pan.
  5. Allow to cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until fritters are firm, crisp, and lightly brown.

Lastly, I want to say happy birthday to one of my best friends, Britt. She has always been there for me and is such a dependable friend to have around in a tough situation. Plus, she reads my blog, so I thought she might like the shoutout. Happy Birthday Britters! See you in a few hours for happy hour (woot woot!)

 Posted by on July 12, 2012

  14 Responses to “Crispy Broccoli Fritters”

  1. Chels! I love reading your blog, everything always sounds so delicious and I’m so proud of you for creating it! Thanks for the birthday shout out I can’t wait to see you soon, Love ya!

  2. Good luck at your dentist appointment! I too have put off going to the dentist for way too long (though not for lack of trying– I’ve had to cancel my last 3 appts) but am very scared now that when I go back that I’ll have cavities or that it will be a painful appointment! And these fritters look delicious! Can’t wait to make them!

  3. those broccoli fritters look so good. love how simple they sound to make!! thanks for sharing girl 🙂

    i used to be a dental assistant, and you’d think the dentist wouldn’t phase me… but i’m so not a fan of visits. i hate my mouth being poked around with, and the thought of cavities terrify me!

  4. Those look so yummy!!! I am totally trying this! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I try to go to the doctor and dentist as little as possible!! I havent had a REAL checkup since highschool, so I really should probably head into the doctor for a physical. I just hate going in for no real reason!
    Sorry to hear about the dog park, my puppers HATES the dog park! Shes skiddish of other dogs for some reason, and just stands by me the entire time!

    Those fritters seriously look AMAZING. I love me some broccoli!

  6. These look unbelievably yummy. I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for sharing, Chelsea!

  7. These look so delicious!! I will definitely have to try them!!

  8. Do you think this could be made substituting flour for quinoa or something similar?

    • Maybe! The flower just acts as a binding agent, so it’s possible. You might have to add an extra egg if you use quinoa. If you try it out please let me know how it goes!

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