Mock Crab Cakes | Garden Green Zucchini Fritters | Healthy Recipe

A summer favorite I'd like to share my healthy Mock Zucchini Crab Cakes recipe made out of garden fresh Zucchini! It's also great for when you want a meatless lunch or meal. Air-Fryer friendly!

Mock Crab Cakes Zucchini Fritters

Are you wondering how to use up zucchini that you grow in your garden or the neighbors give you? Try these Zucchini Fritters !

Zucchini Recipes

As the mom of two college graduates, I'm pretty familiar with having had to constantly remind the kids to eat healthy.

Once they had their own apartments on and off campus, their eating habits changed for the better.  Both of my girls were college athletes, and often shared shopping for groceries, cooking and preparing meals with their roommates.

For students, eating at college is an entire new ball game, with late night pizza delivery and swinging by the food cart.  Even though some of these quick and simple options taste great, they're probably not healthy for a student's body.

Dress with a homemade Remoulade Sauce or Mediterranean Diet friendly Tzatziki sauce. 

Healthy Recipe Ideas Meatless Meals

The food choices students make can affect whether or not they're able to remain awake during class and whether or not they'll be susceptible to mononucleosis when it hits the college campus.  The problem isn't only about eating junk food, it's more  about not getting the proper proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals that people need.

Mock Crab Cake Fritters Zucchini

When it comes to defending against illnesses, minerals and vitamins are very important.  Just because they're important isn't a reason for students to run out and stock up on vitamins and supplements.  It's best for students to get their nutrition from food.

Vitamin A can be found in milk and diary products, Vitamin C in citric fruits,  and Vitamin E in nuts, green leafy vegetables, and whole wheat products.  This is the preferred way to get  nutrition, as your body relies on these vitamins for many reasons.

When the kids eat on campus, encourage them to skip on the soft drinks and  go right to the juice bar.  Explore the  different entrees available and go to the salad bar where there are fresh vegetables.  They can also try putting some broccoli and cauliflower in the microwave for steamed vegetables.  There are always healthy cereals and plenty of fresh fruit available in dining halls as well.

Always remember that eating healthy isn't just about avoiding greasy foods. Eating healthy involves getting a balanced diet and getting the right nutrients and vitamins to keep your body in peak performance - or at least awake during classes.

Here's a recipe for my favorite Zucchini Fritters. Serve with homemade tartar sauce or a Cajun Delta Sauce. You can also make it Mediterranean Diet compliant by substituting your favorite ingredients.

These can be air fried in an Air Fryer (I have a Ninja) or a good quality saute pan. 

Try these fritters for a meatless meal, vegetarian option, Meatless Monday or Lenten meal.

Zucchini Fritters

Here's other delightful plentiful Zucchini Recipes you may enjoy -

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Zucchini Mock Crab Cakes

2 c. coursely grated zucchini, unpeeled (about 1 medium)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 c. Italian bread crumbs (or whole wheat multigrain bread torn into crumbs)
1 tbl. mayonnaise (or Greek Yogurt)
1 tbl. Old Bay seasoning
1 egg, beaten
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl (grated zucchini and onion into a colander so some of the liquid could drain out).  The texture can be adjusted – if it’s too dry, add another egg; if too wet, add more brea crumbs (we had to add a couple extra tablespoons of crumbs.)

Heat some EEVO oil in a skillet.  Form mixture into patties and fry over medium heat until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Can also be made in an air-fryer. Air fry at 375 * for 5 minutes. Flip, spray with EVOO and air fry additional 5-8 minutes. 

Can be made Mediterranean Diet compliant with your own substitutions.

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Spinach Dip | Dip Recipes | Veggie Dips

This Spinach Dip is a favorite and delightful way to get more veggies into your diet!

Spinach Dip Recipe Appetizer

Spinach Dip Appetizer Party Recipe

Stuck on what to bring to an impromptu party invite?  Hosting your own last-minute get-together?  This healthy Spinach Dip recipe can be made ahead, or even last minute, and will please most everyone.  Make it your own with your favorite seasonings, and you probably will have most all of the ingredients already on hand.

If you grow your own spinach from your garden, it's a perfect way to use those fresh veggies, too!

Spinach Dip Recipe Appetizer

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Spinach Dip Recipe


1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

1-3/4 cup mayonnaise

 1/2 cup  chopped green onion, scallion or chive

1/2 cup  chopped parsley

 dash of salt, to taste

dash of pepper, to taste


Make the day before.  Cook spinach and drain well.  
Chop into smaller pieces if necessary either with a chopper or by hand
Mix with 
remaining ingredients
Refrigerate for awhile
Serve with a firm cracker, pita chips, 
Serve with a firm cracker, pita chips, sliced bagel or veggies

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Asian Pot Stickers | Fried Dumplings | Potsticker Recipe

If you enjoy Asian food, these Pot Stickers are for you, so easy to make.

Asian Potstickers Dumplings

Asian Pot Stickers Dumplings 

My co-worker gave me the recipe for Pot Stickers many years ago, and I have made tons of them to send to my daughter and her roomates when she was in college.  They are easy to freeze, and then microwave for lunch, dinner, snack or party food. 

 I like to meal prep these tidbits ahead of time and keep a bag on hand in the freezer to grab when needed..
Aactually I only have a recipe for the dumpling filling and then I just wing it so here goes.

You can purchase the wrappers in the grocery store or an Asian specialty store – to me it's not worth the time to make them.  Round or square wrappers can be used.


Pot Sticker Dumpling Recipe

1 package won ton wrappers


3/4  lb. ground pork or ground chicken
Soy Sauce (NOT La Choy) or Tamari to taste
Salt and pepper, optional
2 cloves minced garlic
A bit of minced scallion
1/2 to 3/4 small can water chestnuts, minced
Just enough corn starch to bind
1 -2 tbl. of water, for softness
 Keep won ton wrappers sealed until ready to use
Mix all other ingredients
Have a small bowl of warm water ready for dipping your fingers 
Have a plate or platter ready and a wet towel to keep the dumplings moist
On each wrapper place approx. 3/4 tsp. of meat  mixture
Fold to desired shape and seal with wet fingers
Place on plate and after 3-4 cover with wet towel until ready to cook to prevent wrapper from drying 
Steam until wrapper shrinks slightly around meat and looks wet
Remove from steamer and return to plate and wet towel
Put a thin sim of oil in pan and fry on medium high  until golden
Dip in any sauce you like and enjoy
(May be frozen at any stage but must be well sealed)
(May be refrigerated after steaming and before frying if kept under moist towel - 
great when having company)

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