I am no gardener (more of a Plant Slayer, admittedly) but I do have an absolute fascination with the whole concept of growing stuff.
Like, in the dirt. With just some water. And a little time, maybe? The right conditions?
Cos if you are lucky…
It gives you food. Really healthy food. For FREE, even (well, sorta).
Seriously, when you think about it, how cool is that?
It is with this recipe in mind that I went and purchased a wee-baby zucchini plant at my local nursery, along with the hopes of a bumper crop of those famously prolific green gourds. Because if things go well and I have my way, I’ll be able to eat these masterfully fried fritters – every single day.
I don’t know about you, but I can almost actually feel my vitamin D levels going up….just by looking at this bright and beautiful bowl of bodily benevolent bounty.
Earthy mushrooms, juicy grape tomatoes, sweet red bell pepper and crunchy cubed zucchini come together in raw and ready solidarity, held up (and held together) by a gutsy, garlicky, feta-cheese-a-fied marinade/dressing.
No sissy pants of a side dish; this bodacious babe brings the goods when it comes to a super delicious, sinfully simple salad.
Probably one of the best known Thai dishes out there (at least to me!), traditional pad Thai is created from rice noodles stir fried together with any number of other various ingredients…….and we all love, love, love it for a reason.
It IS Soooooo Stinkin Delicious!
SO stinkin delicious. sigh
Unfortunately…..your basic restaurant style pad Thai has few nutritional benefits to offset its staggering carb, calorie and salt profile. And that’s really okay every once in a while but what if I told you that you could whip this together in your own kitchen, create a dish that is actually bursting with low carb, nutrient dense veggie goodness, and knock yourself out with the results?
This title took me so long to type that I might need to eat one of these guys for re-fuel-age.
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that long but any excuse is a good reason to whip up a batch of these. With absolutely no refined white flour (or any sort of flour for that matter), very low sugar (about 6 grams per square; compare that to your basic store-bought cookie at an average of 15 grams per cookie….that’s ONE cookie, people) vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein to boot, these super moist chocolate chip studded squares of gooey goodness will trick your sweet tooth into thinking you’ve been bad when in fact you’ve been very, very good.
Think of it as zucchini/banana bread gone wild. So incredibly yummy you will not believe how good for you a “treat” can be! And that’s just crazy-ness.