Zucchini Cakes

Zucchini Cakes
3 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. Panko
1 egg
3 TB sliced green onions
2 oz diced pimiento, drained
1 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 TB light mayo
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

Place zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 30 minutes then press with a paper towel to remove as much liquid as possible. In medium bowl, combine zucchini, panko, egg, green onions, pimiento, Old Bay, mustard, mayo and pepper flakes.
Spray medium skillet with cooking spray. Form mixture into 8 patties and brown on each side.
Yield: 8 servings. Per serving= 63 Calories; 1g Fat (19.4% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 24mg Cholesterol;

Mexican Quinoa Fiesta


Mexican Fiesta
½ c. quinoa
1 ½ c. water, divided
1 lb. ground beef
1 TB taco seasoning
15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
10 ¾ oz can nacho cheese soup
½ c. water

In small saucepan, cook rinsed quinoa in 1 cup water. In medium saucepan, brown ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning and tomatoes. Add soup and water; combine with cooked quinoa. Can be served with Nacho chips, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream, if desired. Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 428 Calories; 30g Fat (63.5% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 91mg Cholesterol; 565mg Sodium

Guacamole-Style Quinoa

I really like avocado and quinoa together.

Guacamole-Style Quinoa
1 c. rinsed quinoa
15 oz can fat free chicken broth
1 lime, juiced
5 TB chopped cilantro
6 grape tomatoes, quartered
Dash garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 avocado, cubed
2 TB diced tamed jalapenos

In small saucepan, cook quinoa and chicken broth. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 204 Calories; 8g Fat (32.6% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 29g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 188mg Sodium.

Margarita Dressing

I don’t know. It was ok. Maybe it’s better the next day?

Margarita Dressing
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. lime juice
2 TB Margarita mix
2 1/2 TB honey
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried cilantro
1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients.
Yield: 3/4 cup. Per tablespoon= 95 Calories; 9g Fat (82.9% calories from fat); trace Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 23mg Sodium

Buffalo Quinoa Bites

I love wing sauce!


Buffalo Quinoa Bites
1 cup vegetable broth
½ cup quinoa, uncooked (I used red quinoa)
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp reduced fat Bisquick
Dash garlic powder
¼ cup Frank’s hot sauce
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Bring broth and quinoa to a boil in a medium pot. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer (covered) for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, Bisquick, garlic powder, hot sauce, Parmesan, and the cooked quinoa. Stir well to combine. Spoon batter into mini muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.
Yield: 18 bites. Per bite= 41 Calories; 1g Fat (27.0% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 21mg Cholesterol; 203mg Sodium.