February 18, 2019

Zucchini and Cheese Waffles - Low Carb Side Option

A quick fly-by post with last night's dinner - because I don't have much time to type out a long recipe and upload lots of photos.  This one is hardly a recipe - it's more of a throw it together kind of thing and is so quick and easy!

If I had a not-as-healthy choice for a side dish, I'd choose potatoes.  I LOVE potatoes in almost every form.  But that starch is converted by your body into sugar (there is a more scientific way to explain but I'm not going there on this post).  And we are not eating potatoes at all when we are doing strict low-carb and sugar free.

Last night's dinner was marinated steaks on the grill with some mushrooms sauteed in butter and olive oil.  For a side dish, I wanted to use up two zucchini we had on hand.  Not wanting to do the typical slice and cook, I shredded them, added egg for a binder, threw in some cheese and garlic and popped them into our waffle iron to crisp them into patties.

I honestly wanted to make them into jalapeno zucchini patties because that's my favorite!  But I didn't feel the jalapeno flavor would go with the heavily marinated steaks I was serving so... sans jalapenos this time.

If you have a waffle iron, these are quick and easy and almost no work!  But obviously you can fry the patties in a pan on the stove with some oil/butter as well.

Amounts aren't really too important and you can add/delete ingredients as you wish - different cheeses, jalapenos, mushrooms, peppers, onion, bacon, ham, etc.

Zucchini and Cheese Waffles

2-3 zucchini, cleaned and grated or shredded
1 or 2 eggs to bind it all together
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Mix together and use about 2-3 tablespoons for each serving, cooked in your waffle maker until golden brown.  To keep them crisp, lay them on a wire rack immediately after removing them and they will crisp up in a minute or so.  If you lay them on a plate, the top will be crisp, but the bottom laying flat on the plate holds moisture so it will be soft.  Eat them any way you wish!

You might also be interested in these waffle makers available through Amazon.  

I previously owned this square version from Hamilton Beach and LOVED IT.  My oldest daughter did too... and she didn't have a waffle maker, so when I bought a new 'round' flip style waffle maker, I gave her this one.  I miss it.  Ha ha.  I might have to buy another one because they are affordable, and I love the square waffles and miss them since I can only make round ones now.

  Hamilton Beach 4-Piece Belgian Waffle Maker (26020)

   Presto 03510 Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker

I have this style now - although mine is a cheaper version I found on clearance at Sam's Club a couple years ago after the holidays.  It flips around just like the waffle makers you find at hotels, etc. 

  Cuisinart WAF-F10 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel

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