Savory Zucchini Pancakes

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Savory pancakes are a real treat, whether you choose to make them for a hearty breakfast, a quick lunch or a light dinner, and these are really tasty and easy to prepare. You can serve them plain or with your favorite sauce or gravy. You can eat them alone or as a side dish for mashed potatoes or as we did, orzo. Anything goes. Enjoy!

2 medium zucchini
1/2 block tofu 
2 Tbsp. sesame (raw)
1 tsp. onion powder (up to 1 Tbsp. if you are a big time onion lover)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (up to 1 tsp if you really love garlic)
1 tsp. dried basil (up to 1 Tbsp. chopped basil if you use fresh)
1 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
Salt to taste
3/4 cup water
Olive oil

1- Substitute the basil for tarragon
2- Add 1 Tbsp. tahini to strengthen the sesame flavor

Wash your zucchini well and cut in bite-size pieces. In a bowl, mix well all your dry ingredients. Mash the tofu with a fork, add to it the water and the zucchini pieces, mix well. Incorporate the zucchini mixture into the dry ingredients, making sure you have no lumps. Create a smooth and thick batter. "Paint" a skillet with olive oil and drop your small pancakes into it by large spoonfuls. Wait till set before flipping. Cook on both sides till golden brown.

Yield: 12

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Velvet Persimmon Smoothie

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If you are a persimmon lover, you must try this smoothie! It is easy and absolutely delicious! To make sure your smoothie turns out as yummy as can be, you must pick the right Persimmons at the market. The best are Fuyu (they are the non-astringent kind) and you must make sure they are completely ripe.

2 Fuyu Persimmons (peeled and seeded and cute into pieces)
1 cup of pineapple chunks (could be fresh or frozen)
1 apple, peeled, seeded and cubed (if organic, you can wash it and leave the skin on, taking out only the core)
1 banana, peeled and sliced
2 to 3 pitted dates (they take the place of sweeteners)
2 cups of coconut milk
1 1/2 cups vanilla-flavored rice or almond milk
Ice to taste

Place your ingredients in a blender and process till smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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Patty Pleasers

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These are very savory and yet have the kind of flavor that you can pair with just about anything, from potatoes to rice and from pasta to baked yams. Enjoy!

1/2 cup brown rice ground
1/2 cup garbanzos or chickpeas
1 medium potato, peeled
1/2 cup oats
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder (1/2 tsp. if you are not a garlic lover)
1 stalk celery, sliced
1/2 sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1/2 cup Anaheim pepper or any flavorful green pepper you like, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds
Salt to taste
Olive oil

In a blender or food processor with a little bit of water, puree the brown rice, the garbanzos and all the rest of the ingredients, except the oats, the seasonings and the flour. Scrape into a bowl and add the seasonings, mixing well, then, slowly, add the oats, combining well, and then the flour, adding more water as needed to form a firm but soft dough. Shape your patties with your hands of a large spoon and drop them into a hot skillet that has been barely "painted" with olive oil, you can also use a grill pan. Cook them on low heat, watching them so that they won't burn. Flip them as soon as they set and continue to turn them until golden brown on both sides.

Yield: 16 medium patties (more if smaller, less, if you make them steak size

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Tasty Couscous Amazingness

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Since our last couscous recipe was so popular, we are sharing another. This one is just as easy and totally delicious. Yes, you're taste buds are ready for this one!
You can serve them as is, as the sidekick of rice quinoa or millet. Chop them on top of
pasta and smother them in rich delicious sauce, or use them in your next sandwich with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

1 cup couscous (soaked in 1 cup of boiling water as per package instructions)
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup sweet red pepper
1 medium onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stalk celery
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water or more if needed

In a blender or food processor with as little water as possible, process the veggies and the sesame seeds until you get a smooth paste.
Scrape into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and seasonings, pouring little bits of water as you combine them until you get a good dough.
Form patties with the dough of any size you like and place into a non-stick baking sheet.
Bake at 375º F until golden on both sides, turning once.

Yield: 15 (medium sized patties, less if larger, more if smaller)

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Sweet Sunshine Smoothie

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Summer is the perfect time for delicious smoothies, this one is yummy and easy. Enjoy!

2 ripe bananas (soft but not mushy)
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup, cubed cantaloupe
1/4 cup pistachio nuts
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. sugar cane crystals or any sweetener or your choice
1 Tablespoon orange juice

Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Yield: 2 servings

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Delectable Zucchini Croquettes

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These are very tasty, with a bit of crunch to them. You can use them as a side for a variety of dishes. You can also cut them in pieces and add them to scrambles and to stir-fries. You can also place them in a tortilla, with your favorite toppings and sauce and roll them up for a quick lunch on the go!

1 Zucchini
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sesame seeds (raw, although you can use toasted seeds if you want to enhance their flavor)
1 tsp. garlic powder (1/2 tsp. if you are not a garlic lover)
1 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder (1 tsp. onion powder if you like it less spicy)
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt to taste
1 cup almond milk (1/4 cup raw almonds + 1 cup water)

Cut the zucchini lengthwise, then cut it into small pieces.
Take 1/4 cup raw almonds and process them with 1 cup of water to form the milk.
Pour into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients to form a thick batter.
"Paint" a cast iron skillet with olive oil and drop the mixture into it using a large spoon. Wait until they set before turning them. Cook on both sides till golden brown.

Yield: Approx. 15 or depending on size.

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Couscous Savories

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We are always trying to find new ways to make favorite things in the kitchen, and when we find a really yummy one, we share it with you. This recipe is really easy and super tasty. Enjoy!

3/4 cup couscous
1 cup all-fashioned oats
1 tomato, seeded and cut in chunks
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
1 raw potato, peeled and cut in chunks
1/2 cup walnuts (raw)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 red onion, peeled and sliced
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup sweet red pepper strips
1/2 cup sweet green pepper strips
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. spearmint
1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Put 3/4 cups water in a pot, when it starts boiling, drop in the couscous and let sit.
In a bowl, put the oats and cover it with water (about 1/2 cup water) and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process the walnuts, tomato, potato, carrot, onion, and the peppers into a smooth paste.
Scrape into a  bowl large enough to contain all the mixture when you add the rest of the ingredients. Incorporate the couscous and the oats, as well as the seasonings and the oil.
Take portions of the mixture and drop them by large spoonfuls into a walled cookie sheet barely painted with olive oil.
Bake at 400º F and when around 18 minutes have gone by, check them and turn them over. Continue baking until golden brown.
Once baked, drop them into your favorite sauce and let the patties absorb some of the moisture of the sauce, so that they become tender and juicy.

Serve as a sidekick of any dish!

Yield: Depends upon the size you make them

You can also crumble them and drop them into sauce or into a sofrito. You can smother them in your favorite gravy or chop them into your favorite scramble!

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