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Healthy for the holidays: Zucchini Latkes

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By Lucy Oyer:

• 1 lb zucchini, shredded • 2 cups shredded cooked potato • 2 medium shallots, minced, divided • 1 egg, beaten • 2 cups whole-wheat bread crumbs • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese • 1 tbsp dill, divided • 1/2 tsp salt, divided • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, divided • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded

4 servings | Total Time: 40 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. 2. Toss zucchini, potato, 3 tablespoons shallot and egg in a large bowl. 3. Add bread crumbs, feta, 1/2 tablespoon dill, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4

teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Form the mixture into 12 patties. 4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 6 patties, cover and cook until crispy and browned on one side for

approximately 2 to 5 minutes. 5. Carefully transfer the latkes to the prepared pan, browned-side down.

Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and patties. 6. Transfer the latkes to the oven and bake until firm and heated through,

for 10 to 12 minutes. 7. Meanwhile, prepare the tzatziki: Combine yogurt, cucumber, vinegar,

the remaining minced shallot, 1/2 tablespoon dill and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Serve the latkes with the tzatziki on the side.

 

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are fretting about the unhealthy food associated with this special time of year. For those who celebrate Hanukkah, the traditional potato pancake—known as a latke—is a necessity for festivities.

However, the grease-drenched nature of this delicacy may be cringe-worthy for those trying to maintain a healthier diet. Instead they should try zucchini potato latkes, which offer a delicious yet nutritious alternative. Briefly fried in vegetable oil and served with a light yogurt tzatziki sauce, these are a perfect addition to any holiday meal. Preparation is fairly simple, although they need to be baked slightly longer than specified. With the help of a few friends, it is pos- sible to make double the recipe in less than an hour. So, if your holiday meal is lacking a deliciously healthy dish, zucchini potato latkes are an excellent choice.

 

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