Tag: Dinner

Zucchini “Crab” Cakes with a freezer option! 

Zucchini “Crab” Cakes with a freezer option! 

It’s that time of year again! I am busy in the kitchen putting produce from our garden in the freezer or canning to store in the basement. Saturday, the Bearded Man helped me can 55 half pints of pizza sauce. I also woke up to this outlandish amount of zucchini.

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve had zucchini banana bread, cheesy zucchini garlic bread, zucchini pasta, zucchini chicken stir fry….it goes on and on..:but this recipe for “crab” cakes is by far our favorite! We have about 80 of them in the freezer so far, with plans to make more! It’s so nice to pull out a bag on busy nights for a fast and CHEAP dinner! They are filling enough to serve as the main dish, which allows us to go meatless more often. 
Zucchini “Crab” Cakes

-1 egg beaten 

-2 tablespoons melted butter 

-1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning 

-2 tablespoons dried minced onion*

-1 cup Italian style bread crumbs 

-2 1/2 cups shredded zucchini 

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until combined. Use a heavy duty spoon or your hands. Mixture will look like this:


Shape mixture into patties. You can either fry immediately or place onto parchment lined baking sheets and freeze**


To fry; Heat oil in a large skillet and fry over medium heat until both sides are browned. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels. 


Alternately, you can bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes on each side. 


We had ours with corn and crockpot Cowboy Beans, yum!

*You can also use freshly chopped onions. My family doesn’t like the taste of fresh onions in their food, so I stick with the dried stuff. 😊

**Freeze on parchment paper in a jelly roll pan until they are frozen solid. Then transfer to a freezer bag. You don’t need to thaw before frying, just be very careful when placing in the oil! 

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Crockpot Sloppy Joes 

Sloppy Joes go with childhood like chocolate milk and bubble baths. Most kids love them. I think maybe once in our marriage, I’ve picked up one of those cans of sloppy joe sauce that rhymes with “sandwich.” Meh. They are so much better homemade, and I’ll skip the corn syrup in my sandwich, thank you very much. I use half meat/half lentils, to give the kids some extra fiber. They don’t even notice that they’re in there. If the thought of lentils in your sandwich creeps you out, then just use all meat!
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

-1 pound ground turkey or ground beef

-2 cups cooked lentils, or another pound meat.

-1 1/2 cups natural ketchup 

-1/3 cup brown sugar 

-1/4 cup mustard 

-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 

-1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 

– 1 tsp salt 

-1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

-1/4 teaspoon paprika 

-1/4 teaspoon pepper 

Brown the meat. Add the meat, lentils, and remaining ingredients to your crock pot. Cook on low for 3-6 hours. 

These are so good! We had ours on homemade sandwich buns(recipe coming tomorrow) and a side of spicy pickles. Our cucumbers went crazy over the summer…The Bearded Man must’ve canned pickles a few times a week…and now we’re the weird couple with a laundry room full of pickles. 

  
Recipe adapted from, http://www.humoroushomemaking.com/crock-pot-sloppy-joes

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