Happy New Year dear readers! I know this space got ignored for a bit as the last few months have been hectic for everyone, to say the least. Diwali, Christmas, New Year’s…the revelry continued for quite a while! To shake myself out of the food induced coma , I’m committing to a “30 days clean eating plan” — less refined sugar, no alcohol and no processed foods.
My plan is not a take on any kind of “diet” plan restricting a particular food group . I am a firm believer in balanced eating. This is also NOT an attempt at losing weight. And certainly no planning to survive on cabbage soup! This is an exercise, though to get rid of all the toxins that may have accumulated over the last few months of insane ( albeit Yum!) eating and to rev up my metabolism. I will be eating delicious nutrient- dense wholesome foods that nourish and energise. And yes, I will be bake a lot…to appease my sweet tooth!!
To get the ball rolling, I have for you, these Vegan Cornmeal Zucchini Pancakes…
Now these pancakes are super easy to make and will make any meal time special. Cornmeal ( or polenta) combined with brown rice flour make for a lovely crispy crust, while the inside stays soft..thank you zucchini! They are incredibly versatile too. How about adding some grated carrots or cauliflower or potatoes? Spice them up, spice them down…whatever rocks your boat!
Any number of toppings will work here. You could top these with piquant salsa, creamy yogurt dressing, hummus, tangy chutney. I made a quick simple salad of cherry tomatoes and fresh basil tossed in a bit of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil with a dash of salt & pepper for seasoning.
You have to be a bit patient while making these. They don’t flip as easily as regular pancakes. They need to be cooked on low heat with the pan covered for about 4-5 minutes and they behave better. As patience is not my virtue, I did break a couple initially. But as I got the hang of it, they came out beautifully.
Its indeed satisfying when something so simple results in something so delightful. Eating healthy does not have to be drab…it can be glamorous and exciting!