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Zucchini & Tofu Fritters w/ Avocado-Cashew-Lime Dip
Recipe from the excellent Cooking For Health Blog. ©2014 Jane Philpott. Reprinted with permission.

Zucchini is nutritious and low in calories. It's also quite easy to incorporate into a variety of delicious dishes, and this recipe is sure to please.

1/2 cup cashews
1 small avocado
juice of 1/2 small lime
small pinch of salt (optional)

2 medium zucchini
1 small white onion, grated
2-3 small new potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces firm tofu
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1 teaspoon lime zest
1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon apple juice concentrate
1 tablespoon ground flax mixed in 2 tablespoons warm water
2 tbsp. fresh coriander, chopped
3-4 tbsp. chickpea or wheat flour

Soak the cashews in water for 1-2 hours. While they're soaking, prepare the fritters following the instructions below. When the cashews have finished soaking, drain them. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone, scoop out the flesh and blend it with cashews, adding the lime juice and salt to taste.

Grate the zucchini and onion into a bowl. Peel the potatoes, then grate them into the same bowl. Sprinkle the grated vegetables with salt and allow them to sit for 30 minutes to draw out the juices. Squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands and put the mixture into a bowl. Grate the tofu into the same bowl, then add the
ground cumin, ground coriander and ground paprika, lime zest, lime juice, apple juice concentrate, and fresh coriander. Carefully fold in the ground flax seed and water mixture (it acts as the binding agent) and the flour. Shape the resulting mixture into small flat rounds and gently pan-fry them in rice bran oil or olive oil.

Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with the dip and a green salad.

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