Are you a bit lost when it comes to finding a nourishing meal leading into or out of a cleanse? Fritters are an incredible way to get more plant-based goodness into your diet and to use up whatever you have left in your fridge at the end of the week.
We love this combination of flavours, not only because they taste incredible together, but we can always count on having carrots, quinoa and fresh herbs on hand at home. If you are short on time in the evenings, try cooking the quinoa the night before to speed up the process, and add it to a nourishing salad for the next day. The addition of COYO to serve with these fritters, not only tastes incredible, it provides that gut of yours with a dose of live vegan cultures which help to feed that gut of yours in all the right ways. See below for the nourishment hidden inside these glorious fritters.
Quinoa is one of the very few proteins that is a complete protein (contains all 9 essential amino acids). Quinoa contains Lysine that is essential for tissue growth and repair, contains iron to keep our red blood cells happy and healthy, contains fibre to promote healthy bowel movements and B2 to improve energy metabolism.
Carrots are famous for their contents of beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which help to keep those beautiful eyes of yours healthy for years to come by maintaining the strength of your eyes photoreceptors and reducing your risk of glaucoma. In addition to this, carrots are also important for cognitive function, liver detoxification, reducing risk of cancer and heart disease as they are loaded with antioxidants which fight off the free radicals present within the body. The high content of fibre in carrots assists with digestion to help move waste out of the body and prevent constipation or even hemorrhoids.
Organic Free Range Eggs
Eggs are one of nature’s true superfoods, where we always choose organic free range varieties to make sure we deliver our bodies with the highest quality and ensure the chickens had a happy life too. Not only are eggs incredibly versatile, but they also offer a long list of benefits for our health, these include; provide a good source of choline to support a healthy nervous system and a healthy metabolism, lowers LDL (bad cholesterol), prevent fatigue, provides protection against heart disease and supports strong bones.
Despite the name, buckwheat is gluten-free and it is actually a seed from a fruit similar to that of Rhubarb. Buckwheat is high in both protein and fibre which helps to maintain healthy muscle mass, improves digestion, helps to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and helps to regulate blood glucose.
COYO Coconut Yoghurt
For those of you who can’t tolerate dairy, this is our favourite coconut yoghurt. Cofounded by the Sandra Gosling, Naturopath, savory bacteriologist, COYO uses only the finest organic ingredients and vegan plant-based cultures throughout their range to promote gut health for true wellness. COYO does not contain any empty calories, fillers, preservatives, additives, refined sugars, or artificial anything which can be found in other varieties. We love using COYO coconut yoghurt in both sweet and savory dishes, so stay tuned to see what else we whip up with using their incredible range.
Quinoa, Carrot and Mint Fritters
Makes 6 medium-sized fritters
1 carrot grated
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1 tbsp psyllium husk
½ cup buckwheat flour
1 bunch chives, roughly chopped
2 tbsp chia seeds
Coconut oil to cook with
1 handful fresh mint – roughly chopped
COYO Natural coconut yoghurt – to serve
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius fan-forced and line a baking tray with baking paper
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and combine with a wooden spoon. Once combined allow the mixture to sit in the fridge for 10 minutes to thicken.
- Take the mixture out of the fridge and form into 8 even sized patties with your hand and place them on a plate.
- Place ½ tbsp coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Once the coconut oil has melted, add the patties to the frying pan (you may need to do this in batches depending on how large your pan is).
- Lightly fry each fritter for roughly 3 minutes either side or until golden brown. Place the fritters that are doe on the baking tray and place in the oven. Sometimes you will need to do this in batches (depending on the size of your pan). Once you have repeated steps 5 and 6 with all the mixture, take the fritters out of the oven.
- Serve the fritters with a tbsp of COYO and a sprinkle of fresh mint and a large handful of rocket.