Zucchini Corn Fritters with Dilled Cashew Sour Cream

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Sometimes I recall the kind of sweets I ate as a child and my teeth chatter. I mean, white toast dipped in white sugar? Bowls full of Cocoa cereal (sometimes without the milk)? Large-sized bags of fruit-flavored candy in rainbow colors? Straight spoonfuls of canned (and entirely artificial) frosting? In addition, my mom was a great from-scratch baker, so we always had fresh baked goods in our house. No wonder I grew up obsessed with desserts.

When I switched to a healthy, vegan and gluten-free diet in my 30s, my first foray in the kitchen was trying to recreate all my favorite confections, this time as vegan desserts. I still do love me a good ice cream sundae, S’mores bar, oatmeal raisin cookie, or truffle (albeit a healthier version these days). But I knew I had really become a grown-up with a real adult palate when I finally began experimenting with savory dishes in the kitchen.

Vegan and Gluten Free Recipes | Zucchini and Corn Fritters with Dilled Cashew Sour Cream | Ricki Heller

Suddenly, I found myself intrigued by veggie-based dishes, main courses, appetizers and dips. I made hummus for the first time and then tried out every variation I could think of. Savory stews, salads, creamed spinach, pastas galore, chilis—you name it, I tried to make it.

Nowadays, I still adore sweets, but my menus are a little more balanced.  I know the value (and deliciousness) of healthy foods, and I prefer them to any of the junk foods I used to eat. Although breakfast is by far my favorite meal, I’m able to enjoy many a savory pancake, too, just as much as a sweet one.

Zucchini and Corn Fritters with Dilled Cashew Sour Cream

These gluten-free zucchini corn “fritters” are a perfect example.  Ideal as the main dish at a brunch or light dinner, they also work well made in miniature size as a delightful appetizer at a buffet table or party tray.

The combination of corn and zucchini topped with creamy dill “sour cream” will appeal to your discerning adult taste buds; yet on their own, the fritters make a great dish for kids, too, encouraging them to give grown-up food a try… so much better than sugar-dipped toast.

Vegan and Gluten Free Recipes | Zucchini and Corn Fritters with Dilled Cashew Sour Cream | Ricki Heller

 

 

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