Green pea fritters

Children require a range of nutrient-dense whole foods to support optimal growth and development. Diet and lifestyle have the ability to feed a disease or prevent one but, unfortunately, the rate of childhood obesity is a growing issue in New Zealand.

Let’s make green peas cool again, because they are literally packed with nutrients and children love to eat them! Green veges are the superstars in the nutrition world, and that is due to very powerful antioxidants that boost immunity and fight the development of diseases. Peas are also surprisingly high in vitamin K, a nutrient that helps us absorb calcium and supports bone growth and development. They also supply us with fibre to support healthy gut function and stabilised energy.

You will need:

• 2 small courgettes
• 1 cup ricotta cheese
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
• ½ cup buckwheat flour or wholemeal flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cup green peas

How to make:

1. Grate courgettes, then place on a paper towel and set aside.

2. In a bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, eggs, and parmesan cheese.

3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and pepper.

4. Squeeze excess liquid out of courgettes with a paper towel and add to ricotta mixture.

5. Add green peas and mix well. Form mixture into pikelet-sized fritters.

6. Heat a frypan with a drizzle of olive oil. Cook fritters about three minutes on each side or until golden. Set on a paper towel to cool.

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