Green Curry Fritters

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I hound my dad at every opportunity to eat less, put down the salt shaker, cut out the butter, consume less alcohol, start an exercise routine, and the list goes on and on. Frankly, the man doesn’t take the best care of himself…and selfishly, I wish he did. He has a gym membership and a daughter that’s a dietitian. I review his labs, make suggestions, and yet…nothing ever changes.

Unfortunately, my dad has this non-healing wound on his leg. Wanting to take the “non-Western” route, he has been seeing a chiropractor for the past many, many weeks receiving infrared treatments. I haven’t done any research myself, but based on conversations with my mom, it all sounds very experimental. As it would end up, my dad’s wound is still not healed.

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Last night, my dad called. He wanted to know what a “gluten-free diet entailed”.

“Let me guess, your chiropractor suggested this?” I asked.

“No, his assistant suggested it.” he replied.

Head –> Tabletop. I love that everyone is a nutrition expert giving advice. And worse, that advice is received and adopted!

No symptoms, no testing…just a blind suggestion to cut out gluten. Would it cause harm? No. But none of my suggestions were any that he took into consideration (i.e. exercise, reduced alcohol intake, etc.). He did try an amino acid supplement I suggested. Small victories.

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When I had gotten through rattling off all the foods that contain gluten (and naturally, many of the foods he enjoys most) he was still determined to cut out gluten. He also shared that he was total to cut out fruit because “it contains sugar”. Seriously? Should I tell my dad this conversation is bordering on offensive? Thankgoodnessmydaddoesnotreadmyblog.

Gluten-free friends, swap out the panko for gluten-free breadcrumbs and this here is one of Cooking Light’s top recipes of 2012. I wouldn’t say these were my favorite recipe from Cooking Light in 2012, but they were definitely a solid recipe that I would give an “A” to!

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Green Curry Fritters from Cooking Light

2/3 cup panko
1/4 cup green onions, diagonally sliced
1 lb ground chicken breast
2 Tbsp canola or olive oil-based light mayonnaise
1 1/2 Tbsp green curry paste
1 Tbsp dark sesame oil
1 Tbsp lower-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sambal oelek (chile paste)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 large egg
2 Tbsp canola oil, divided

Directions:

Place first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine mayonnaise and the next 7 ingredients (through egg). Add mayonnaise mixture to chicken mixture; mix lightly until combined. Divide into 10 equal portions; gently shape each portion into a small patty.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan; swirl. Add 6 patties to pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure.

Yield: 10 fritters

Nutrition Information (per fritter): 113 calories; 5.8 g. fat; 49 mg. cholesterol; 253 mg. sodium; 5.1 g. carbohydrate; 0.5 g. fiber; 11.3 g. protein

Result: These were moist and had great flavor. They did, however, need something on them. I mixed a few tablespoons of mayonnaise with an equal amount of fat-free plain Greek yogurt and just a bit of the green curry paste. It definitely took these from an “okay” meal to a “very good” meal. Simple to make, these also reheated great. Enjoy!

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The second session of parent-child cooking classes start tonight…it’ll be a busy day and a busy next 4 weeks! So worth it when the families love the program so much!

Be well,

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Comments

  1. says

    Ugh. It’s annoying when people dispense weight loss advice sometimes. I remember someone coming to Weight Watchers class saying that she thought she gained weight because she ate an extra banana during the week that she hadn’t counted the points for. My answer to her (and I tried not to be rude) was that no one is at Weight Watchers because we have a problem with eating too many bananas!

  2. says

    You may have mentioned this before Nicole, but is your Dad diabetic?? Just wondering why a wound is taking so long to heal. :(

    Ha, I had to laugh at Anne Marie’s comment above – so true!

  3. Chrissy says

    Ugh, I hate when a few weirdo chiropractors make the whole profession look bad. My husband is a chiropractor, and he isn’t into weird experimental stuff, he’s not anti-vaccine, etc. He just helps fix back and neck pain! Sorry for the rant, these fritters look awesome, and I hope your dad’s leg gets better!

  4. says

    Oh man! If only you had gone to school be a chiropractor. Seriously though, sometimes I guess it’s just hard to take advice from those closest to us. I hope his wound heals soon (and that he starts taking YOUR advice!)

    These fritters also sound delicious!

  5. says

    These look amazing. I’ll have to add it to my neverending list of food to make. :)
    Also, I hope your dad’s alright. The random health/diet advice thing always makes me crazy. I mean, I’m not an expert by any means, but I really feel like people are going ahead and cutting all these things out of their diet when they don’t need to.

  6. says

    Don’t you just love how everyone loves to put in their two cents when it comes to nutrition. I actually just had someone ask me a random question about weight loss that her friend is currently doing. Unfortunately, I didn’t give her the answer she wanted to hear.
    These look just fabulous!

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