Healthy Dinner: Chickpea Butternut Squash Patties

November 18, 2015
In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, I created some mouthwatering patties using a very holiday themed ingredient--squash. Making and enjoying these patties is really a joy. They’re easy to make, and a true pleasure to devour. They also make a fantastic appetizer with marinara, or a hearty entree with whole grains or turned into sliders. I love texture, and for me that's probably the very best thing about these patties. The crunchy outer portion, is a wonderful complement to the inner juicier section. Here are a few of the many health benefits a few of the ingredients offer: Butternut Squash- Strengthens the immune system, prevent cancer, protects the heart, boost respiratory health, and reduces blood pressure. Curry- Is blend of seasonings, usually containing turmeric. It can help lower cholesterol levels and prevent gallstones. Cumin- is really a powerful anti-oxidant. It can really help if you suffer from inflammation. Parsley- is great for the liver and kidneys, and high in Vitamins A and C. Please read my easy to follow recipe below to make your very own.
Vegan Butternut Squash Patties - Sweet and Savory Appetizer or Entree!

Healthy Dinner: Chickpea Butternut Squash Patties

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  • 1 can (16 ounces) about two cups garbanzo Beans
  • 3 cups Butternut Squash
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purose Gluten-free Flour ( Iued Uncle Bob's red Mill)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Curry
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Cocnut Oil
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Directions

1.) Puree the chickpeas for about 60 seconds 2.) Remove from mixer and place in a large mixing bowl. 3.) Grate the squash, add the squash into the bowl. 4.) Add the cumin, curry and parsley. Mix thoroughly 5.) Form patties from the mixture 6.) Lightly grease a frying pan. 7.) Sautee the patties for 2-3 minutes each side. 8.) Enjoy :) If you like to, you can use some salsa or marinara as a dipping sauce. ___ Photo: Alex Kudukis

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Alexandra Kudukis is a freelance journalist currently writing for Dirva, Draugas News, and Draugas Newspapers, contributing articles in both English and Lithuanian. She began her informal journalistic training at the tender age of four when she began attending concerts with her mother’s best friend Jane Scott, the premier rock music reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Everything she knows from the structure of a good article to conducting an engaging interview- including how to be gracious and kind even in the most difficult of situations, she learned from Jane. She has completed her first novel, a dynamic struggle of a woman letting go of childhood dreams while attempting to balance a horric home life and burgeoning career. Alexandra has also just completed her first full-length screenplay chronicling the young adult lives of children from Eastern European families, misfits trying (and failing) to find success as first generation Americans. She has an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University, which has provided her a broad base on which to base her career.Her blog details the trials and triumphs of an aspiring writer. She studied German and Russian as an undergraduate and loves to travel. Alexandra currently resides in Fountain Valley, CA with her animal companions, two cats Isabella and Victoria and Pierre, a rescue pigeon.

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