Pumpkin zucchini porridge

I created this recipe quite a few months ago while I was doing a parasite cleanse and my breakfast options were very limited and I was for once getting sick of eggs. I wanted to create something that would be filling and that I could prep ahead of time so I wasn't spending a ton of time in the kitchen during the week. Cauliflower has been a star ingredient the last few years (and for good reason) but zucchini is also so versatile! I actually put chopped up raw zucchini in my acai bowls and smoothies to add some nutrients and substance without adding additional sugar or calories. Not to mention zucchini noodles (or zoodles) are so delicious and such a great alternative to regular pasta. So... I decided to give zucchini "porridge" a try! The end result definitely has an oatmeal like texture, so if you don't like oatmeal or porridge, you probably won't like this dish.

I had to add toppings to mine, as the original consistency is too mushy for me, but I'm weird when it comes to that (I hate flan, cottage cheese gives me the hee bee gee bees, etc.. ). Since I was doing a parasite cleanse, I decided to add in pumpkin, but you can totally substitute with apple sauce or banana for some other fun flavor creations. I also topped with pumpkin seeds (which are said to help kill parasites), but chopped apples would be perfect if you're using apple sauce instead, or sliced bananas, or any fruit really, if using mashed banana. Nuts would also be a great option. I also added some almond butter. If you like coconut, shaved coconut would be a nice touch. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients (2 servings):

3 egg whites

1 egg

1 cup grated zucchini

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used cashew milk)

1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin (or apple sauce or mashed banana)

3 tablespoons flaxmeal

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

1. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 egg, 3 egg whites and 3 tablespoons flaxmeal over medium-low heat until thickened, about 6-8 minutes. Stir constantly so eggs don't scramble

2. Reduce heat to low and add 1 cup grated zucchini, 1/2 cup pumpkin (or applesauce or mashed banana) and cinnamon and stir until combined

3. Allow to thicken until desired consistency

4. Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe bowl

5. Top with any toppings of choice, such as almond butter, nuts, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, etc.

Enjoy!

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