Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Easy Zucchini and Carrot Souffle or Pie?
A lot of people are scared of souffles. They have a reputation of being temperamental! However, this is an easy one - it is not required to puff too much, so it is more like a pie hence my name Souffle Pie.
My mother used to make this dish a lot when I was at college. Some of my friends used to beg her to do it when they came over to study!
I am lucky that I have lots of fresh zucchinis and carrots from my garden, so this was the dish to make today.
3 cups of grated zucchinis
2 cups of grated carrots
2 tbs chopped fresh oregano
1 tbs butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tbsp chicken stock powder
2tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Pre heat oven at 350F.
In a pan, sauteed the onions and spring onions with the butter and some PAM cooking spray.
When the onions are translucent, add the grated zucchinis and carrots and cook. As it cooks, the zucchinis will turn watery, at that time, add the chopped oregano and the chicken stock powder.
Keep cooking until all the water evaporates. Add salt and pepper to taste (I normally do not add salt as I think it is nice just as it is).
Once the water evaporates, turn it off and let it cool down.
Coat an oven safe dish with PAM, set aside.
Separate the whites of the eggs and put on a bowl. Keep the yellows - we will use them later.
Fluff the whites with 1 tbsp of water, you can use a kitchen assistant, a hand mixer or hand whisk them! Once they are stiff, blend the yellows into the whites (they will deflate a little).
Blend the zucchini and carrot mixture into the eggs, mix gently not to deflate the eggs too much. Poor over your oven safe dish, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over it.
Put in the oven for approximately 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown on top.
You can eat this dish hot with a dollop of sour cream, or you can eat cold. It is nice in sandwich too.
Dukan Diet Tip: If you are following the Dukan Diet, make sure you do not use butter and that the sour cream is fat free. Remember to eat carrots only if you have been losing weight steadily. If you have reached a plateau you should not eat carrots.