Frugal Simple Living Recipe – Spicy Veggie Fritters

What do you do with those tired old veggies languishing at the bottom of the fridge? The ones that are really a bit past their prime. If you’re a bit of a frugal simple living freak like me, I bet you’re always looking for economical new ways to use them up.

I HATE throwing food away, even if it’s getting a bit ‘long in the tooth’ as my grandad used to say, but it’s so dull to use the same recipes all the time.

When I cleaned my fridge out today before going grocery shopping, I found a few sad little veggies lurking in the depths. There was one very rubbery carrot, a seriously out of date head of broccoli (I trimmed off the top as it was a bit past it) and a rather tired courgette. Not very promising and certainly not something a MasterChef contestant would be delighted to see, but I wasn’t about to be defeated.

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Remembering a post about broccoli parmesan fritters over at Smitten Kitchen I decided to have a play with the recipe, change it up a bit and make it my own.  Do check out the original post as the recipe is simply delicious!

Spicy Veggie Fritters – Frugal Simple Living Style


For the veggie fritters

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 tbsp gluten-free flour
  • 3 tsp curry powder
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • seasoning

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp soya yoghurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • chives


    • Coarsely grate the broccoli, carrot and courgette into a bowl
    • Add the chopped onion, curry powder and stir

    veggie fritters

    • Mix in the flour and beaten egg and stir well until all of the ingredients are well combined
    • Pour the oil into a heavy based frying and heat on full power
    • Using 2 large spoons, divide the mixture into 6 and form into fritters
    • Gently transfer the fritters to the pan and fry until golden brown on both sides, turning regularly

    veggie fritters 

    • For the dressing, combine the yoghurt, smoked paprika and lemon juice
    • Finely chop chives to taste into the dressing

Serve the fritters on a bed of fresh leaves, adding the dressing on the side.


frugal simple living - veggies fritters recipe

What are your favourite frugal simple living recipes? I’d love to read all about them in the comments below.

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