Recipe: healthy corn fritters with bacon and avocado salsa

corn fritters, paleo, IQS

This simple, but delicious brunch, lunch or even dinner dish packs a nutritional punch and is part of the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program meal plan reviewed by nutritionist and dietician Marieke Rodenstein. It can even be easily converted to paleo if you prefer. Bon appetite!

Corn Fritters with Bacon and Avocado Salsa

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corn fritters, paleo, IQS

Prep 20 minutes + Cooking 10 minutes (Serves 2)

For the fritters, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup plain flour (use gluten-free flour if you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup full-fat milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 corn cob, husks removed, kernels sliced
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 rashers of bacon, cut into strips lengthways

TIP: For a paleo option, use arrowroot or tapioca flour instead of plain flour

For the avocado salsa, you’ll need:

  • 1 small avocado, cubed
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

What to do:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk milk, juice and egg. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Whisking continuously, pour egg mixture into the well until the batter is smooth. Fold through corn, chilli and parsley. Season with cracked black pepper. Rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile to cook bacon, preheat grill to high. Line an oven tray with foil. Place bacon on lined tray and grill for five minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towel.
  3. To make the avocado salsa combine all ingredients and set aside.
  4. Melt half the butter and oil in a medium frying pan. Add ¼ cupfuls of mixture to pan (one for each fritter). Cook for 4 minutes each side or until golden crisp. Repeat with remaining butter, oil and batter.
  5. Divide fritters, bacon and avocado salsa between a plate and a container for breakfast tomorrow.

TIP: For a dairy-free option, cook fritters in coconut oil instead of butter.

The next I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program starts June 4, 2015 (registrations close June 2) and is designed to set you up with the skills and knowledge you need to live sugar-free, but still keep your midweek cooking time to a minimum.