Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Donna Hay's zucchini and carrot fritters make vegetables fun for kids and adults! If you're looking for more vegetarian recipes, try Donna Hay's cauliflower mac and cheese, or her ricotta and zucchini cannelloni


  • 2 cups (320g) grated zucchini (about 2 zucchinis)

  • 1½ cups (210g) grated carrot (about 2 carrots)

  • 150g feta, crumbled (gives good flavour)

  • 1/3 cup (25g) finely grated parmesan

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup (70g) wholemeal spelt flour

  • sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Cucumber hummus (optional)

  • ¼ cup (65g) store-bought hummus

  • ½ cup (140g) natural Greek-style (thick) yoghurt

  • ¼ cup (45g) grated cucumber

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste


  • 1.

    Using absorbent kitchen paper or a clean tea towel, squeeze any liquid from the zucchini (to help the fritters hold together).

  • 2.

    Place the zucchini, carrot, feta, parmesan and honey in a big bowl. Crack the eggs on top and mix well to combine, using a spatula. With a sifter or sieve, sift the flour, salt and pepper into the bowl and mix until everything is really well combined.

  • 3.

    Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. In batches of 3 or 4, spoon ¼-cup (60ml) of the mixture into the pan and flatten with a turner or spatula (you can make any size you like, but smallish ones are easier to flip). Cook fritters for 3–4 minutes each side or until they’re golden brown and cooked through, using a turner to flip them. Add more oil to the pan as you need it.

  • 4.

    Stack and serve the fritters warm from the pan, topped, if you like, with some natural yoghurt or the cucumber hummus.

  • Cucumber hummus:

  • 1.

    Place hummus, Greek yoghurt, cucumber and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add a little sea salt and cracked pepper to season, and mix well with a spoon. Enjoy with your fritters!

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 189kj
  • Fat Total 9g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrate 18g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Sodium 306mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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