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Veggie cakes with green vegetables

Veggie cakes are one of my favorite ways to use up vegetables that I have in the refrigerator. Grated zucchini, broccoli and spinach form the base of these green vegetables veggie patties with a handful of peas tossed in for sweetness. A bit of chopped parsley and mint give these vegetable cakes even more flavor!

green vegetable cakes stacked on paper with herbs


Learn how easy it is to make veggie cakes yourself instead of buying them. You can customize your veggie cakes to suit your tastes or simply to use up what you already have. Once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless.

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Ways to eat more green vegetables

I am always looking for different ways to get green veggies into my diet. Let’s face it, eating a baked potato or corn on the cob slathered with butter is no hardship, but getting certain people to eat green vegetables can be a challenge.

vegetable cakes on white platter with parsley
these green vegetable cakes make a tasty side dish or a light vegetarian dinner

If you have picky eaters (big or small) at your house, this is a tasty way to get them to eat their greens.

The original veggie cakes post has instructions and photos to show you the recipe step by step. If you are new to cooking, or new to vegetable cakes, pop over to that post and check it out.

stacked green veggie patties

These fluffy vegetable cakes are also great for breakfast with a sunny side up egg perched on top of them. I would even tuck them into a small roll for a veggie sandwich on the go. There are so many ways you could eat them.

stacked vegetable cakes on platter

I was a bit ambitious with my vegetable purchases a few weeks ago. I thought we could eat it, I really did. But then, I quickly realized after a few days that it just wasn’t happening.

I am not one to waste food and I also know that if I cook down certain vegetables (hello, spinach, I’m looking at you) their volume is decreased to almost nothing.

And that’s how we arrived here. I had a few zucchini that hadn’t been eaten, some spinach and a bunch of broccoli. That would be the base of these green vegetables veggie cakes.

Prep your veggies

The first thing we need to do is take care of the watery vegetables, specifically zucchini and spinach. Those two veggies release a TON of liquid and that will make our vegetable cake recipe a wet, watery mess if we don’t squeeze out the water.

The easiest way to handle this is to use your food processor to grate the zucchini. Then set the zucchini in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl to catch the liquid.

Place a small plate with a heavy can (like a 28 oz can of tomatoes) on top of the plate to weigh it down. This helps to press the liquid out.

After it has drained for at least thirty minutes, you can wrap the zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and SQUEEZE. You’ll be shocked at how much liquid comes out of zucchini.

This is one of the most important steps and cannot be skipped. Trust me, you will end up with a mess otherwise.

draining zucchini

The spinach also needs to be squeezed out. So, whether you are buying frozen chopped spinach or cooking your own, save that towel, because you’ll need to squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the spinach as well.

grated broccoli in food processor

The last bit of prep is chopping up the broccoli. The food processor takes care of this in just a few minutes. Now we are ready to chop up a few herbs and make our tasty vegetable mixture for this recipe.

Chopping herbs

stack mint leaves on top of each other, roll up and slice!

The easiest way to make fine ribbons (or chiffonade) of mint is to stack up the leaves, then roll them up tightly like a cigar. Using a sharp knife, cut into thin slices and you’ll have pretty ribbons when you’re done.

Meal prep vegetable cakes

close up of green vegetables cakes on white platter
tasty vegetable cakes are perfect for meal prepping!

Do you plan out your meals for the week? These are perfect for meal prepping. Pop a couple into your lunches for the week and you’re all set. They also freeze really well, so you can divide them up and freeze half of your batch for later.

This recipe does make a big batch. You can halve the recipe to make 15 instead of 30.

Can I bake these green vegetables veggie patties?

green vegetables veggie cake on fork

Yes! You can absolutely bake them. You have a couple of options – you could spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray and bake them in a muffin tin to keep a nice shape to them, or you can flatten a scoop of the vegetable mixture into a disk and bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 400°F for about 25 minutes.

Bake them under the broiler for a few minutes to brown and crisp the tops.

Looking for more? You can find more recipes in my veggie cake e-book!

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Make it a meal:

Yield: 30

Green Vegetable Cakes

stacked green veggie patties

Vegetable cakes made from green vegetables: zucchini, spinach and broccoli.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. broccoli, shredded (about 5 cups after shredding)
  • 3 large zucchini, grated and drained (about 2 cups)
  • 1 lb. spinach, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup mint, cut into ribbons or finely chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 cup scallions, sliced (green onions)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, I used panko
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • oil for pan

Instructions

Prepare zucchini and spinach

1. Grate zucchini, sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and set in a fine mesh strainer. Place a bowl or plate on top of the zucchini and weigh it down.

2. Let it sit for AT LEAST 30 minutes, up to 1 hour. After it has drained, wrap it in a clean kitchen towel or a piece of cheesecloth and SQUEEZE! Even more water will come out, we want it as dry as possible!

3. Set the drained zucchini aside.

4. Wrap spinach in towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. You could also put the chopped spinach in the fine mesh strainer and press, if that is easier.

Make the vegetable cakes

1. In a large bowl, mix flour, breadcrumb and cheese together. Add the vegetables and herbs and toss to combine. Make sure to break up the zucchini and spinach if it is in clumps.

2. Crack eggs into a small bowl, give a little whisk and pour over veggie mixture. THOROUGHLY mix to combine.

3. Heat a sauté pan (skillet) over medium-high heat, add a drizzle of oil (a tablespoon or so) and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.

4. Using a scoop (or a large spoon), drop mixture into the hot pan and flatten out with your fingers to form a patty.

5. Cook for 5 - 6 minutes on each side, turning down the heat if they begin to brown too quickly.

6. Remove from pan to a cooling rack set inside of a sheet pan, or a paper towel lined baking sheet.

7. Repeat until mixture is gone!

Notes

If you would prefer to bake these vegetable cakes, bake at 400°F for 25 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

To make them vegan: Omit cheese or replace with vegan cheese. Replace eggs with flax/chia eggs by mixing 2 tbsp. flax or chia seeds with 6 tbsp. water. Do not try to replace all 4 eggs, the consistency will not be the same.

To freeze: place squares of parchment paper between the cakes and wrap tightly in plastic wrap or slide into a freezer zippy bag.

A cast iron skillet works the BEST, but any skillet will do!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information was calculated by a third party company and is intended as a guideline only.

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14 Comments

  1. I made these for my wife’s birthday and she’s been raving about them. This is a keeper.
    I put four patties in the oven to see how they’d be baked. Haven’t tried those yet, but these fried ones are killer!
    PS: subbed cilantro for the parsley, and upped the eggs by one. Otherwise, basically as you have it. Great recipe.

    1. George, you have single-handedly MADE MY DAY. Thank you so much for that lovely comment! I’m thrilled that your wife loves them 🙂

  2. I am WPB eater, and no oils fats, dairy etc. could you provide a few changes to the recipes. using flax egg etc the recipes looks great.

    1. Christina, this is in the recipe notes section.
      If you would prefer to bake these vegetable cakes, bake at 400°F for 25 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
      To make them vegan: Omit cheese or replace with vegan cheese. Replace eggs with flax/chia eggs by mixing 2 tbsp. flax or chia seeds with 6 tbsp. water. Do not try to replace all 4 eggs, the consistency will not be the same.

  3. Hi there,
    These look great, and I love that they freeze well. If freezing, do you cook them first, or freeze them as uncooked patties? Thanks – looking forward to them!

    1. Hi Jocelyn, I usually freeze them after cooking, for convenience. But, you can also freeze them before cooking. It works, either way 🙂

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