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Getty Images / Zucchini 'crab' cakes taste like real crab cakes but without the crab, according to allrecipes.com. 1,000 people who have made and rated the recipe rated the dish 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Prep: 20 minutes | Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: With all the talk concerning microplastics in marine environments and animals, why not swap out crab — which can also be high in cholesterol and sodium — for heart-healthy zucchini? We can hear you answering, "Because crab is delicious," but what if we told you these faux crab cakes are, too?

The case for swapping out seafood

A 2018 report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that approximately 8 million metric tons of plastics enter the oceans annually and conservative estimates suggest 5.25 trillion plastic particles circulate in ocean surface waters.

 

"These really taste like crab cakes but without the crab," the recipe's author, Connie, writes on allrecipes.com. The 1,000 people who have made and rated the recipe agree, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Still not convinced? Beyond the physical presence of microplastics on your plate are the health concerns of all the toxins those plastics then leave inside your body which, even at low doses, can lead to cancer, reproductive and immune system disorders and neurological damage, according to the World Health Organization.

Who wouldn't want to trade all that for essential nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium and manganese?

 

What you need:

2 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 egg, beaten

Eat this, not that

Zucchini packs a nutritional punch while managing to have nearly no calories, fat or sugar. Delivering double digits of your recommended intake of manganese, Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, 1 cup of cooked zucchini really delivers when it comes to Vitamin A — a whopping 40% of the recommended daily intake. This key vitamin, the host of highly sought-after retinol, plays a big part in vision, cell growth and the proper functioning of the heart, lungs, kidneys and immune system.

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup minced onion

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying

 

What you do:

1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, egg and butter or margarine. Stir in seasoned crumbs, onion and seasoning. Mix well.

2. Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.

3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until golden brown on both sides.

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