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Meatless Monday: Healthy chickpea-zucchini patties spiked with citrus

When I’m craving something light (and meatless), I go for healthy baked chickpea patties.

These chickpea and zucchini patties mixed with organic citrus zest are ultra healthy. They do come out a bit drier than grilled or sautéed meat patties, so you cannot compare the two, but if you want to choose a healthier option, then these are the perfect bites.

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To top the patties off, serve them with Greek yogurt mixed with lemon zest and fresh mint or other fresh mild herbs that you prefer.

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Citrus chickpea and zucchini patties with herb yogurt dip recipe

Yields 8

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 35 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups precooked chickpeas
  • 1-1/2 cups or 2 medium zucchini, sliced in a mandoline slicer
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons organic lemon zest, divided (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon organic clementine or orange zest (plus more for garnish)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint (or chives, thyme, parsley)


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, zucchini, flour, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, the clementine zest, salt and pepper. Pulse until it becomes a paste.
  3. Line a baking pan with baking paper, spoon the mixture onto the pan, and make some patties. Leave ample space between the patties. Drizzle the patties with extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. While waiting for the patties to bake, prepare the dip by combining the yogurt, the remaining 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, mint, salt and pepper.
  6. When the patties are cooked, drizzle with a fresh coating of extra-virgin olive oil, and serve with the yogurt dip. Garnish with the remaining clementine zest. Enjoy while warm.
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