Thursday, February 20, 2014

Easy And Nutritious

I got the recipe for these 'Quinoa Sweet Potato Cakes'
from a friend who posted it on Facebook.
They looked easy to do and I gave them a try yesterday for lunch.

To start place four medium-sized sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet
and place in a 350 F oven. When baking potatoes I usually
pierce them a few times with a fork to let out any steam
and maybe just preventing them from exploding in the oven.
It took 20+ minutes to bake.

Next place a cup of quinoa in a sauce pan and add two cups of water.
 Bring to a boil and then cover.....turn the burner off and let
stand till potatoes are baked.

While waiting for the potatoes saute 2 small shallots
 or 1 medium onion (I used onion as I didn't have have any shallots).
I used a small amount of water instead of an oil.

And since I didn't have any fresh herbs growing outside, I used
a small bunch of fresh baby kale.....cutting it up finely
and adding to the sauteed onions.

I also added my spices to this mixture:
Salt and pepper, coriander, a dash of cayenne pepper, and
basil. ( I figure you can use whatever spices you like....I did!)

By now the potatoes and the quinoa ought to be done....
in a large bowl mix them together along with
the onion/kale/spices mixture.

Oh yes, don't forget to peel the potatoes!

Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Now make patties by forming them in your hands.....
there is no limit as to how big to make them.......
I made 14 medium ones.

Place each patty on the parchment-covered cookie sheet,
brush the tops with a good olive oil,
and place in a 350 F oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

There was an avocado creamy sauce in the original recipe
but I/we prefer them plain.
I garnished the baked 'cakes' with a carrot/baby kale salad.

A chutney would also be good with these.

They were delicious!

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