Sweet Potato Cakes

After the excesses of Christmas I was looking for a nutritious light meal to make and turned to Deliciously Ella, a blog with endless delicious and nutritious recipes. Ella Woodward (writer of Deliciously Ella) has her first cookbook coming out this month, I’ve pre-ordered it and I am eagerly anticipating its arrival! Sweet potatoes are very popular in our household, whilst I still have a soft spot for normal potatoes, J loves sweet potato and I can’t deny how fantastically good they are for you. I first spotted this recipe on the Deliciously Ella app and couldn’t wait to try it. One sweet potato cake with a salad makes a great light meal and two with salad or vegetables would be a great and filling meal. We ate these with a baby leaf salad and a tahini dressing (tahini, lemon juice and a drop of water).

Sweet potato cakes

It was a huge hit and we saved the other two for the next day’s dinner, as we knew we were going out for a big lunch with family. I’ll definitely be making these again soon, it is nice to have a few more lunch options.

Ingredients: (Makes 4 cakes/patties)

  • 4 sweet potatoes (smallish ones)
  • 1 big tsp of tahini
  • 2 tbsp of tomato purée (sugar free)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of chili flakes
  • 2 gloves of garlic, minced/finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp of quinoa or buckwheat flour, to sprinkle on top (not essential)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potato and then steam the chunks for 10 – 15 minutes until soft.
  3. Mash the chunks in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in the tahini, purée, lime juice, coriander, cumin, chili flakes, garlic and then season to taste.
  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  6. Scoop a quarter of the mixture out at a time onto the lined baking tray and shape each into a pattie with your hands.
  7. Sprinkle the patties with flour (this helps them crisp up but isn’t essential).
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve with sides of your choice and enjoy!
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