Lunch Today: Sweet Potato Cakes

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Sweet Potato PancakesThese delicious easy to make patties are chock full of vitamin C, beta carotene and fiber, perfect for when you feel like something hearty and nourishing. They can be served as a main course or shape the patties into small bites and serve as an appetizer, with your favorite salsa. They are also great frozen. Just make a double batch, shape into patties, and freeze. Delicious for an after-work supper when you have little time!

  • 1 large yam, peeled and diced (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove, smashed and minced
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs (gluten free if you prefer)
  • 2 Tbsp ground golden flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp minced Italian parsley
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 350° F. On parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out diced yam and bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove to a large bowl and set aside to cool. Keep oven temperature at 350° F.

In large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil. Sauté onion over medium heat until soft and then add to baked yam in bowl along with salt, pepper, garlic, and bread crumbs. Mash mixture together using a large fork.

Place flaxseed in a small bowl and stir in 1 Tbsp water until flaxseed is absorbed. Then stir in nutritional yeast, Italian parsley, and cilantro until blended. Add this to yam mixture, working in with your hands until evenly distributed. Shape mixture into 4 evenly sized patties. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with remaining 1 Tbsp oil and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until patties are crisp on the outside.

Serve with your favorite salsa, tzatziki. or any dipping sauce. You can even serve them on your favorite  whole grain bread or bun for a heartier meal! Enjoy!

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