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Sweet Potato and Garlicky Kale Cakes

I’m not much or a planner as far as weeknight meals are concerned. Mostly, we just clean out the fridge and throw together random stuff. All in all, our cobbled together meals turn out pretty good and every once in a while, we strike gold. These sweet potato patties turned out really well and I am happy to say, they will be part of a planned meal in the future. Super easy and healthy, not to mention quick to prepare, these guys are ideal for a nutritious weekday meal when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

Sweet Potato Cakes:

yield: approximately 10 patties

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced in 4 medallions

1 bunch kale

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 T olive oil plus more for sauteing the patties

1 cup cooked barley

salt and pepper

1 cup all purpose flour

Place sweet potatoes in cold water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, simmer and cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork or knife. Drain and mash, set aside.

Cook barley according to package directions, set aside to cool.

Slice the kale into 1/2″ strips and saute with garlic and olive oil until kale is wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the kale and barley to the sweet potato mash and add salt if necessary. Form into patties and coat lightly in flour. Saute immediately in olive oil until slightly golden brown in color and remove to a parchment lined plate.

Serve as a side dish or main course. We enjoyed ours with refried beans and spicy salsa. Delicious.

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