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-Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sweet Potato Protein Patties

Hello again! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week and weekend. While I was visiting my family in Texas, I reworked my Game-Changer patties for my aunt (who's vegan) and they turned out wicked good, so I thought I would share the new version of the recipe as well. You don't have to be vegan to enjoy these (and if you're serving them to your non-vegan friends, you can just call them a vegetable side if you want), but if you are - you'll find that they have a full serving of protein and delicious, healthy cruciferous vegetables. These are great for a protein-rich side dish or a meal on the go. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Protein Patties
Makes 16 

1 lb sweet potatoes, cooked  
3/4 cup onions   
1/4 cup flax seed meal   
1/2 cup gelled chia seeds  
6 tsp olive oil
4 loose fist sized clumps of baby spinach, raw  
3 loose fist sized clumps baby kale, raw 
2 tsp salt 
1 tsp black pepper
2  sage leaves, crushed
1 sprig rosemary, crushed
1 tsp white pepper
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Clean your sweet potatoes and brush them with olive oil. Pierce the potatoes with a fork. Bake them for about 45 minutes. 
  • Pan brown onions and spinach and kale with ~6 tsp olive oil.  
  • To make your gelled chia seeds, take 1/3 cup chia seeds and place them into a sealed container with 2 cups water. Stir them, let them sit for ten minutes, and then stir again. (You can keep the gel that you don't use for this recipe in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. Mix it into salad dressings or juice for a little extra protein in whatever you like.)
  • Peel your baked sweet potatoes. (I munch on the peels because they are delicious!) Puree baked sweet potatoes in food processor. Puree cooked spinach and kale and onions. Place pureed vegetables into a large bowl. Puree browned onions, cooked spinach and kale in food processor. Move to bowl. 
  • Combine blended sweet potatoes, onions, chia seeds, flax seed meal, green onions, herba salle, egg whites, blended spinach, herbs, salt and pepper. 
  • Form and flatten portions of the “dough” into patties.
  • Lay the patties onto parchment paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray (or stoneware) and bake for 15-20 minutes, remove, flip them over, and bake again for another 20 minutes until they’re lightly brown and crisp on the outside.
  • Serve warm, at room temperature, or straight from the fridge.
Go on, have a peace! Enjoy!


  1. I love sweet potatoes and spinach and I'm intrigued but what are "gelled chia seeds"? Do you buy them that way or "gel" them yourself?

  2. I included the instructions on how to gel chia seeds in the above recipe. You buy the chia seeds in a little pouch, ungelled, but the gelling process is very simple and quick. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. :)

  3. Is this a vegetarian version of the similar recipe below (with turkey)? Both look really good considering that they're healthy.

    Hey, for the recipe request: how about a healthy Christmas cookie? (when you have time - I can see you are doing a lot of theater work right now).

  4. Hi, Cindy. Yes. This is a veganized version of the other recipe. I took out the meat and eggs for my aunt Carolyn, who is vegan, and she approved. I'm working on making a raw version, too, but haven't had enough experimentation time on that one yet. :) The tricky thing that I've noticed is that telling someone you made something healthy apparently turns them off the dish, so make these and don't say anything about how good they are for you. ;)

    Your request has been noted. The wheels in my brain are already spinning. :)