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Sweet potato and quinoa cakes

When I was out walking the other day I walked passed a new restaurant. I did a quick glans at their menu and my caught a dish with sweet potato and quinoa cakes. It sounded so wonderful that I made me go home and start thinking about a recipe for it. Today I finally made then and although not a hit with either kids who might just have been too over tired to appreciate them James my husband absolutely fell in love with them. They taste great as is or on the side of black bean salad and mixed green salad.

50g quinoa, rinsed
250ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 cup kale, stems removed and chopped
¼ cup yellow onion, minced
1 garlic clove, grated
½ tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
Salt & pepper to taste
Combine the rinsed quinoa and vegetable stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes, until all liquid is gone. Heat oil in a skillet and cook onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Reduce to medium/low heat and add sweet potato and kale. Cook until potatoes are soft. Add a couple of splashes of water when it gets dry. Fluff quinoa with a fork and combine quinoa with sweet potato and stir in coriander, cumin, salt and pepper.  Place in fridge for 20 minutes to get “stiff”. Preheat oven to F400. Shape dough into cakes and place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cakes are golden and crispy on top. 

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