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Sweet potato & black bean patties

James has been working all weekend so I’ve been on my own which is fun but can be stressful and lonely sometimes.  When I have a long day with both kids and no help I tend to make it easy for myself and cook fast and simple food. I craved Mexican influenced food yesterday so I made these patties, which are good eaten as a burger or with rice and guacamole like we did. They are fairly easy and fast to make.

3 cooked medium sweet potatoes
1 cup cooked or canned black beans
3 tbsp. whole wheat spelt flour
½ green jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and minced
½ tsp. chili pepper
1 tbsp. cilantro, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
½ cup breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to F400
Mash the potato and black beans with a potato masher until smooth. Combine with spelt flour jalapeno peppers, chili pepper, cilantro, salt and pepper and blend well.  Set in fridge for 30 minutes. With wet hands, shape batter into patties and dip them into the breadcrumbs to get a coating. Place on a parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. Brush each patty with the olive oil. Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes, flipping them once.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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