It’s the first weekend of the new year and I’m psyched to carry out a year of eating healthier!
You know the kind of feeling that you’re going to be riding a year of good health? That’s the kind of vibe I’m getting. Of course, good health definitely doesn’t come for free; it will involve a regular exercise routine and a diet that’s not based mainly on processed foods.
So as I said in my New Year Resolution in the last post, I will try to eat more real foods – foods that are as close to their natural state as possible – and less processed foods (i.e. foods that come in boxes and packages with too many weird ingredients that are impossible to pronounce!)
I told you about one of my favorite cookbooks, Paleo Everyday, during my last post.
I also promised to share one of the book’s recipes. (If you’re interested in the other recipe that I’ve tried from Paleo Everyday, these are amazing beef and onion stuffed bell peppers that you will definitely fall in love with).
Today, we’re talking about sweet potato and chicken patties.
If you’ve raised an eyebrow somewhere during that last sentence, don’t worry. I’d raised mine when I first heard of them. But essentially, they’re similar to eating beef patties, but made of finely chopped chicken, diced sweet potatoes and finely sliced spring onions, all mixed together with a few delicious tasting spices that bring the dish up several notches.
Pair the sweet potato chicken patties with some baked sweet potato fries, and you’re ready for a protein and power-packed meal that’s full of nutrients with none of the unhealthy stuff.
Trust me, once you’ve started making your own meat patties at home, it’s hard to go back to McDonald’s or other fast food joints – and you probably wouldn’t want to either, considering the amount of preservatives and fat that they use in the patties. Making patties from scratch will ensure that you know exactly what ingredients go in – none of that harmful MSG, only ingredients you’ll allow yourself to eat.
I really want to tell you about Heather’s book, as well as these chicken patties, simply because of the following reasons.
Paleo Everyday was among the first books to change my mindset about how reducing processed and refined foods from my diet could be life-changing.
I’d initially thought that not eating refined and processed foods would be devastating, and that food wouldn’t taste delicious anymore.
But in Heather’s full color cookbook, once that showcases mouthwatering pictures of delicious foods and easy, affordable recipes, alongside which she gives you tips to change the recipe up anyway you like, she shows you how eliminating processed foods can still result in a delicious meal that won’t leave you hungry for wheat.
Here you have it – in the form of these sweet potato chicken patties. And you’ve also seen that it’s true with the beef and onion stuffed bell peppers I told you about just now.
I love the Paleo Everyday cookbook so much that I really hope you’ll think about getting it.
Meanwhile, enjoy these amazing chicken patties, that I’m so in love with!
SWEET POTATO CHICKEN PATTIES (Makes 8)
Adapted from Paleo Everyday
1) 2 spring onions, finely chopped
2) 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into tiny cubes
3) 500g of chicken breasts, ground or chopped into very small pieces
4) 1/2 teaspoon of salt
5) 1 garlic clove, minced
6) 1 teaspoon of mustard
7) 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
8) 1 teaspoon of meat seasoning
9) 1 egg
10) 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour (0r almond flour, coconut flour etc)
11) 4 medium sweet potatoes (optional as a side)
12) 4 – 6 lettuce leaves (for garnish)
1) Finely chop the spring onions, peel sweet potatoes and cut into tiny cubes, mince garlic
2) Grind chicken breasts in a food processor or use a knife to chop into very small pieces
3) In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped spring onions, cubed sweet potatoes, ground chicken, minced garlic, salt, mustard, dried thyme, meat seasoning, egg and flour, and mix well until ingredients are evenly distributed
4) Let mixture chill for at least 30 minutes
5) Meanwhile, peel and cut sweet potatoes into thin slices, mix with some oil, salt and pepper, and roast in oven at 180 deg cel until crispy
6) After chicken mixture has chilled, use an ice cream spoon to scoop out even portions and fry with a little oil in a non-stick pan, then flatten down into the shape of patties
7) Cook patties until golden brown, about 5 – 6 minutes, then flip to the other side until golden and cooked through
8) Serve on lettuce leaves with a side of roasted sweet potato fries
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P.P.S. If you’re wondering why I’m trying to eliminate wheat from my life, I strongly recommend Wheat Belly – a book that will empower you and make you determined to get rid of wheat and it’s terrible health effects!