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These vibrant patties are a great way of getting extra protein from a meat-free meal. Sweet potato is jam-packed with nutrients and combined with chickpeas, sesame seeds and a whole load of goodness they score high on the taste charts too. Serve with a no-nasties dipping sauce for a healthy, yet scrumptious family meal.
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Sweet potato patties
- 500g orange sweet potato
- 400g can chickpeas
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
- 4 green onions, white part chopped finely
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus extra to serve
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes
- 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄3 cup (50g) white sesame seeds
- extra virgin olive oil cooking spray
No-nasties tomato sauce
- 1 medium onion (150g), chopped coarsely
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 400g can diced tomatoes
- 40g tomato paste
- 80g fresh dates pitted
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
STEP ONE: Make no-nasties tomato sauce. Place onion and garlic in mixing bowl; blend for 5 sec/speed 5 or until finely chopped. Add olive oil. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Cook for 5 min/120°C/ reverse/speed 1. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, dates and vinegar; blend for 10 sec/speed 10, increasing the speed gradually.
STEP TWO: After blending the no-nasties tomato sauce mixture, position the steaming dish over the mixing bowl. Chop sweet potato into 3cm pieces; place in the steaming dish. Pour over the can of chickpeas, letting the canning liquid fall through onto the tomato sauce. Scatter with caraway seeds. Cover and cook sauce and sweet potato mixture for 30 min/steam mode/speed 1.
STEP THREE: Remove steaming dish with sweet potato mixture and set aside. Transfer tomato sauce to a bowl. Add sweet potato mixture, arrowroot, green onion, dill, salt and pepper to mixing bowl; return measuring cup to lid. Blend for 10 sec/speed 5 or until coarsely chopped and mashed. Chill mixture for 20 minutes in the fridge.
STEP FOUR: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
STEP FIVE: Roll heaped tablespoons of sweet potato mixture into balls (mixture will be sticky), then toss in sesame seeds. Press and shape into 5cm patties; spray with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway through cooking and spraying once more with oil, or until golden and moved easily when pushed. Serve patties with tomato sauce for dipping, and accompany with rocket and extra dill sprigs, if you like.
Tomato sauce can be made up to 1 month ahead and refrigerated in a sterilised jar.
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