Sweet potato cakes

It seems you can’t go wrong putting some sweet potato in your mouth.  Packed with nutrients, high in fiber, and delicious, the sweet potato is amazing.

As I’ve journeyed to getting healthier, I’ve started to turn to the sweet potato on a regular basis.  Making them delicious without drowning them in butter and keeping them ‘exciting’ to eat can be a challenge.

Here’s one suggestion: a sweet potato cake.  You can stray from the recipe and do some neat things with these! You don’t have to brown them in a pan, you can bake them. You don’t need the egg, but the binder of breadcrumbs and oatmeal gives them a nice texture. You don’t need the red pepper, I like spicy food! You can add some dipping sauce–I ate them as fast as they came out of the pan!

You’ll need:

  • 2 good size mashed sweet potatoes, cooked, no skin. I steamed mine in the microwave and then peeled them. They mashed once I started to mix.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. quick oats
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until just combined.  Some chunks are ok.  If you feel as though the texture is too runny–add another handful of oatmeal.
  2. Pre-heat a non stick skillet.  Coat with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  3. Use an ice cream scoop to measure out patties and brown.
  4. A rubber spatula is a good aide in flattening the patties once they are in the pan.
  5. Brown on each side 2-3 minutes, depending on your preference of brown-ness.
  6. Serve hot and fresh!

Patty melt

Thin burger, caramelized onions, grilled bread, yum…I love a good patty melt. Truth be told, I never ate many of them until I moved south.  I have no idea why.  Something was missing from my life and this might have been it.  I am seriously in love with this meal because of its’ simplicity, its’ cost, and versatility depending on the audience. This patty melt will leave you wanting seconds!

You’ll need:

Serves four

less than 30 minutes

  • 1 lb. ground beef of your choice (turkey works great too!)
  • 2 T. steak seasoning
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 c. mushrooms (canned or fresh)
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  1. Mix meat with steak seasoning and garlic powder in a bowl.  Form meat into four patties that are large and flat enough for the bread.
  2. Heat griddle (or pans) to medium high heat.
  3. Spray with cooking spray or use some vegetable oil to coat the bottom.
  4. Start onions on one side of griddle.  Add mushrooms.
  5. Start patties on the other side of the griddle.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. When patties are ready to flip, flip them onto the onions and mushrooms.  This will get the patties and mixture incorporated and they will blend together when they cook.
  7. Cook an additional 2 minutes and then top with cheese.
  8. While cheese is melting, toast bread on griddle or in toaster.
  9. When cheese is melted, lay out patties on bread.
  10. Serve hot and delicious!!!

Do you ever get sick of melted cheese?

**disclaimer: I had to shoot these photos towards dusk.  having a job/career tends to get in the way of my photographs in the natural light.

My favorite things: Relax Melodies

I love ambient noise and I came across this free app and was immediately hooked!!

Relax Melodies gives you lots of options for those who like sound machines, ambient noise, or zen music for yoga, just start the app, make your selection, and away you go! 

There are several screens of sounds to choose from and the  mix-n-match option is really nice.  You never get bored!

You can use this as your alarm if the sounds are your phone are too harsh or obnoxious or you don’t want to wake others with a fire siren going off.

It’s very friendly to customization.  If you can handle ONE ad at the bottom, the free version is for you!  If you want to spend a few bucks to upgrade–you’ll love it even more!

Healthy roast cabbage

You know when you buy a head of cabbage and you never use it all?  Oh, that’s never happened to you?  Well, you’re lucky!  I always buy heads of cabbage for things and use half of it, but always manage  to have a bunch left over.

I love cabbage, but my ‘go to’ recipe of always sauteing it down like stir fry gets a little old. I wanted to cook it up differently and take advantage of the fact that cabbage can taste really good with a lot of different things.

So, I roasted it!

You’ll need:

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  1. Cut cabbage into eight wedges and remove the core.
  2. Lay out on a cookie sheet or sheet pan.
  3. Drizzle olive oil and lemon over it.
  4. Top with salt/pepper.
  5. Roast at 425 degrees for 15 min.
  6. Flip and toss once.
  7. Roast for 15 more min. The cabbage will begin to break down/pull apart, that’s ok!
  8. When cabbage is soft to your liking, pull out of oven.
  9. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top and serve hot.

Healthier chocolate cupcakes!

Dear Hungry girl,

Thanks!  Great idea, totally delicious.  Had to share!

Cupcakes are the perfect size, the perfect bite, and with some fresh frosting…oh so delicious!

Two ingredients + 1 c. water.

Follow package cooking directions.  I made cupcakes for some delicious treats.

You’ll need:

  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 1 c. nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 c. water
  1. Whisk cake mix with yogurt and water in a bowl until mixed.  The texture will be fluffier and lighter than if you had made the mix with eggs and oil.
  2. Pour or spoon into vessel of choice and bake according to box directions.
  3. Texture is light, fluffy, and tastes so good!

I made cupcakes with my low fat cake and they were delish!!  Incidentally, my family is all meeting up this weekend and we’re celebrating Easter early 😀