It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Sweet Potato Spears with Lemongrass Dip

I’m still busy with family and holiday business, hope you enjoy this recipe from the view from great island!

Do you know your trigger foods?  I learned about them from my friend Roberta who does Weight Watchers. Trigger foods are the ones you just can’t stop eating.  They trigger your binge reflex, or something.  Usually they are foods that contain some combination of refined sugar, fats and salt, and theoretically if you can identify your problem foods, you can eat healthier by keeping them out of your life, and your cupboards, as much as possible.  They can be a specific food, like Fritos, or a larger class of food, like ice cream. Ive known for a long time now […]

Recipe Can Be Found Here: It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Sweet Potato Spears with Lemongrass Dip

Potatoes & A Recipe

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In the U.S. there are more than 100 varieties of potatoes. Each of them fit into one of seven potato type categories: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite. If you want to learn more about potato varieties, follow the link below!

The Potato Association Of America

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Vegetable Quinoa Croquettes

Makes 16 croquettes

Ingredients:
1 cup dry quinoa
8 oz. sweet potato, peeled, diced, steamed, mashed
8 oz. white potato, peeled, diced, steamed, mashed
1 cup red onion, finely diced
½ cup red pepper, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. olive oil plus 1 tbsp. to brown the croquettes
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
14 oz. white beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp. ground cumin
Juice of one lime
1 tsp. sea salt

Directions:
1. Cook quinoa in 2 cups water, yielding 3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, mashed sweet potato, and mashed white potato.
3. Sauté the onion, red pepper, and crushed garlic in 2 tbsp. olive oil for 2 – 3 minutes until translucent. Allow to cool, then add to the mixing bowl.
4. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl. Stir or combine by hand.
5. Heat olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Form mixture into croquettes and gently turn into the pan.
6. Heat through while browning gently on both sides. Remove from heat and slide directly onto a dining plate. Repeat until you have enough for you and your dinner crowd.
7. These patties are tender and fragile, so handle them as little as possible by turning them onto a dinner plate directly from the sauté pan if possible for the nicest presentation.