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It’s day four. As I write this, my husband and older son are at the doctor’s office, my husband for what he thinks may be diverticulitis, and my 3 year old because he’s been throwing up all morning.
Yesterday, though, things were looking up. The sun was shining, my own flu symptoms were gone, and with a day so nice, I thought I’d cook twice! For lunch, I made black bean and roasted sweet potato tacos from Bubby and Bean. I do them a bit different than she does, but that recipe has been on the menu every week since she posted it. I’ll come back and elaborate on it later.
Then, I texted Marcus at work, asking if he’d mind watching the kids a little later, so I could take a bike ride! The day was so beautiful! He showed up at around 4:30, and I enjoyed some free time on the open road! With the fresh air still in my lungs, I walked back in the door announcing that this night I would toss up a fresh salad and Stephanie’s sweet potato cakes!
My husband grinned, “Mmmm!!! I can’t wait! But, I gotta be out the door by 6:00…” Oh no. I had totally forgotten that tonight was band practice for him. (He’s a music pastor, not a rock star. I figured you were wondering, but hey, he’s still a rock star to me!)
To put this in perspective, my husband has band practice every Thursday night. I usually try to make Thursdays a crock pot day, while he tends to pack a boxed supper or hit up Subway, not getting home from work until 8:30 or 9 at night. Disoriented by Wednesday’s sick day, I was totally off my game! I would never have asked him to watch the kids had I realized!!! And now I had to whip this meal up in 30 minutes–and I hadn’t even prepared my rice or sweet potatoes!
Stephanie’s Sweet Potato Cakes in 30 Minutes Flat!
Here’s the original recipe. First thing’s first, I didn’t bother to measure ANYTHING. I used to be a strict recipe follower, but isn’t it easier to just eyeball things and dump them in together? I stuck three sweet potatoes in the microwave just like Stephanie had instructed to do… the night before! But who cares! I was outta time!
While those things were in there (about 6 minutes) I started chopping the heck out of whatever I thought would be good. I skipped a few things she recommended, added a few more I needed to use up. As soon as the microwave beeped I cut the piping hot sweet potatoes open into fourths so they could cool while I heated a tablespoon of olive oil in a nonstick skillet and chopped up some greens for my salad. (By the way, do you have a salad spinner? So useful! Chop up your greens first, rinse them, then give them a satisfying spin-cycle! Get one. NOW!)
Next, it was time for mamma’s secret weapon:
This 79 cent pantry packet saved my meal! About half a packet was perfect (and I didn’t even bother to microwave it)! I just dumped all the ingredients in a bowl, mashed them together with a fork, and they were cool enough to handle into patties and sear on my skillet!
The final product?
One OH-MAZ-ING vegan meal!
And the leftovers today were fabulous! (Also a note, the lemon slices were for dressing our salad. I’d never heard of this, but apparently, people do it all the time. It’s a delicious way to add nutrition, cut down on oil, and aren’t lemons just so pretty?)