Monday, August 18, 2014

Sweet Potato + Zucchini Patties.

Sweet Potato + Zucchini Patties. Whole30 & Paleo approved.

It feels so good to be home, back in our own little space. When we walked into our loft on Saturday evening after almost four weeks away and two full days of driving, I realized how long we'd been gone and how much I missed it here. This city. Our mountains. My bed.

And, ok. I missed the cats, too.

I tried really hard to eat a paleo diet while we were on vacation but my MIL's baked goods and Canadian beer and three days of eating out while in Vancouver definitely made it difficult. So now that we're home and now that we are back to cooking all of our meals, I'm aiming to get back to eating in a way that makes me feel wonderful.

One of the complaints/concerns I hear a lot when I tell people I eat this way is the amount of meat that goes into a paleo diet. And yep. It's a lot of (hopefully) high-quality protein incorporated into most meals. But, after two days of road food and a we-have-no-food-here-let's-order-a-pizza when we got home on Saturday night, I felt the need to lighten up my meals. So we made potato pancakes with healthy sweet potatoes and locally grown zucchini for dinner last night. Here's the recipe:

Sweet Potato + Zucchini Patties (makes 3 to 4 large patties):

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 large zucchini, washed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs of fat of your choice
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  1. Using a large holed cheese grater, grate the sweet potatoes and zucchini (watch your fingers!) and put the mixture into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and incorporate into the vegetable mix. Add a pinch or two of salt and a few grinds of pepper.
  2. With clean hands, form a tennis ball-sized amount and then flatten into a patty. Continue until you have no mixture left. In a cast iron or non-stick skillet, melt the fat of your choice (we used EVOO but ghee or coconut oil would also be delicious). On medium-high heat, cook the patty for 6-8 minutes per side, or until a crust has formed. Flip and do it again.
  3. Let cool and enjoy. We had ours with a green salad with fresh tomatoes. A (big!) dollop of homemade mayo and a bit of mustard make it the perfect meatless meal.

These were great as leftovers with my eggs this morning, too! To re-heat, just plop them into an oiled hot frying pan and warm through for a few minutes on each side. Try them! You won't be dissappointed.

How was your weekend?

Weekend Workouts: Saturday & Sunday - Nada! With a drive day and loads of laundry to do, I did nothing. But I'm back at it hard this week.

The perfect post-workout breakfast. We did dead lifts this AM and I was famished when I got home!


  1. Wow! I'm making these tomorrow! I love your recipes.

  2. The patties look so good and so easy! None of that pre-soaking that white potato patties have. I am going to have to make these. Thanks for the recipe. Hope you've settled back into your place now, it's always so nice to return home after a long holiday x

  3. So happy that you are home and already eating healthy. The meals look yummy. xoxo

  4. Those sweet potato zucchini patties look so good. I don't eat meat, and I have a few friends on some version of Paleo, no soy or beans which basically cuts out everything I eat. One of them also doesn't eat eggs, so we can't find anything to share besides salad!

    You have tremendous discipline. It's impressive.


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