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Spunky Spud Cakes! GF, V, BED!

Posted Dec 05 2012 5:39pm

Ever have one of those days where you just don’t make it to the grocery store? You have every intention, but your day got the best of you – whether it’s because Christmas shopping took longer than expected, or because you had a last minute audition, sometimes, you need to get creative with what’s left in the fridge.

super crunchy outside!

super crunchy outside!

Yep, there I was with a nearly-empty fridge …. hmmmm …. a few sprigs of basil, a bit of broccoli, frozen peas, and red skinned potatoes.

so flavorful!

so flavorful!

It sounds like a night for Potato Pancakes with Broccoli and Pea Pesto!

what a meal!

what a meal!

Potato pancakes that are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and topped with a creamy and luxurious sauce! And they’re gluten-free and Body Ecology Diet friendly with a Vegan Option!

chewy shiitake mushrooms!

chewy shiitake mushrooms!

But wait — How are Red Skinned Potatoes on the Body Ecology Diet? That’s a ZERO sugar diet; and starchy veggies — ie: potatoes — are strictly prohibited! Welllll, it just so happens that Red Skinned Potatoes are the ONLY potato allowed on the BED because they have less sugar than their white and orange potato cousins, and therefore, don’t feed the yeast! (pg 52) Yippee!

yummmmm!

yummmmm!

Here’s what you need: (Serves 4)

6 organic red skinned potatoes,
grated
1/4 onion,
minced
3 egg whites (Vegan option: 2 flax/chia eggs)
1/4 cup almond flour
salt
and pepper

Sauce 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup broccoli florets, steamed
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/3 – 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 cup basil
salt
1 tsp EVOO

5 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
green onions, sliced

Toast your pine nuts and steam your broccoli for about 5 minutes until bright green and tender. Rinse under cold water & drain. Add it to your food processor along with the other sauce ingredients. Puree until fabulously thick and creamy, scraping down the sides twice. Meanwhile, quickly saute your mushrooms until tender. Set aside.

Grate your potatoes on a box grater. Then, put them in a clean kitchen towel and wring out all the excess water. Put your potato, onions, eggs, almond flour, salt and pepper into a medium bowl and mix until well combined.

Heat a big frying pan and add 1 tsp EVOO. Place 1/3 cup scoops of the potato mixture in the pan and cook for 4 minutes per side, until golden brown.

mmm mmm mmm!

mmm mmm mmm!

To assemble, dollop each potato pancake with about 2 Tbsp of the puree, and garnish with some mushroom slices and green onions.

gluten-free, and Body Ecology Diet friendly!

gluten-free, and Body Ecology Diet friendly!

This meal was outrageous! The potato pancakes were crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside — just perfect! And the thick and creamy sauce complimented that *crunch* brilliantly! It was fresh and bright from the basil and lemon, and luxuriously rich from the pine nuts!

luxurious broccoli and green pea sauce!

luxurious broccoli and green pea sauce!

And what made it even more special, is that one of our dear family friends swung by our house when we were having dinner, and there was extra, so she had some with us!

Spunky Spud Pancakes!

Spunky Spud Pancakes!

That’s the best part about cooking — you get to share it with family and friends:)

How’s your holiday shopping coming along?

Until next time

luxurious broccoli and green pea sauce!

luxurious broccoli and green pea sauce!


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