These smart patties are a full meal in themselves!

We love these cod, sweet potato and spinach patties! They are so sweet and nutritious, and constitute a meal in themselves. Very smart and convenient!

Try them as a “hamburger” substitute, or serve them with an additional veggie or mashed potatoes. They’re also a great lunch-box alternative that tastes equally good cold  and warm.

 

For 12 patties, you’ll need:

3 fillets of portion-packaged, wild-caught cod (we buy it frozen at Costco, see Food sources)
2 1/2 cups (6 dl) organic sweet potatoes, diced, steamed
3/4 cup (1.75 dl) frozen organic spinach (or about 1 cup fresh)
1 1/2 cup (3.5 dl)  gluten-free, organic bread crumbs (we use gluten-free organic cereal that we process)
2 organic eggs
1/2 – 1 clove organic garlic
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper or to taste

 

Directions:

Thaw cod and cut into inch-size pieces. Steam sweet potatoes until soft. Also steam spinach if you’re using fresh. Make sure you squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the spinach, or the patties might not stick together so well. Combine cod, sweet potatoes and spinach with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor. Process for a minute or so,  until everything has blended. Scoop up some mixture with a spoon, form patties and fry for about 10 minutes in a fry pan on low to medium-low heat. Flip patties and fry for another 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

 

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Here’s what our Holistic Nutritionist, Veronique Vanderlinden, has to say about the ingredients:

Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotenes which our bodies convert into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to maintain a healthy skin and healthy eyes. To guarantee the optimal conversion of beta carotenes it is recommended to pair the sweet potatoes with healthy fats (ex: fish). Sweet potatoes also contain anti-inflammatory agents that work in both our brain tissues and nerve tissues.

Spinach is a power house of nutrients; protein, fibre, magnesium, calcium, iron and antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect our bodies against the oxidative damage of everyday life. For optimal calcium uptake the spinach can be heated (ex: sautéed in water rather than oils that turn rancid in the heat).

Cod, the fresh water fish, is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. Healthy fats like these are essential for brain development, lowering inflammation, improving heart function, stabilizing your blood just to name a few. To preserve the most nutrients as possible, broil or bake the fish, frying it could result in damages and rancid fats.

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