A simple spinach potato cake made with 8 easy ingredients. It’s so delicious you wouldn’t know it’s slammed with spinach. A healthy side to pair with any entree.
I’ve realized something recently about my writing recently. I can only write with music playing in the background. Music fuels my workouts and my writing. I have no idea how to workout without music. It helps me concentrate and relaxes me. Otherwise I have a really hard time focusing. My mind’s always racing making it be hard to nail down my thoughts. I was the same way in school too. My best studying always happened with music.
Back then I had one of those portable CD or tape players. Do those exist anymore? I don’t even know where my CD’s are. In high school, I was jamming to The Cranberries, Bush, Nirvana, Goo Goo Dolls. All the alternative, grunge I could get. In college, it was ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. Don’t judge. I was going through a teeny bopper pop phase. I’m now appropriately back to my alternative roots which is where I belong and Pitbull because you just can’t workout without him.
I probably just aged myself a dozen years, but that’s ok. I am the age I am. Mom says I look 10 years younger than I really am. That’s probably why the little gym boy wanted to date me. I often wonder if she’s just saying that because, well because she’s my Mom. By the way, I’ve only seen that guy once at the gym since then. I’m kinda glad. I don’t want him following me around telling me what to do and not to do at the gym.
I became uninterested in TV at some point last year. I could easily live without TV. A few nights ago, I was on a roll writing 10 blogs and realized my Apple TV had stopped playing. I like to put it on alternative radio. I had been writing in complete peace for hours and didn’t realize it until it was time to crawl upstairs to bed. I guess the web has sucked me in entirely. I get nervous when I’m disconnect. May need therapy. Just kidding. It’s actually refreshing to disconnect every now and then.
Truthfully my disinterest in TV began during my weight loss. Being active filters into every day life. Once you get the active bug, you feel really strange sitting down and doing nothing. I’m definitely not the type of person who can sit for very long. Like watching a movie on the couch…impossible unless I have a computer or something else to keep my mind occupied while I’m watching it. This is the oddest thing because I can remember a time well before my weight loss when I happily lounged around all weekend gazing at the TV drinking soda, eating pizza and junk food. How different my life is now. Different in a really good way. It really shows how drastically our lives can change just from one small change we make in our lives.
Now that you know angst for TV and love of music, let’s chat about these spinach sweet tater cakes. One of my favorite frozen foods is Dr Praeger’s. All their food is made with real ingredients, nothing processed or weird. It’s low calorie too. I love their vegetable cakes especially the spinach potato cakes. I’m not a fan of eating spinach on it’s own, but I can tolerate it when it’s snuck in something. These make a nice addition to salads and are a quick side for dinner paired with fish or chicken. They freeze very well. I’ve kept mine up to a month. That’s as long as they usually last. So turn up the music and let’s make some cakes!
- 1 16 ounce bag frozen spinach, thawed
- 1 small white onion, diced
- 3 small, white sweet potatoes (can also substitute other types of potato)
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 eggs whites
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp oat bran
- 1 tbsp arrowroot
- sea salt to taste
- Drain spinach in a colander then wrap in paper towels & squeeze out remaining liquid
- Remove skin of potatoes & chop into small pieces
- Place a pot of water on the stove & bring to a boil
- Add sweet potatoes & boil 10-15 minutes until soft
- Drain sweet potatoes
- Add sweet potatoes to a food processor or blender, then add roughly chop onion
- Combine until potatoes are mashed
- Heat a saute pan to medium heat & spray with cooking spray
- In a small bowl, combine water & arrowroot stirring very well
- Add spinach, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic to the pan, stir to combine
- Then add egg whites, arrowroot water, sea salt & oat bran
- Stir to combine well, cooking about 5 minutes just to let the eggs combine
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray
- Form batter into palm sized patties
- Place patties on baking sheet
- Bake 30 minutes, flip once half way through
- Remove patties from the oven
- Cool on a baking rack
- Wrap in serán wrap & store in the freezer or refrigerator
How do you find your focus? What music do you listen to?
Friday Favorites with Katie
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