Summer to me, signals Christmas and a long party season with lots of overindulgent eating and drinking. However, those watching their health and weight shouldn’t despair, as there are many existing recipes that can easily be modified to provide you with a non-guilty snack to nibble on.
I recently had a glut of sweet potato and not much else. With the champagne chilling and guests beckoning within the hour, I simply couldn’t imagine what I could create with sweet potato AND maintain a low fat and healthy snack.
Admittedly, not two of the most common themes when preparing snacks for the party season or Christmas.
With the current resurgence in Middle Eastern and Turkish cuisine, I started flicking through a few cookbooks for some inspiration … hummus; fritters; breads. Soon, thoughts turned to making falafels; sweet potato falafels in fact.
Although falafels are generally healthy, I tweaked the ingredients and used spices for additional flavouring, baking the falafels until a crispy crust formed on the outside but inside was still light and fluffy.
A successful collaboration ensured - I was able to deplete my over extended stockpile of sweet potato AND maintain a low fat and healthy approach with this snack.
The outcome was bittersweet … my guests loved them and wanted more but alas the sweet potato cupboard was now bare!
Sweet Potato Falafels were an exercise in depleting an over extended sweet potato stockpile and providing guests with some healthy and low fat party snacks.