Happy Birthday Princess Kate

Today’s post is a little tongue-in-cheek.  It’s to say Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Cambridge.

On more than one occasion I’ve been told I resemble Kate Middleton.

Sporty Kate

Sporty Nicole

It’s a compliment and one that I always makes me laugh a bit.  I’d like to think that in a Princess emergency, I could stand in for her–you should see my elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist wave.  A big difference though:  she wore a floor-length gown to see the movie War Horse.  I wore jeans and a fleece sweatshirt.

In honor of Kate Middleton’s 30th birthday, I created Princess Kate Sweet Potato Kakes.  This isn’t a fancy recipe but came together quickly with ingredients I had on hand.

Princess Kate Sweet Potato Kakes

2 baked sweet potatoes
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 a can of black beans
1/2 red pepper
1 handfull of spinach leaves
1 tsp chili powder or cumin
dash of garlic salt
dash of pepper
(Optional but recommended:  juice of one lemon or lime, fresh parsley or cilantro)

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees
*Cook the sweet potatoes (I pierced them and put in the microwave for 10 min)
*Cook the quinoa and let cool
*Place sweet potatoes (I left skins on),  pepper, spinach, beans, salt and pepper, chili powder/cumin, parsley in a food processor and process until mashed/blended.
*Combine the potato mixture with the quinoa and stir together
*Form mixture into patties and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet (I recommend spraying the foil with non-stick spray)
*Bake 12 minutes, flip and bake another 12 minutes
*Turn on the broiler and broil on each side for about 5 min until crisp
*Makes approximately 10 patties

Princess Kate Sweet Potato Kate

I recommend serving these warm–perhaps on a bed of mixed greens, with salsa, and even an avocado.  These are not the prettiest Kakes, but they are tasty and pack a nutritional punch.  As I was making them, the QAG came into my kitchen and said, “You certainly have something going on there, don’t you?”
I have a sweeter version in mind for another test-kitchen operation that will include apples, of course.

Question:  Who have you been told you look like?

7 responses

  1. Omg. I’m so jealous. No one has ever told me I look like Princess Kate. Or Pippa. Those kakes look pretty cool! I’m just learning to like sweet potatoes in fry form so I bet I could handle these!

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  3. Reading the ingredient list for your Princess Kate Sweet Potato Kakes made me hungry. They do look and sound delicious! I’ve never tasted quinoa, so I’m really interested in trying this recipe (if I can find quinoa in the Netherlands). These cakes would be good for High Tea. The Duchess would be pleased, I’m sure.
    In answer to your question, I’ve only ever been told I look like my Mom 🙂

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