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Knowing what goes into your meals by cooking with whole, unprocessed foods combined with the ritual of the family meal are important to improving your health and that of your family. In our Let’s Cook column, we will provide ideas, recipes, and conversations that we hope will help reinforce lessons of wellness. Lessons we are teaching in the classroom. Lessons we hope will be brought into your home to support our holistic approach to raising healthy children.

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Knowing what goes into your meals by cooking with whole, unprocessed foods combined with the ritual of the family meal are important to improving your health and that of your family. In our Let’s Cook column, we will provide ideas, recipes, and conversations that we hope will help reinforce lessons of wellness. Lessons we are teaching in the classroom. Lessons we hope will be brought into your home to support our holistic approach to raising healthy children.

Green Onion and Sweet Potato Fritter

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Fritters

2 sweet potatoes

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

¼ cup chopped green onions

2 eggs

¼ cup flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Yogurt Dipping Sauce

⅓ cup plain yogurt

Zest from 1 lemon

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 small garlic clove, minced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes then grate them using the large holes on a box grater. Put them in a large bowl and add the cheddar cheese and chopped green onions.
  2. Whisk together the eggs with the sea salt and pepper and add them to the bowl with the sweet potatoes and flour. Mix everything together well.
  3. Heat a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add a splash of oil. Take a handful of the sweet potatoes and form it into a fritter – don’t worry if it doesn’t stick together well. Working in batches, and adding more oil to the pan between batches, fry the fritters in the hot pan for 3-4 minutes per side. Press the tops of the fritters down gently, so they stick together better and adjust the heat if they start to get too brown.
  4. Set the cooked patties on a baking sheet in your oven with your oven on to its lowest setting to keep them warm while you pan-fry the rest.
  5. While the sweet potato fritters are cooking, prepare the lemon yogurt. In a small bowl mix the yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice and garlic. Serve dip on top or on the side of fritters.

* Fritters can alternatively be baked: Flatten fritters onto a  greased baking sheet and bake in preheated 400’ oven for 20 minutes or until edges are browned.