Healthy Latkes



It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Hanukkah is when you spend 8 nights eating fried foods, from jelly donuts to latkes. Before you start loosening your belt buckle and clogging your arteries lets talk about ways you can enjoy your oil, but in a healthier way. Traditional latkes are made with potatoes, onions, eggs, salt, flour and oil. To make it healthier I replace the potato with a more nutritious vegetable, like sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, or celery root. Instead of flour, I use almond or coconut flour (which helps to bind, soak up excess moisture and adds protein). Instead of canola oil, I use avocado oil to fry.

Omega 6 lies at the core of many epidemic diseases. Massive consumption of omega 6 from corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil, safflower and sunflower oil has caused an unhealthy balance in our diet. Also, these oils are GMOs (unless you buy an organic/non GMO brand). There are two properties of cooking oils that matter most:Smoke point (the temp at which the fats begin to break down and turn into smoke) and oxidative stability (how resistant the fats are to reacting with oxygen). The higher a fat’s smoke point, the more cooking methods you can use it for. Heated past its smoke point, that fat starts to break down, releasing free radicals. When it comes to frying latkes I like using avocado oil because its smoking point is between 400-500F. Hope you enjoy theses yummy and healthy latkes-Beet, sweet potato, thyme latkes and Curry, spaghetti squash latkes!

However you spell it….Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah :)

Beet, Sweet Potato and Thyme Latkes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium beets
  • 2-3 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 onion
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Avocado oil, for frying

Directions:

1) Grate the beets, sweet potato potato and onion in the food processor or with a grater.  IMAG0682

2) Squeeze all the moisture you possibly can out of the grated vegetable. The onion will release the most moisture. Add the veggies to a mixing bowl.

3) Add the almond flour and rest of the ingredients to the veggies, and mix together with your hands.

4) Heat the oil in a skillet.

5) When the oil is hot, start grabbing handfuls of the veggie mixture and shape into patties, about 1/4 cup at a time. Gently drop a pattie into the oil, and flatten with a spatula.

6) Fry 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden and crispy. Remove to baking sheet. Bake 20 min 350.

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Curried Spaghetti Squash Latkes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 spaghetti squash, cooked and scraped
  • 2 large onions, grated
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1tsp.. garlic
  • Avocado oil, for frying

Step 1: Cook your squash:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Slice your spaghetti squash in half. Scrape out the seeds. Place each half on baking pan. Bake in oven about 40-45 minutes. Let cool until you can handle it. Scrape out the squash strands with a fork.

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Preheat your oven to 425F. Mix squash strands with grated onion. Add in curry powder, garlic, salt and pepper. Add eggs and almond flour into bowl and mix well. Heat up avocado oil (medium high heat). Drop large spoonfuls of the batter into the oil. Fry each latke about 3-4 minutes per side – just enough to give it a little brown crunch and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake 20 min 350

*To make vegan: For each egg in the recipe, make a flax egg: Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons hot water, set aside for 3 minutes to thicken.

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