How to Use Up Your Leftover Sweet Potatoes

November 27, 2014

Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.

Today: Thanksgiving leftovers go vegan.

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We all know what to do with turkey leftovers: sandwich, soup, and pasta recipes abound. But what’s a vegan to do with her leftovers the day after a Thanksgiving feast?

Make these sweet potato cakes, is the answer. Thanksgiving sides are often vegan as written, which means that we vegans make out incredibly well with leftovers. I always gravitate towards sweet potatoes (seriously, who wouldn’t?). Roasted sweet potatoes make a terrific addition to stir fries, hearty green salads, or hash, while leftover sweet potato mash can be enjoyed on its own or as the base for these tender, sweet and savory cakes. If you like, serve these in warm pita with cranberry sauce, a drizzle of tahini, and some leftover greens (sautéed collards, brussels sprouts, whatever you’ve got). 

More: Collard leaves can also be wrapped around your favorite sandwich fillings for an easy, green lunch.

And while you’re at it, grab my simple recipe for vegan mashed sweet potatoes, which features creamy coconut milk as a base.

Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Serves 6 to 8

5 to 6 sweet potatoes (about 3 1/2 pounds), peeled and chopped roughly 
3/4 cup coconut milk, full fat
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional; add if you like your mashed sweet potatoes to be sweeter)
1 teaspoon ginger, grated

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.


Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes

Serves 6

1 1/4 cups leftover sweet potato mash
1 1/2 cups chickpeas, cooked
2 tablespoons chickpea flour (or all-purpose flour)
1/3 to 1/2 cups bread crumbs (panko or regular)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup scallions, white and green parts, chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Olive oil, for frying

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Mark Weinberg

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Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.

1 Comment

jeanne L. August 10, 2016
you can mash the sweet potatoes and add sweet glutinous rice flour and make patties and pan fried them to make a sweet potato mochi pancake, just two ingredients, sweet potatoes and sweet glutinous rice flour. yummy, try it.