Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes with Blackberry Salsa



It is kind of crazy to think that I started this blog as a sophomore in college. It’s even crazier to think that I am now a senior in college! Where did the time go?! I can tell that it is the last semester of my senior year, because I am busier than I think I’ve ever been.

We all go through seasons and make choices to commit to different things that occupy our lives, and in this last stretch I have found myself committed to probably a few too many things. It’s a balance, and I’m learning. However, despite the crazy, I do not regret any of my decisions or commitments because my every day is filled with so much joy.

One of the negative consequences of my busy schedule is this blog and my cooking efforts have been slightly neglected. I promise to you I am still cooking up a storm here in Richmond, however the posts have been coming slower than usual recently and I apologize for that!

I have a ton of changes coming my way in the next several months- a new school, a new degree program, a new community all together. Despite these changes, one thing that I know will not change is my passion for environmental friendly living, and my commitment to witnessing to that through this blog.

Thus, I appreciate all of you patient enough to continue following despite my crazy college schedule. You all are one of the sources of my daily joy, and for that I am so grateful.

Enjoy these delicious sweet potato quinoa cakes! They’re seriously as good as they sound.




Sweet Potato Quinoa Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 6 oz), peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Blackberry Salsa Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh blackberries, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 1/2 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. Once hot, add the sweet potato, onion, ¼ teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.  Stir thoroughly, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until potato is soft.
  3. Create a circle in the center of the pan, and toss the garlic into the middle. Cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant, and then stir into the potato mixture.
  4. Transfer the potato mixture into a large bowl and mash well.
  5. Add the quinoa, breadcrumbs, cheese, herbs, and remaining salt and pepper to the bowl- mix thoroughly.  Once mixed, stir an egg into the bowl for added moisture.
  6. Using your hands, shape four equally sized patties.
  7. Meanwhile, heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet you used previously over medium heat. Cook the patties one at a time, about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  8. To prepare the blackberry salsa: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Use alongside or on top of the patties for an extra kick of flavor!  



Notes and Tips!:

  • Yield: 4 patties
  • Source: How Sweet It Is  
  • Gluten Free? Use Gluten-free bread crumbs! 
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other delicious dishes from ‘A Rented Kitchen!’ (Recipe links below!)

Recipe Links:

Quinoa and Parmesan Kale Patties

I have somewhat of a theme going on- patties. I just noticed this, and I’m not sure what it is about a good patty, but I am definitely a fan! It all started out with the Quinoa Burger, and then there were the Crispy Black Bean Fritters with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce. And here we are at take three with these fantastic Quinoa and Parmesan Kale Patties!

The best thing about this meal is that there are two best things. 1) This meal is extremely healthy for you! Kale and quinoa are loaded with phytochemicals and nutrients that your body needs and craves. That alone is reason enough to go buy the ingredients right now. 2) These little guys are delicious and can be dressed up beautifully with avocado slices, lime, cilantro, salsa, or soy sauce! Your whole family is going to love them. I’ve been munching on them the last few days, warming up a patty whenever I get hungry, and I promise you it’s worth it. Get some more greens in your diet, Try these Quinoa and Parmesan Kale Patties and do something new. Sometimes mixing it up is just what you need!



  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-4 Kale leaves
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs*
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Optional toppings: avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, salsa, garlic oil, Braggs Amino Acid Spray, Soy sauce


  1. Combine 1 cup of dry quinoa with 2 cup of water in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed.
  2. Prepare the kale by rinsing 2-4 large leaves, and then cutting the leaf from the stem. Chop or tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces and place them in a steamer basket. Fill a large pot with 2-3 inches of water and heat at medium-hot heat. Place the streamer basket in the pot, over the water. Cover the steamer basket with the pot lid and steam for 3-5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, eggs, parmesan, sliced onions, spices, kale, and breadcrumbs. Mix well so that the moisture from the eggs is evenly absorbed.
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Using your hands or a ¼ measuring cup, scoop batter onto the frying pan in the shape of patties.
  5. Cook each patty for 5-7 minutes on each side.
  6. Serve warm and top with slices of avocado slices, salsa, soy sauce, cilantro, Braggs Amino Acid spray, or lemon juice if desired.

Notes and Tips:

  • If you’re gluten free, use gluten free breadcrumbs! I used Italian flavored.
  • These patties keep well! Store them in an air-tight container, microwave 2 for 1 minute, and enjoy!
  • I tried these patties with avocado slices, sprinkled cheese, salsa, soy sauce, and Braggs (not all at the same time!) and each combination was delicious!
  • Source: Yummy Supper
  • Want more kale in your life? Try these Baked Kale Chips or this Sweet Potato Pizza with Caramalized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Kale!