I know after dieting or trying to eat healthy you may feel as if things become repetitive and boring, the two words that form the little devil on your shoulder gently whispering that you should quit and give in to the golden horns, I mean arches.

Well, let me be your angel (there, I said it).

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It’s really all about variety. The only way you will keep going strong in your fitness and health commitment is if you actually give yourself a chance by putting effort in the food you will make for yourself. I know it might be easier to just fire up a steak and serve with a cup of white rice, but where is the fun in that. There is no bigger choice than in the categories of fruit, meat and vegetables. There are so many more variations than with grains. So stop thinking that life without grains is dismal and dreary, because that’s just you giving yourself an excuse for picking up that Donut (put it down!).

Here I take two of the most repeated “diet friendly” ingredients that you will find on every list and turn them into something new and exciting.

Chicken Patties with a Sweet Potato Hash Brown

Grate half a large sweet potato or one whole sweet potato, toss in a tsp of olive oil, some salt, pepper and maybe some dried thyme. In a hot pan with olive oil (the pan has to be size of the desired hash brown and the sweet potatoes needs to fit it snugly), place the shreds and press them down to form a tight hash. Let the bottom crisp up a little. Cover. Let the top half cook. Then Flip and cook through until crispy.

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Chicken: Take 200 grams of chicken , mix with: ½ diced red onion, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 tsp of Ras-el-Hanout, 1tsp cumin, 1tsp onion powder, 1tsp cayenne pepper, 1tsp dried oregano, 1tsp dried mint, salt, pepper. Mix well. Form into 3 equal patties. Fry off in a little olive until crisp. Cover. Flip. Crisp. Cover until cooked.
Please the patties on top of the hash brown, place a yogurt sauce on top (sugar free yogurt or greek yogurt mixed with lots of dill and some pepper) and a little relish (chop 2 small celery stalks, 1 green onion stalk and mix with a drizzle of white vinegar and a tbsp of lemon juice). Garnish with dill.

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