Sweet Potato Rice Balls with a soft cheeze filling… sounds delicious? Is delicious! If you’re looking for whole-hearted meals for lunch and dinner, this recipe is one to add to the list. Sweet potatoes are my absolute favourites, not only because they taste amazing but especially because they are loaded with nutrients. Did you know that sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and vitamin B1, B2 and B6? Such a winner! And in combination with brown rice, sweet corn, chia seeds and cashew moxarella cheeze, they are even better!
These sweet potato rice balls are:
Crunchy from the outside
Soft and cheezy on the inside
Because they are so tasty, they already have become a staple in our house. They are so versatile! I love to eat them on top of a huge salad with a creamy sauce or inside stews and curries – so good! For this specific dish I mixed up one of the best ever sauces: tahini-beetroot-mustard-maple. YUM! 🙂
I absolutely love this sauce and use it in all kinds of variations as a dipping sauce for my potato wedges, or dressing on buddha bowls and salads. I’ll leave the exact ration for the dressing in the recipe table down below, so make sure to try it! 🙂
In this recipe I used a rice cooker with an integrated steamer to save time, but, of course, you can also just use normal cooking pots to cook the rice and the sweet potatoes! I must say though, this rice cooker improved my cooking and time management in the kitchen by 200%. It’s so cheap in comparison to what you get and I can not recommend it enough!
If you decide to give these beauties a try, let me know! Leave a comment and rate it – it’s so helpful to me and other readers. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #thetastyk on Instagram! I love seeing what you come up with. Cheers and enjoy!
- For the sweet potato rice balls:
- 2 cups brown rice
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- ½ cup frozen sweet corn, defrosted
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 4 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- dash of black pepper
For the cashew moxarella:
- Click here (I halved all the ingredients and got enough cashew cheeze for all balls plus a bit extra)
For the sauce:
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp beetroot juice or beetroot powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- water as needed
- Prepare the cashew moxarella and leave it in the fridge to cool down.
- Prepare the chia ‘eggs’ by placing 2 Tbsp of chia seeds into 4 Tbsp of water. Set aside and let them soak.Take out the frozen corn and let it defrost.
- Place the rice in a colander and rinse the rice properly until the water comes out clear.
- Place the rice with the needed amount of water in your rice cooker.
- Wash the sweet potato and cut it into small chunks (leave the skin on if they’re organic). Place them in the steamer above the rice cooker and let the rice cook/ potatoes steam until done.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / F.
- In the mean time, cut the fresh parsley, onion and garlic into small pieces.
- Once the sweet potatoes are soft, place them in a large bowl and mash them up with a fork or potato masher.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and spice it up as desired. Stir everything together until you have a moist mixture.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and take out about 2-3 Tbsp of the mixture. Roll it in your hands, press it down and place a small amount of cashew moxarella in the middle (you can skip this step if you want to omit the cheeze). Form the mixture around the moxarella and roll it into a ball (the desired size depends on your preferences). Repeat this step until all the mixture is gone.
- Place the balls on the baking tray and place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes (until crispy on the outside).
- In the meantime whip up your dressing. Once the balls are ready, serve with a salad on the side and dressing on top!
For more delicious and healthy recipes like these sweet potato rice balls, check out my Mushroom Spinach Omelette or my Butternut Squash Curry!
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