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Smoked Cajan Sweet Potato Gnocchi Vegan Recipe

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

Gnocchi Serves 1. 350 Calories


1 Large Sweet Potato

1 Carrot grated

1 Apple finely chopped

1/2 Lime Juice

TBSP Fresh Corriander

Pinch Salt

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1 TBSP Cajan Spices

1 TBSP Coconut Flour

Balsamic Syrup


Microwave Potatoe for 9 minutes

Place the carrot, apple, coriander, lime juice, and mix together.

Scoop out the flesh of the sweet potato, add the liquid smoke, add the salt, cajun spices and coconut flour and mix together. Roll into small balls.

Place the salad on the bottom of the plate and serve the gnocchi around. And drizzle around with the balsamic syrup.

My Chef Training

I found the academic side of school very hard. Suffering from dyslexia it became apparent that the vocational side of life was my calling. This is where my love of food took the next step.

At 15, I found my love for cooking. Immediately my confidence grew and I was finally good at something. Excelling my year group with my culinary skills, at 16 I enrolled at the most prestigious catering college in the country, Westminster.

This had to have been one of the most challenging, fun and eye-opening experiences I had in the real world. Commuting from Sevenoaks to London, Monday to Friday, at 16 was thrilling but tiring. Our days in the kitchen started at 9am and finished at 5pm each day. I would then go and work in a kitchen as a paid chef from 6pm-10pm.

Weekends were a no-go. I would then work from 6.30am to 10pm every other weekend and study on alternate weekends. Welcome to the real life of a chef. Or lack of.

During my time at Westminster, I had opportunities to work at the Dorchester Hotel, Hilton Park Lane, City Rhodes, Houses of Commons and Marco Pierre White’s, Belvedere.

This experience helped a team of 6 chefs win the country's biggest catering competition, Toque D’or.

Daniel Welstead Plant BAsed Personal Trainer in Sevenoaks

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