Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
And so it goes a little something like this…I really do love this time of year. I am a true winter baby. Orange and green foods just really feed my soul. Look at all that goodness stuffed into even more goodness. Doesn’t goodness plus goodness equal Awesomeness? Uuum Yea!
The three simple ingredients used to make this nutritional packed meal are one of a freaking kind. Maple, Mustard, Kale. Sweet, Savory and full of that warmth we all crave during this time of year. Eating goes so far beyond just feeling full physically. Eating feeds us on a whole. Mind, body and spirit. What we are thinking, how we are feeling while we eat all matter. If you’re in a sour mood rest assure that your food will not taste that great. But if you are thinking positive thoughts and are grateful for the food you are nourishing your body with, you can bet your sweet bum your meals will taste heartier, sweeter and all around better. Just give thanks to whatever it is you believe in. Your food will do for you inside what it’s made to do. Create, build, protect.
Kale is the king of greens. It’s on the list as one of the healthiest foods in the world. This dark leafy green is jam packed with essential vitamins such as A, C and K. Not to mention the minerals like iron, magnesium, copper, potassium and phosphorous. Don’t even get me started on the protein. One cup of kale has more protein in it than a 4 ounce piece of chicken. The calcium and iron in this veggie are highly absorbable in the human digestive system. It’s a great anti-inflammatory food, helps lower cholesterol, full of powerful antioxidants, amaze for detoxification, strengthens your immune system, fantastic for hair, skin and nails, can lower the risk of cancer and that’s just scratching the surface. We are made to eat plants.
Now that we got all the nutritional info out of the way and you know exactly what you’re getting yourselves into, I say we take this relationship to the next level and move on to the recipe…
Jennifer’s Original Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes ~ Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes ~ Total Time 2 hours
2-3 large sweet potatoes (or however many you want)
1 pound fresh or frozen kale, steamed
1/3 c maple syrup
2-3 tbsp yellow mustard
salt/pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F. Clean sweet potatoes well then wrap in foil. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Give or take depending how big they are.
- When the potatoes are done set aside. Steam kale for about 10 minutes.
- Transfer greens to bowl and add maple, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Stuff potatoes with kale. Enjoy!
Jenn’s Note*** You can have this as a side or just as a full meal because it’s rather quite filling.
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This is a great recipe. But one cup of kale does not have as much protein as 4 ounces of chicken. I’m not sure where you hear that from. One cup of Kale has less than 3 grams of protein and 4 ounces of chicken has nearly 30 grams. That’s 10 times as much. Not hating. Love your blog. But it’s things like that that make omnivores think the whole vegan lifestyle is a lie or a joke.
Hi Bart, Thanks for the love. Animal protein and plant based protein act very differently in the body. And I can’t speak for anyone else as everyone has to take responsibility for their own way of life, but I encourage eating better, whole foods like fruits and vegetables. If that gives people a reason to believe that eating plant-based, vegan, or vegetarian to attain a healthy way of life is BS so they could continue to eat the Standard American Diet way, which includes only processed foods, fried foods like chicken and fries, than that’s on them. There are a ton of excuses one could give themselves to not eat healthier but the reality is kale is healthier than chicken. When you break it down how much of that protein are you actually getting from chicken after the fat, antibiotics, hormones, and GMO’s? Organic Kale, is not only high in protein but it’s also high in fiber, omega-3’s, it supports the body’s detoxification system, and so on. There’s this misconception that we need a ton of protein when too much protein (which is the fade these days) is actually not good for you at all whether you’re vegan or not. So something for you to think about. Thanks again.
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