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Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

2012 March 16
by admin

I used to commute less than a mile to work.  It was nice in some respects.  I could come home for lunch and cuddle with the pets and do pilates.  I could leave for work like 5 minutes before I needed to be there.  I could run home if someone peed on me.  Oh, for the record, I worked in a veterinarian office.  I could, and did, walk to work.


The only problem with that set up was that there was no break between work and home.  Like I was ON when I got to work and ON when I got home.  Stuff to do.  People to see.  Animals to pet.  Hard life, I know.  Now I work about 30 minutes from home and the commute — is nice.  I get a break.  I get to listen to NPR (in theory – it only comes through my radio in this rural area when the weather is perfect) and catch up the news.  I get to figure out how to make my students interested in DNA transcription.  I get to make up recipes.

My husband travels for work.  When I was planning my meals for the week, I loaded myself up with all of his least favorite ingredients (but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t eat them, because he definitely does, he just doesn’t know it).  Soon I realized my eyes were bigger than my stomach, because my husband was coming home sooner than I calculated.  Crap!  Clean up and make believe you are sooooo neat when he’s out of the house.  Quick!  Eat all the kale and sweet potatoes.

So, the idea was born out of necessity.  I promise, however, it’ll be a planned venture next time.  The list of ingredients is small but the flavor is awesome.
Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


2 cups chopped kale
2 sweet potatoes
olive oil
sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt


  1. Clean and scrub sweet potatoes.
  2. Prick with a fork.
  3. Rub olive oil over the outside of the potato and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Place on a microwave safe plate, wrapped in a paper towel.
  5. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  6. Turn and cook an additional 3 minutes.
  7. Let cool until you can handle them.
  8. Cut them in half and scoop out the flesh, setting it aside in a bowl.
  9. Mix together the kale with the hot sweet potato. The heat of the potato should wilt the kale and make it easier to work with. Add garlic salt.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Stuff potato halves with kale mixture.
  12. Bake for 15 minutes until heated thoroughly.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

  • Kierstan

    These look awesome. I am totally making them for lunch today.

  • Carrie

    I love this combination! Talk about some awesome nutrients in one dish. I’ll have to try this soon.

    The last time that my husband was out of town, I loaded up on sweet potatoes, too. He likes them well enough, but he doesn’t want to eat them every day like me :)

  • Shelswift

    So, glad I stumbled upon this!  I recently attended a nutrition clinic for distance runners and…..sweet potatoes and kale are on the top of the list as superfoods foods for runners!  Can’t wait to give it a try

    • Anonymous

      oooh, what a fun clinic!  As I marathoner/runner myself, I’m super jealous!

  • Mandiee

    This looks great! Sweet potatoes and kale are one of my favorite combos. I’ve never tried them like this, however. I suppose sometimes the best recipes are born out of necessity!

    • Anonymous

      You’ve got it!

  • Myfudo

    The wonders of kale…I am beginning to love this green healthy stuff. Sweet potatoes of course will always be loved in out household =)

    • Anonymous


  • Leemalerich

    your creativity amazes me.  looking at your later entry, the baked beans, what do i use if i don’t have a dutch oven?

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