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Spiced Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Kale

The vegetables with the most vitamins and minerals are the dark green ones and the yellow and orange vegetables says Cynthia , so hip hip hooray! This friendly dish is not just flavorful and beautiful to look at, it¹s nutritious too.

sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1" chunks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Cut sweet potatoes and place in an 8X8-inch baking dish.  Mix oil and spices together in a small bowl and drizzle over top of the vegetables.  Mix vegetables with a wooden spoon so they are evenly coated.  Cover pan and bake 30 -35 minutes, until tender (I know, I said 20 minutes in the video.  I lied).

2 tablespoons butter, divided
½ apple
, cut into thin 1" chunks
1 tablespoon unrefined cane sugar or brown sugar
1/3 cup dried cranberries
kale leaves cut into thin strips
¼ cup apple juice
1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

While sweet potatoes are roasting, prepare other vegetables.  Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet until it begins to sizzle.  Add apples and sauté, stirring frequently.  Add sugar and allow it to melt on the apples.  Add second tablespoon of butter.  When it is melted, add cranberries and kale.  Allow kale to be coated by the fat by folding it into the apples and butter.  When it is shiny and beginning to get limp, add the juice.  Cover the skillet and allow fruits and vegetables to braise for several minutes.

When sweet potatoes are tender (easily cut with the side of a fork) remove from oven and allow it to cool briefly.  Put in a large serving bowl and add the apple, cranberry, kale mixture.  Toss together gently.  Drizzle  of vinegar on top and fold in.  Taste the composition.  Add more vinegar or salt if needed.   Serve warm or at room temperature.  Will keep nicely in the refrigerator for several days.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Makes 4 servings

Copyright 2010, C. Lair, Original recipe


Ina Gawne
Thank you for this great recipe. Love your site! I had asked previously if I could show case a recipe of yours on my, as well as to show case your brownie recipe that I converted to gluten free? Which by the way, turned out FABULOUS. I really want to come from a place of respect for other peoples blogs and recipes, hence, asking permission to do so. I love Cynthia's approach to food, have my own food blog and would be happy to show case some of her wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing, Ina
December 9, 2010, 7:21 pm

Cindy Wambeam
Wow -- that just hits all of the right notes for me, with sweet potatoes, kale, and apples. I even have all of the ingredients at home already! I think this will be what's for dinner tomorrow night. :)
December 9, 2010, 7:55 pm

Claudia Fuller
YUMMO, this sounds absolutely delish! Can't wait to try it. Glad you're able to cook outside between the rain showers :-)
December 9, 2010, 8:04 pm

Helen Kilbane
hurray, another way to see my favorite funny people. I heard this show on public radio and today's Northwest Magazine directed me to your website. I can get my fix in between The Edge shows.
December 12, 2010, 12:00 pm

Kate Poss
I read about you in today's Pacific Northwest magazine. I can't wait to watch your shows. I cook aboard an Alaskan adventure boat each summer and what you do is inspirational. I am going to forward this link to my cooking friends.
December 12, 2010, 8:26 pm

Anne Sommer
I fixed the sweet potatoes and kale tonight. Both of us LOVED it! And we're not overly fond of kale. Thanks! Love your blog! I passed it on to my foodie daughter who also loves it.
December 14, 2010, 10:25 pm

Andrea F
Like many, I read about your site in Sunday's Pacific NW magazine. Can you please advise us how to view your videos from the beginning. Love your site!
December 14, 2010, 11:16 pm

I liked your sweet potatoe video. I happen to have some potatoes left from Thanksgiving! I noticed you have a propane oven in the background. I have one just like it. They work great and you don't have to use the neighbors oven, just have to find the smaller dishes to fit it. Keep up the good work!
December 15, 2010, 8:17 pm

Gail Duncan
Read about your web site in USA weekend. Love this site and plan to use it often for yummy, healthy meals. The sweet potatoes with apples and kale are going on my grocery list today! Thanks.
January 23, 2011, 9:47 am

I have made dozens of recipes from your site and they always turn out great, but this might actually be the best thing I've ever eaten. I had it for lunch today with some toasted pecans on top for protein. It was totally incredible.
November 10, 2011, 11:13 am

Elena Leonard
Made the Spiced Sweet Potatoes for Christmas dinner. Wow! A big hit. I appreciated that the dish did not have to be served less thing to time perfectly. And I love sneaking in some kale whenever possible. Great recipe, thank you!
December 26, 2012, 1:02 pm

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