The other weekend I went to go visit with my dad, and as an attempt to get him started with vegan cooking, I made him one of my favorite go-to meals, garlicky sweet potatoes and collard greens. This meal shatters all meat-eaters beliefs that you can’t have a simple and tasty, yet filling meal, without the meat. You can have this prepared within 30 minutes, and you can cater it to your personal tastes- cheesy, spicy, asian or sweet- so add it to your recipe box. Luckily for me, my dad loved it, and I am one step closer to getting him on the plant-food train ♥
If you are a newbie to plant-based cooking, this recipe is for you, The Holy Kale will not let you down! Plus, use the basis of this recipe to make variations- switch up sweet potatoes for yukon gold, switch collard greens to kale, switch green cabbage for purple or napa, and even add some grains like quinoa, jasmine or black rice- the options are really endless!
Garlicky Sweet Potato and Collard Greens
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
1/2 Sweet Onion, finely chopped
1 Sweet Potato, diced
1 Bunch of Collard Greens, thinly chopped
1/2 Green Cabbage, thinly chopped
- Unheated Sea Salt
- Nutritional Yeast (about 1 tbs)
Optional add-ins: Hot Sauce, Nama Shoyu, Brown Rice Vinegar, Black Pepper, Sesame Seeds.
In a medium-large skillet, add 1 tbs of olive oil and turn on medium to low heat. Add garlic and onion.
Sauté garlic and onion for about 5-10 minutes, or until they turn translucent.
Add sweet potato and cabbage, coat in the olive oil and cover. If need be, add extra olive oil to make sure they do not burn. Cook for about 5-8 minutes.
After the sweet potato and cabbage have begun to soften, add collard greens. Cover and reduce to low heat. Cook for another 15 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.
Serve warm and top with sea salt and Nutritional Yeast. Feel free to add extra olive oil or some of the other fun add-ins. Mix and Enjoy!
Sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable- Chef THK
By the way if you want to learn more about the health benefits of TRUE salt, check out this article and don’t forget to pick up some nutritional yeast. It is an essential for not only the best cheesy flavor, but it also is rich in B vitamins (including B12) and protein.
Another article that is essential to healthy cooking is “Cooking with Oils: The Inside Guide“- make sure you are keeping your skin clear and your digestive system on track by cooking with the right type of oils, very basic but essential.