Recipe Review: Because I wasn’t allowed to do any cooking for a few days, Simon helped me out by cutting up the Sweet Potato and some left over Pumpkin. Sometimes you just need to stick to your gut instincts and tell the boy they need to change something or it won’t work! I didn’t*. I thought “oh he’s already helping me out it’ll be fine!” I was wrong... bit of a fail side dish, but I know it has potential so I'm putting it up! Thanks for helping my love, we'll do better next time.
Cooking time: 20 – 30 minutes Serves: 2 -4 (see note)
Preheat oven: Stove top only
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped*
- 6 big handfuls of chopped kale**
- a small handful of pine nuts***
- pinch of salt
1. Boil water in a medium to large pot with steamer basket. Peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces. Place the potatoes in the steamer. Put a lid on and let them steam over medium heat for about 8 minutes.
2. Add the kale on top of the potatoes and continue steaming for about 5 minutes.
3. In the meantime toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet, stirring frequently until golden.
4. When finished steaming (the sweet potatoes are soft enough for mashing and the kale has fully wilted), remove the sweet potatoes and kale from the steamer into another sauce pan. Add a pinch of salt. Use a potato masher to mash. If necessary add a tablespoon of the cooking water to thin it out.
5. Serve topped with the pine nuts.
* I only had one sweet potato but I also had half a butternut pumpkin spare so I used both here.
If you mix and match like this ensure that the sweet potato is smaller than the pieces of pumpkin and the sweet potato is directly on the steamer basket with the pumpkin on top of that to assist with even cooking.
** Unfortunately, I used a bag of ready to use kale (finely chopped with all stems removed). It’s just not the same as using the full leaves of kale so if you have time and can get your hands on kale leaves please do.
*** If you like pine nuts go for a big handful of pine nuts; it worked really well in this combination!
Note: If you feel like it, this recipe is enough as a meal on it's own rather than a side dish but will only serve 2.