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Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Kale

Baked sweet potatoes topped with a kale, mushrooms and a citrus balsamic glaze.
Author: Ginger



  • 4 small/med. sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 bunch kale I used red kale, washed, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/2 clove of garlic finely minced or grated with a microplane
  • 1/2 inch slice of fresh ginger finely minced or grated with a microplane
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp.- plus 2 tsp. olive oil



  • Heat oven to 400° F
  • Wash sweet potatoes and poke each a few times with a fork. Wrap each separately in tinfoil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a knife. While sweet potatoes are baking, move on to next step.
  • *In a small sauce pan, add balsamic vinegar, orange zest (use a fine grater or microplane), minced garlic, minced ginger, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered for 7 minutes. The balsamic will now be reduced and a little thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool while preparing the rest.
  • Heat a large fry pan or saute pan over medium heat with 1 tsp olive oil. Add chopped kale to hot oil and saute, stirring frequently for 6 minutes, until wilted. Do not overcrowd the kale, saute in batches if necessary. Remove kale from pan.
  • Add 1 tsp. olive oil to the fry pan and bring back to medium-high heat. Add chopped mushrooms to hot oil and saute, stirring frequently, until browned but not soggy (about 5 minutes). Turn off heat and add all kale back to saute pan.
  • Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to the cooled balsamic mixture, and whisk well to blend. Pour on top of kale/mushroom mixture.
  • Remove baked sweet potatoes from tinfoil, and with a knife, cut a slit lengthwise down each. Spread open each sweet potato, and pile about 1/2 cup of the kale/mushroom mixture on top of each. Serve.


*Heating the balsamic vinegar reduces the acidity and sweetens and mellows the flavor.