Pan Roasted Yams with Kale and Onions

November 20th, 2012  |  Free of Gluten, Side Dishes, Veggies  |  0 Comments

I'm going into this week carrying more weight than I had hoped.  With reckless abandon, I began overindulging a week ago and the number on the scale right now is precisely where I thought it might be the day after Thanksgiving not three days before and 100% of the blame goes to the season's first batch of Chex mix I busted out last Friday {damn you and your salty goodness corn, rice & wheat cereal}.

I realize that this holiday only comes once a year and I shouldn't be ashamed to change into my sweatpants before dessert so I can fit just a little more gluttony in, but my guilt is already way ahead this year and I simply had to come up with something healthy for Thursday's feast.   As I peered into my refrigerator, the kale and yam called out to me and so was born this {guilt-free and incredibly quick-and-easy} delicious side dish.

This recipe is a snap to throw together and would be a healthier alternative to traditional Thanksgiving potato dishes.  Pair it with a few small slices of turkey and your meal will be packed with nutrients and goodness yet still leave you completely satisfied!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
medium-sized yams {or sweet potatoes}, peeled and chopped into 1/2" chunks
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped fresh kale {stems removed and discarded}
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or rosemary {optional}

Directions:

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat and add butter and olive oil.  When butter begins to sizzle, add chopped yam and onions.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 12-14 minutes.  When potatoes and onions begin to turn golden brown around the edges, mix in the chopped fresh kale and thyme or rosemary {if using}.

Continue cooking, stirring for another 2-3 minutes until the kale is wilted.

Remove from heat, transfer to serving bowl and devour!

I'm so thankful for all of you wonderful followers and I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  xoxo.

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