Sweet Potatoes and Greens

Want to eat like Obama?  Check out this recipe created by chef Sam Kass, one of the chefs who gets down in the kitchen at the White House.  This delectable sweet and savory combination will have you truly feeling like your dining with the president.  Plus, it combines two superfoods, kale and sweet potatoes, that will keep your health in line during this holiday season.  Even if you’re not a fan of greens, take a bite and I bet you’ll like it.

Sweet Potatoes and Greens

(Makes 4 Servings)

-2 or 3 large sweet potatoes
-2 bunches of greens (kale, collards, or chard)
-2 cloves of garlic
-juice of half of 1 lemon
-1 tsp. honey
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-1/4 tsp. ground cloves
-salt and pepper
-1 tbsp. olive oil


1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces (make them as uniform as you can.)

2. Heat half of the oil in the pan over medium heat and add the sweet potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just brown on all sides and soft (about 12-15 minutes.) If the potatoes are still hard at the end of this time, you can add a Tbsp or so of water, put a cover on the pan and steam for 2 minutes.  When they are finished cooking, add spices and salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

3. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, wash the greens (but do not dry them.) Remove the stems and cut the leaves into smaller pieces. Mince the garlic.  In a separate pan, heat the remainder of the oil over medium heat, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add in the greens and cook until tender, stirring often.  Salt and pepper to taste.

4. Combine the potatoes, honey, and lemon juice with the greens, stir and serve.

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    Simply Life
    December 18, 2009 at 7:53 am

    ha, what a great recipe and I love the info tied to obama!

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    December 18, 2009 at 8:06 am

    LOVE this flavor combination!

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    December 18, 2009 at 9:16 am

    What a simple, healthy, wonderful recipe! My 2 fav things.. kale and sweet taters!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    December 18, 2009 at 9:23 am

    This looks great. I love sweet potatoes, so I’ll give it a try!

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    Gelareh @ Orange Truffle
    December 18, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I have to say that sounds really good… I LOVE Kale and Sweet Potato

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    December 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    That looks delish and I love both of those

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    Teniah Howell
    December 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I definitely have to put this on the menu for next week! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    December 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    This looks awesome! Im gonna have to try it out! I love kale, and sweet potatoes. Never wouldve thought of putting them together.

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    Corinne Dobbas
    December 18, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    YUM!!! Anything with sweet potatoes makes me wanna give it a whirl! Thanks!!!

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    December 19, 2009 at 12:00 am

    That looks easy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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    December 19, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Nice recipe. Great colors!

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    December 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Like Abby, these are also two of my fave foods! Dream= to be the chef of the white house. Great post!

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    Teniah Howell
    December 22, 2009 at 12:12 am

    This was awesome! I made this tonight as a side dish for my split pea and courgette soup. It was the perfect combo with the bright orange and green! I used fresh spinach since that is what I had, and kumara (a NZ sweet potato) it was divine, and my husband even loved it – getting him to eat spinach is not easy! Thanks so much for sharing…..

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