Kale Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Salad, and Baked Tofu

Kale Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Salad, and Baked Tofu

Hi! I had a nice trip, but boy am I glad to be back with my husband, my kitties, and my kitchen. I decided to make some old favorites for dinner tonight. We usually make kale mashed potatoes, but we had sweet potatoes so I used those instead. If you’re not a fan of kale (gasp! say it ain’t so!), this is a great way to “sneak” it into a meal. Simply steam, shock, and chop your kale before adding it to your potatoes.

The green bean salad is simple but tasty, and you can use whatever nut you like – we usually use pine nuts, but I think the original recipe called for walnuts. Peanuts or almonds would also be delicious, and I can even imagine pistachios or cashews, so really, use whatever you want!

Green Bean Salad
Makes two large sides

12 oz Green Beans (Haricots verts if you can find them)
1/2 Cup Nuts, dry toasted and crushed (walnuts, pine nuts, almonds…)
1 Tbs Sugar
1 Tbs Tamari
1 Tbs White Wine

Trim ends off the beans at a 45º angle. If the bean is long, cut it in half, also at an angle. Blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes, no longer! You want them to still be crunchy. Drain, shock in icy water to stop the cooking, and pat dry.

Whisk the sugar, tamari and wine together until the sugar dissolves. Poor over beans, add nuts and toss. Serve at room temperature or chilled. This dish can easily be made ahead of time.

Green Bean Salad


  1. Emmie

    That green bean salad looks lovely. I’ll make sure to make it sometime soon. My man doesn’t like neither greens beans nor nuts so I’ll probably be munching away on my own. The tofu looks really tempting too.

  2. Amey

    Welcome back VeganYumYum! That looks like a super tasty meal… Kale and sweet potatoes look fantastic to me… but my bf is not a friend of either kale OR sweet potatoes! I’ll have to wait for him to be away for the night sometime… that’s usually when I eat as many sweet potatoes as possible!

  3. Melody

    Everything looks great! I am debating on making your kale soup or some mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes and kale.. maybe I’ll make them both.

  4. bazu

    Yay- it’s good to be back! Your meal looks really good. After I mde your kale soup, I posted about it on my blog. Now I wish I’d made more because the photo is staring me in the face… =)

  5. sheree

    Such a wonderful looking and colorful meal. It all looks good to me. DH does not like kale, but that does not stop me from eating it all by myself. Love it!

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