Kale and Boiled Potatoes

When the weather is around 30 degrees C, we like to cook Mediterranean food because it’s very light. This side dish goes well with any kind of fish, or a vegetarian burger or scrambled tofu. When buying kale, look for crisp and dark greens. Avoid those that are wilted or have yellow or brown spots. Young greens can be stir-fried, steamed, or sauteed briefly.

1 bunch Kale
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper

1. Cook the potatoes in salted water until soft. Drain.
2. Rinse kale well in a large bowl of warm water. Drain in colander.
3. Use the leaves only. Trim away tough stem ends by making a “V-shaped” cut at stem end. Save the stems for vegetable stock! Cut the leaves into small pieces.
4. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet and add the pieces of kale. Cook and stir over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes until wilted and tender (older leaves may take slightly longer).
5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet. Add minced garlic and saute for a few minutes.
6. Add potatoes and garlic to kale, stir and heat through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes pair nicely with tofu cacciatore, which we’ll feature on the blog next week! They also go great with our chickpea and eggplant curry. These mashed potatoes are also fantastic straight from the bowl with a big spoon.

4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

3 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
Fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Saute the garlic in olive oil over medium heat.
2. Cook the potatoes in salted, boiling water until tender. Do not drain completely; leave some salted water at the bottom of the bowl. Add the margarine and garlic, then mash until smooth.
3. Add parsley and mix well.

Serves four.

– DJ