This recipe is in the Mains chapter of the cookbook One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time © 2017 by Jessica Murnane, but I have to say, I’ve eaten it at all times of day. It’s made it to my breakfast table, and I’ve definitely whipped it up for a weekend lunch. After I eat it, I always feel so nourished and happy—and my body seems to love me for that. The spices are definitely what make this dish so special.
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sumac
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 medium-size sweet potatoes, cut into cubes (about 4 cups)
- Olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 bunch kale, destemmed and roughly chopped (about 6 cups)
- Sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- To make the za’atar, first toast the sesame seeds. In a small dry pan, heat the seeds over medium for 3 to 5 minutes, until they’re lightly browned. Stir occasionally, so they don’t burn. Let them cool. In a small bowl, combine the sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, and salt.
- Fill a medium pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes and parboil them (cook them just until they start to soften). This will take 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a medium bowl. Toss them with a glug of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the za’atar seasoning until coated.
- Spread the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and roast them for 10 minutes. Using a spatula, move them around on the baking sheet and continue roasting for another 5 minutes or until they begin to slightly brown.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the remaining za’atar and set it aside.
- In a large skillet, heat a glug of olive oil over medium. When the pan is hot, add the garlic. Sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant, about a minute. Add the greens and stir until they turn bright green and begin to soften. Add the sweet potatoes and heat everything for a few more minutes.
- Top the vegetables with some of the za’atar and oil mixture and serve.
Recipe Courtesy of Epicurious