Sweet Potato Pizza with Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Kale

If I had to make a list of my absolute favorite foods, the top ranking foods would be: chocolate, bread, sweet potatoes, goat cheese, blueberries. Hands down. I have to fight the temptation to eat chocolate and a muffin with every meal, and I pin every single sweet potato recipe I see on pinterest like it’s my job. Thus, this recipe is about as close as it comes to perfection in my book- it’s got bread in the form of a yummy pizza crust, a base of sweet potato, and goat cheese to top it all off! What more could a girl want?! (besides chocolate and blueberries.) I know it may seem weird to have a sweet potato pizza, but try something new! Shake up your typical routine! Life’s more fun that way, and turns out- a pizza can be more delicious that way too.

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 3 tbsp. skim milk or soymilk
  • 1 prepared whole wheat pizza crust
  • 1 cup shredded goat cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 premade pizza crust (I suggest whole wheat)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse your sweet potato and poke several small holes in it with a fork.
  3. Wrap the sweet potato in aluminum foil, place in your preheated oven, and bake for about 45 minutes- or until soft all the way through.*
  4. In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add the thinly sliced onion and dash of salt to the pan.  Cook the onion, stirring occasionally, for 30- 40 minutes or until just caramelized.
  5. When the onion is close to being done cooking, add the kale to the skillet and cook until tender and wilted. This should only take a few minutes! Remove the pan from heat and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Scoop the potato insides into a medium bowl and mash.  Add the milk and salt, mixing until blended in and smooth.
  7. Using a large spoon, spread the potato mixture onto a pizza crust.
  8. Sprinkle with half of cheese, the kale and onions, and then the remaining cheese.
  9. Bake the pizza for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees, or until kale begins to crisp and cheese melts.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes and Tips:

  • Tip: Don’t turn your oven off after baking your potato- leave it on because in a few minutes you will need it heated up to bake your pizza!
  • This recipe is from the food blog ‘Oh My Veggies’ It’s one of my favorites- check it out!

Baked Kale Chips

Kale is so weird. It’s green, and bitter, and kind of curly and veiny. Not much about it screams “desirable”.  Kale is also pretty mysterious.  I love vegetables and would like to consider myself a fairly healthy eater, yet somehow I cannot recall any kale recipes that stick out in my mind from years past. Honestly, I don’t think we know what to do with kale or how to prepare it.  The result is kale is constantly overlooked in the produce section and rarely incorporated into the weekly menu. I would like to propose a change, for the sake of this one highly nutritious and neglected veggie. This recipe gives kale new life. What was once bitter is now slightly salty, and what was once curly and dry is now crunchy. If that’s not enough, with this one recipe you are greatly increasing your Vitamin A, C, and K, as well as your daily fiber. Give it up for Baked Kale Chips!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt or Braggs Amino Spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry kale, then cut the leaf off of the stem- starting at the base of the leaf where the stem is thickest and moving to the tip of the stem with a small paring knife.
  3. You now have 2 detached leafs. Repeat step 2 until the desired number of leaves is reached.
  4. Rip each leave into several large pieces and arrange on a baking sheet
  5. Brush the pan and leaves lightly with a thin layer of olive oil and bake for 20 minutes, or until the chips are crispy
  6. Sprinkle with salt or spray with Braggs spray and serve!