We are receiving some Brazilian guests today (well, when you will be reading this post they will be here already) and I really have to finish cooking some goodies to offer to them. I don’t know about you guys, but when Brazilians have friends or family over they will fill you up with food until you say “I can’t eat anymore, please stop it”
I guess this is the way Brazilians show how much they care about their friends and family. In Canada, it is very common we offer guests something to drink when they arrive. But in Brazil, food is the first thing to be offered. So funny! My husband is Canadian and every time he visited my mom he used to say to me “baby, why does your mom think I am hungry all the time? She is like an Italian!” YES, we are like Italians, Portuguese and Spanish. That’s Latin culture, guys. Just for the record, he wasn’t complaining about it. In fact, he loves this tradition since he is such a good eater, right baby?
So, this Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet is so easy to make for lunchtime or busy weeknight meal. It will take only a few minutes to be ready on your table. The only thing that takes more time is the sweet potatoes to cook, approximately 15mins. Since you will sauté the leaves you will have to keep the heat at low to avoid the leaves from getting very soggy. I don’t like very soggy leaves and that’s why you can see on the pictures my leaves almost raw. I just sautéed them for about one minute or so. But if you wish you can sauté for longer. It is really up to you. Enjoy!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup onion, diced
- Red pepper flakes, to taste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups sweet potatoes, diced
- 2 cups fresh shrimp
- 3 cups trimmed and coarsely chopped kale leaves
- Ground black pepper
- In a saucepan, add the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.
- Add onions and red pepper flakes.
- Cook until onions are soft and golden.
- Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add sweet potato and cook until soft. It is about 10-15mins. In case you need, add a few tablespoons of water to help steam the sweet potato.
- Add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they turn pink.
- Turn the heat to low and add kale, stirring until wilted.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
I hope I inspired you to create a delicious healthy lunch dish in your own kitchen today.
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