Kale is a dark, green leafy vegetable. It is a cruciferous vegetable most closely related to cabbage. If you haven’t added this vegetable to your diet then I suggest you do. Per one cup kale has 33 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, and about 3 grams of protein. Not only is kale low in calories, but it is also high in tons of vitamins and minerals!
Kale is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Kale is also high in iron and calcium. It has more iron per calorie than beef and more calcium per calorie than milk. Iron is essential for the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to parts of the body, and cell growth. Calcium helps form and maintain healthy teeth and bones, plays a role in muscle contraction, and aids in releasing hormones. In addition to all that, kale is filled with antioxidants and can help lower cholesterol levels.
Kale, Shrimp, and Sweet Potato Skillet
- 1/2 lb peeled, deveined shrimp
- 2 cups kale, stems removed, chopped
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces. Toss pieces in a little bit of olive oil. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until pieces are fully cooked. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Cook garlic and onion about five minutes or until the onions become translucent. Add chopped kale to skillet. Add white wine to pan and let it steam the kale until softened but still green. Add cooked sweet potato to pan and move ingredients to the side of the skillet. In the center, add shrimp. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until pink on one side and flip shrimp to cook on the other side. When shrimp are cooked stir together components and serve hot.
Serves: 2 | Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 313, total fat: 9 g, total carbohydrates: 35 g, dietary fiber: 7 g, sugars: 13 g, protein: 21 g
Cook the sweet potatoes ahead of time and you’ve got an easy weeknight meal. What’s your favorite weeknight dish? Tell me below!