When you have endo, inflammatory foods are oftentimes not our friends. And during the holidays, there can be a lot of inflammatory foods. But it's all about finding balance during the holidays. So, I like to make sure I have a few dishes on hand that I know will be endo-friendly. This dish is one of my favorites! Flavorful, colorful, and easy to make...the winning combination for a great recipe.
Za’atar Sweet Potatoes and Garlicky Kale
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sumac
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- ¼ 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 400 degrees and line a baking sheet 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.