October 18, 2012

Sweet Potatoes with Collard Greens and Tomatoes

A good friend makes you laugh. A good friend is someone you can trust. A good friend has a shoulder for you to always lean on.

And a great friend brings you unexpected bowls of frozen yogurt just because there’s a new flavor at your favorite spot.

Hey, Danielle – that’s you! Yesterday evening, I got a text from Danielle telling me that Tutti Frutti had pumpkin frozen yogurt and asking if I wanted some. Obviously my response was prefaced with an “Omg” and finished off with a “Yessssss.” Seriously, how would you have responded?

Her delivery came on the perfect day; I was making an all veggie meal that should only be balanced out with something sweet, right? Just say yes. I was determined to use a bunch of items from my 5th CSA box.DSC_0387 (1024x732)

In this week’s box:

  • watermelon
  • red potatoes
  • apples
  • collard greens
  • squash
  • green peppers
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • green beans

As much as I talk about eating candy, cookies, and dessert, I really do have great self control. I eat it often, but never eat a lot at a time. I took a huge bite of the pumpkin froyo, declared it  amazing, and put the rest in the freezer for after dinner. I swear this motivated me to a)cook a healthy dinner and b)grocery shop at the speed of light for the other items I needed.DSC_0391 (1024x731)

Sweet Potatoes with Collard Greens and Tomatoes


  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch collard greens (about 6-8) leaves
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • salt and pepper


  1. Wash the collard greens and pat try.  Cut down the center of each leaf to remove the rib.  Chop leaves into 1/4″ strips and set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the potatoes and season well with salt and pepper.  Cook until they are browned and almost cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Place the cooked potatoes in a bowl and set aside. 
  3. Add a little more oil to the pan and add the onion and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes until tender. 
  4. Add the chard and sauté until it starts to wilt, about 2 minutes.  Add the potatoes and tomatoes into the skillet with the greens. Add the garam masala and stir. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.  Continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring often, to let the flavors meld. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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Hello, colors! You’re going to love this dish, I promise. And boys, if you need meat in your meal, serve this as a side next to your steak or something. It’ll make anyone happy. And when you’ve finished gobbling it all up, you can comfortably reach for that cup of frozen yogurt.

Did someone just shout “Balance!”?


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  • Jun

    It’s my first time commenting, even though I’ve been reading for quite some time… I just wanna say you look like Amanda Seyfried! 😉

    • Ha! You’re the third person to tell me that this week. I get it all the time. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Amelia

    Your veggies look delicious. Yummy creation.

    I need to get over to tuitti fruition still. We have Tcby and almost a menchies over the bridge here but I want to try theirs. Only problem is I’m usually next door at whole paycheck at 9am Saturdays. Froyo at 9am? Hmmmmmm……

    • It was a lot of chopping, but so worth it. Hope your Menchie’s opens soon! Froyo at 9 am…I would not judge you. 

  • This looks so good! A friend brought something similar to a party recently, only it had kale instead of collard greens and a little couscous. Very yummy–loving the greens and sweet potatoes, this is a new combo for me!

    • This would definitely be good over couscous and I’m sure you could use any green. 🙂

  • callen47

    I’ve been looking for somewhere that has pumpkin pie fro yo, but no luck yet!

    Also love that dinner. Sweet potatoes and greens always go so well together!

  • Brittany Greer

    I knew I was going to like this recipe just from the picture. I make this kind of thing all the time, so simple and delicious. I have already had sweet potatoes in some form for dinner twice this week 🙂
    Have a great day!

    • Yay!! I can’t get enough of the sweet potatoes. 

  • itzyskitchen

    YUM! To both the foryo and your dinner. Love how colorful your meal is. I need to get me some pumpkin froyo stat

    • have you been to tutti frutti yet?

  • Pumpkin froyo does sound amazing!! I need a friend who’ll bring me that, too!

  • Livefortherun

    Collard greens, bleccccck. Don’t try to fool me with the beautiful colors and sweet potatoes. I’m on to you! 

    Like your spectacles, cute as ever!

    • omg i’m weird about collrad greens too. a lot of times they’re cooked with bacon fat or grease and eeeeeeek. mine were great, i promise!

  • Elizabeth Hoskins

    Sweet friend!! How was the pumpkin flavor?  Did it taste like pumpkin pie?  This recipe looks delicious, I’ve never cooked with collard greens, I guess I should give it a try!

    • it was SO good bc of the graham crackers, honestly. it was like pupmkin pie, yes! 

  • Looks so good!! And pretty! 🙂

  • Sam

    I do the same thing a lot – I eat a lot of sweets, but just in little amounts. Like the candy corn bowl on my coffee table right now – I dip into it at least 5-6 times a day, but I only take 1 or 2 at a time. 🙂 Still get candy, still fit into all my clothes. It’s a good solution. 😀

  • Jeff Amador

    I’m unfamiliar with Garam Masala.  Any suggestions for an alternative spice?  Or should I just buckle down and try it?

    • omg, no. just buy it!! i was scared to buy it for a long time, but now i put it on everything. it’s also in the tomato & potato curry recipe i posted the other day which you NEED TO MAKE!!!!!

      • Jeff Amador

         sounds good!!  it shall be added to my grocery list this week.  thanks!

  • That friend is a keeper. I love it when Sweet potatoes get those little black spots…looks delicious!

    • she is a gem! so funny you say that bc i was really excited about those spots. i love a crispy edged tater.

  • That froyo mixture looks and sounds mighty tasty! I’ve been lacking on the blog comment creativity lately…don’t worry it will return soon.

  • Melinda Pollard

    I am totally making this dish tonight! Except I don’t have collard greens, could I use spinach maybe?


    • yeah! you could totally use any green. 🙂

  • Pumpkin froyo?! Sounds delightful!

  • This looks gooooood. I love the addition of garam masala!

    • glad you’re a garam masala fan too! it’s a great spice.

  • This meal looks absolutely delicious!  I need to try it.  I love anything with sweet potato.  You definitely have the rules of friendship figured out.  Anyone who brings me food is a great friend.  😉

    • you should! i’m on a sweet potato kick right now and i don’t plan on stopping. 🙂

  • Dan McHardy

    What a healthy dish! I may try this recipe for myself when I get the chance, as it includes only natural ingredients, and by the looks of things is fairly cheap to make too! I also drink green teas on a daily basis, which I find to be very nourishing to my body, and help me concentrate when at work. Not only that, but I’ve noticed a general improvement in my health since I began drinking these brews, which has transformed my mental health too to say the least. 

    I would recommend that whilst trying this meal, you make your own brew of organc green tea, and you will feel lighter and happier than you did before your meal.

    Happy eating!

  • I am obsessed with your bowl. 

    • hahahah *I* am obsessed with *your* bowl.

  • Danielle rocks!  And, I think I might just go by Tutti Frutti after teaching tonight to try some pumpkin yogurt myself!!

    • yes, she does! i hope you went…and loved it!

  • Liziheartvegetables

    So I had collard greens for the first time last week! (Clearly, not from the south here haha.) I wasn’t a huge fan, because I think it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I want to try them again though!

    • yeah, sometimes they’re prepared kinda nasty…with too much butter/grease/fat/bacon. but i just cook mine with garlic, olive oil, and sometimes balsamic and they’re great!

  • NEVER let that friend go!! Froyo deliveries are not common! I love the loot from your veggie box, and the creation you made looks delicious! 

    • i know, right?! i won’t!! 🙂 

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