Kale & Sweet Potato Fritters

Friends, these fritters are a must try! The natural sweetness of sweet potato blends beautifully with sautéed onion and nutrient-packed kale. Indian spice blend garam masala adds complex, warming flavor. Plus, just 7 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes…

Kale & Sweet Potato Fritters

Friends, these fritters are a must try! The natural sweetness of sweet potato blends beautifully with sautéed onion and nutrient-packed kale. Indian spice blend garam masala adds complex, warming flavor. Plus, just 7 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes required!

Top with our new love, mint chutney, for the ultimate side or snack! Let us show you how it’s done.

How to Make These Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet potatoes, kale, and red onion form the colorful base for these fritters.

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Carrot Ginger Dressing

Recently, while pondering what recipes would be helpful for our readers (and admittedly, ourselves), we were drawn to the idea of more sauces. They add SO much flavor, are quick and easy to make, and are incredibly versatile and perfect for turning ran…

Carrot Ginger Dressing

Recently, while pondering what recipes would be helpful for our readers (and admittedly, ourselves), we were drawn to the idea of more sauces. They add SO much flavor, are quick and easy to make, and are incredibly versatile and perfect for turning random leftover ingredients into delicious meals. And from this desire, this Japanese-inspired carrot ginger dressing was born!

Made with 8 simple ingredients, this lightly sweetened, tangy dressing is perfect for adding to salads, bowls, rice, and beyond.

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Easy Kitchari (Instant Pot Friendly!)

There’s a lot to love about kitchari, the cozy Ayurvedic porridge made with rice and lentils. It’s comforting, nourishing, infused with warming spices, and incredibly customizable. Our inspired take is Instant Pot friendly, making it a 1-pot and 30-min…

Easy Kitchari (Instant Pot Friendly!)

There’s a lot to love about kitchari, the cozy Ayurvedic porridge made with rice and lentils. It’s comforting, nourishing, infused with warming spices, and incredibly customizable. Our inspired take is Instant Pot friendly, making it a 1-pot and 30-minute dish! Let us show you how it’s done.

What is Kitchari?

Kitchari (also known as khichurikhichri, or khichdi) is a dish with ancient roots in India.

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A Round of Applause for This Contest-Winning Crunchy Kale Chaat

Our latest recipe contest, Your Best Restaurant Inspired Recipe, gave us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the hard-hit restaurant industry that has continued to make us superb meals infused with love and passion through the struggles of the last…

Our latest recipe contest, Your Best Restaurant Inspired Recipe, gave us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the hard-hit restaurant industry that has continued to make us superb meals infused with love and passion through the struggles of the last year.

With a massive outpouring of delicious recipes paying homage to favorite local restaurants and eateries, our work was certainly cut out for us. Deciding on the final five was challenging, but after testing and tasting and tasting some more, we were able to narrow the field to our two finalists: Shri Repp's Crispy Kale Chaat and Meredith's Sweet & Spicy Piloncilo Cheese Spread.

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Spring Buddha Bowl with Quinoa & Lemony White Beans

If you love Buddha bowls like we do, this is the perfect one to make to celebrate spring’s arrival. It’s fresh, colorful, satisfying, and so very delicious. We tested many iterations until we got just the right flavor balance and feel confident you’ll …

Spring Buddha Bowl with Quinoa & Lemony White Beans

If you love Buddha bowls like we do, this is the perfect one to make to celebrate spring’s arrival. It’s fresh, colorful, satisfying, and so very delicious. We tested many iterations until we got just the right flavor balance and feel confident you’ll fall in love with this bowl!

Fluffy quinoa pairs perfectly with lemony marinated white beans, massaged kale salad, zesty herbed bean dip, our new favorite Green Goddess Dressing, and (optional but recommended) quick-pickled vegetables for a tangy crunch.

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Kale and White Bean Power Bowls

These kale and white bean power bowls are full of flavor, texture, protein, fiber, and other nutrients. Perfect for meal prep!

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If you’ve been around Budget Bytes a while, then you already know how much I love bowl meals (we even have a whole category for them). So when several people asked me to replicate the Healthy Choice brand frozen Power Bowls, I needed to go see what all the fuss was about. I bought a few, and I have to say, they’re pretty good! …but expensive. So I knew I could do better. Here is my first riff off of the freezer aisle power bowls: Kale and White Bean Power Bowls. Pretty easy, VERY filling, and about half the price!

Overhead view of a kale and white bean power bowl with a fork in the side

My Modifications

This particular bowl is inspired by the White Bean & Feta Salad by Healthy Choice. Since that one had some of my fav ingredients, I knew it was a great place to start. The bowl was nice and filling, but overall it was a touch too sweet for my taste. So here’s what I subbed:

  • Sun dried tomatoes instead of dried cranberries to reduce the sweetness.
  • A homemade vinaigrette that is more tangy than their sweet vinaigrette.
  • Walnuts instead of pepitas. Walnuts just seemed like a better fit for this flavor profile.
  • Brown rice instead of mixed grains (theirs has brown rice, red rice, quinoa, and barley). Using one grain was just more convenient.

P.S. My bowls cost about $1.50 each and the store bought version retails at my local grocery store for $3.99 each ($3.50 on sale when I bought them). WIN.

Make it Your Own

One of my favorite things about bowl meals is that they are endlessly customizable. If you don’t like some of the ingredients I used, you can just swap them out! Here are some options:

  • Spinach instead of kale
  • Quinoa or cauliflower rice in place of brown rice
  • Chickpeas or kidney beans in place of cannellini beans
  • Store bought Greek or Italian dressing in place of the homemade vinaigrette

How to Store Kale and White Bean Power Bowls

This recipe is made for meal prepping. You can keep these bowls refrigerated for about 4 days, or you can freeze them for a couple of months. I suggest using a microwave to reheat the bowls (if frozen, use the defrost setting first, then full power to heat through).

three glass meal prep containers filled with kale and white bean power bowls
Overhead view of a Kale and White Bean Power Bowl with a fork in the side

Kale and White Bean Power Bowls

These kale and white bean power bowls are full of flavor, texture, protein, fiber, and other nutrients. Perfect for meal prep! 
Total Cost $5.81 recipe / $1.45 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 550.05kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain brown rice $0.40

Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil $0.52
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar $0.30
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard $0.05
  • 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning $0.15
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02

Sautéed Kale

  • 1/2 lb. chopped fresh kale (6 cups) $1.15
  • 1/2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.02
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.02

Bowl Toppings

  • 1 15oz. can cannellini beans $0.07
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes $0.83
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts $0.03
  • 2 oz. feta $1.14

Instructions

  • Begin cooking the rice first. The remaining bowl ingredients can be prepared while the rice is cooking. Add the rice and 2 cups water to a saucepot. Place a lid on top and bring the water up to a full boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the rice simmer for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, turn the heat off and let the rice sit with the lid in place for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff just before serving.
  • While the rice is cooking, make the vinaigrette so the flavors have a little time to blend. In a jar or bowl, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine, or close the jar and shake until combined. Set the dressing aside.
  • Add the cooking oil and minced garlic to a large pot or skillet. Sauté the garlic over medium heat for about one minute. Add the chopped kale and salt. Sauté for a few more minutes, or just until the kale is wilted. Set the kale aside.
  • Finally, prepare the rest of the toppings. Rinse and drain the white beans. Chop the sun dried tomatoes and walnuts. Crumble the feta.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, it's time to assemble the bowls. Add about ¾ cup rice to each bowl or container, followed by ½ cup sautéed kale, ⅓ cup beans, and a tablespoon each of sun dried tomatoes and walnuts. Sprinkle a little feta over each bowl. Divide the vinaigrette between four small containers. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  • Reheat the bowls using a microwave just before serving, then drizzle with vinaigrette, stir, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 550.05kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.18g | Protein: 16.58g | Fat: 26.3g | Sodium: 887.8mg | Fiber: 10.1g

How to Make Kale and White Bean Power Bowls – Step by Step Photos

Cooked brown rice in a pot being fluffed with a fork

Start with the brown rice because it takes about 50 minutes to cook and the rest of the bowls can be prepared while the rice cooks. Add 1 cup brown rice to a pot with 2 cups water. Place a lid on top and bring it up to a boil over high heat. When it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, turn the heat off and let it rest, lid in place, for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork just before serving.

Overhead view of homemade vinaigrette in a jar.

Next, make the vinaigrette so the flavors have a little time to blend. Combine ¼ cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar, ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard, ½ Tbsp Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper in a jar or bowl. Whisk the ingredients to combine or close the jar and shake until combined. Set the dressing aside.

Chopped kale in a colander

Next, prepare the kale. I buy pre-chopped kale because it’s super inexpensive and really cuts down on the prep work. I do give it an extra rinse, though, and pick out any large pieces of stems.

Minced garlic and oil in a large pot

Add ½ Tbsp cooking oil and one clove of minced garlic to a large pot or skillet. Sauté the garlic over medium for about a minute.

Sautéed kale in the pot

Add 1/2 lb. chopped kale to the pot with ⅛ tsp salt and continue to sauté for a few minutes more, or just until the kale is wilted. Set the kale aside.

Sun dried tomatoes, walnuts, beans, and feta on a cutting board

Prepare the last few ingredients. Chop about ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes and ¼ cup walnuts. Rinse and drain one 15oz. can of cannellini beans. Crumbled about 2 oz. feta.

Power bowls base layer of rice, kale, and beans

When the rice is finished cooking, it’s time to build the bowls. Start with ¾ cup rice in each bowl or container, ⅓ cup beans, and about ½ cup sautéed kale.

Sun dried tomatoes, walnuts, feta, and dressing added to the power bowl

Add about 1 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes and chopped walnuts on top, and a light sprinkle of crumbled feta. Divide the dressing between four containers. Refrigerate the bowls until ready to eat. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the bowls after reheating, then stir and enjoy!

Overhead view of a Kale and White Bean Power Bowl with a fork in the side

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Kale Caesar Crunch Salad.

Hello, my favorite kale caesar salad! You gorgeous thing, you. I could eat you every single day! My kale caesar is not groundbreaking, but it is something I’ve been making for years. As in, maybe almost a decade? Possibly more?  I have my caesar dressing in many places here on the blog, and also have […]

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Hello, my favorite kale caesar salad!

kale caesar crunch salad

You gorgeous thing, you. I could eat you every single day!

kale with caesar dressing drizzle

My kale caesar is not groundbreaking, but it is something I’ve been making for years. As in, maybe almost a decade? Possibly more? 

I have my caesar dressing in many places here on the blog, and also have some versions of my kale salad (this pizza, this shrimp salad), but not a clear kale caesar post that I can point you to! Which I have needed so many times. Finally, we have a dedicated post to my kale caesar salad! 

Because next to the howsweeteats house salad, this is the most made salad in our house. Easily once or twice a week! It’s Eddie’s favorite salad.

crunchy buttery breadcrumbs

Also, there’s a different version (kale + same dressing + something else!) coming in my new book, Everyday Dinners! It’s another variety that we love so much, especially this time of year, and I can’t wait for you to see. 

If you haven’t preordered a copy of the new book yet, you can do so here! It would mean the world to me, as preorders really play a huge role to booksellers, especially indie stories! The best part is that you can order a signed copy from my favorite local independent store right here.

Woohoo!

everyday dinners

Now back to the caesar. I love all kinds of caesar salads, but kale is our go-to. It’s so chewy (in a good way) and satisfying. It’s hearty enough that if you happen to have leftovers, they actually last a day in the fridge. And my favorite part: it’s a salad you can mostly prep ahead of time. Like, you dress it ahead of time and it only gets BETTER. It doesn’t get soggy or wilty. 

It’s more filling that a traditional caesar too.

kale caesar crunch salad

My caesar dressing uses a base of plain greek yogurt which we adore. It also uses anchovy paste, and I have to say that’s the part that makes it extra special. I’ve said it for years but try not to leave that part out! It definitely adds to the traditional caesar flavor and doesn’t taste fishy whatsoever. I promise.

kale caesar crunch salad

Now the buttery breadcrumbs? Oh my.

Here’s why I like the breadcrumbs over croutons:

With the toasty, buttery breadcrumbs, you can get a bit of crunch with EVERY bite. As a huuuuge texture person, this is so important to me. I love getting crunch with every bite – which also adds flavor, of course.

Yes, of course I love a good homemade sourdough crouton at times. But the crunchy bread crumbs sprinkled all over and spread throughout is key. 

I also like to toss the salad thoroughly with freshly grated parmesan. So parmesan cheese also gets into each lettuce crevice and bite. Salty, nutty wonderful flavor. It’s so darn good.

kale caesar crunch salad

So here we are and I hope you love it!

I know this is a little boring for a Monday inspiration recipe, but it’s a back-to-basics recipe, a staple in the kitchen and something that can be used as a starter course or for dinner itself. It’s versatile, tastes fantastic and is a key recipe to throw in your arsenal. 

kale caesar crunch salad

Kale Caesar Salad

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Kale Caesar Crunch Salad

This kale caesar salad is such a delicious classic! Massaged kale, yogurt caesar dressing, parmesan cheese and buttery, crispy breadcrumbs.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 bunches of curly green or tuscan kale, stems removed and torn into pieces (about 6 to 8 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan, for topping

Instructions

  • Wash the kale and tear it from the stems. You can leave it in bigger, leafier pieces or run your knife through it a few times to shred it up! Place the kale in a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing, add the garlic, yogurt, parmesan, mustard, vinegar, anchovy paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until pureed. With the processor still on, stream in the olive oil until a creamy dressing forms. (This will probably make more dressing than needed, but you can store it sealed in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days and stir well before using.)
  • Add about 1/4 cup of the dressing (or even 1/3 to 1/2 cup if you use it on 2 bunches of kale) on the kale to start and toss well to distribute, even massaging it with clean hands. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • To make the breadcrumbs, heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and stir to coat them in the butter. Toast for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are golden in color and crunchy. Turn off the heat.
  • Drizzle the kale with more dressing, sprinkle with parmesan. Top with the crunchy breadcrumbs. Serve immediately!

kale caesar crunch salad

Throw it on the menu!

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Easy White Bean Skillet

I love a fancy dinner from time to time, but to be honest, simple dinners are my favorite. And not just because they are easy to make. Of course, I appreciate a quick and easy meal, especially on a busy day, but I also love meals made with basic, healt…

I love a fancy dinner from time to time, but to be honest, simple dinners are my favorite. And not just because they are easy to make. Of course, I appreciate a quick and easy meal, especially on a busy day, but I also love meals made with basic, healthy ingredients because they just taste…

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Brothy Beans & Greens with Grilled Bread

With little more than some aromatics and time (also: thyme), drab dried beans become tender and buttery in a richly flavored broth, complete with wilted bitter greens and grilled bread to top it all off. Dried beans are a pantry staple, but it can take some practice to cook them properly! This brothy beans and […]

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With little more than some aromatics and time (also: thyme), drab dried beans become tender and buttery in a richly flavored broth, complete with wilted bitter greens and grilled bread to top it all off.

Dried beans are a pantry staple, but it can take some practice to cook them properly! This brothy beans and greens recipe is our favorite method, resulting in a rich bean broth that’s surprisingly full of flavor. Serve with slices of toasted crusty bread for the perfect meal!

Two charcoal gray bowls with brothy white beans and wilted kale, with slices of grilled sourdough bread

2020 was undeniably the Year of the Bean.

Dried beans were not something we cooked with any regularity before last year. We honestly had no clue what we were doing in the beginning, and the first few batches surely reflected that (mmm crunchy beans).

Surprisingly, now that we have a bit more experience with them, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how good a properly-cooked pot of beans can be. Easily as satisfying as a good plate of pasta, and significantly healthier at that.

We’ve made probably made these brothy beans and greens, or something similar, at least a dozen times in the past year, and every single time it turns out different. So finally, after enjoying yet another soul-satisfying bowl of brothy beans, we decided to start writing things down and fine-tuning our favorite aromatics and additions so we could share it here with you.

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The Absolute Best Way to Cook Kale, According to So Many Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s boiled dozens of eggs, mashed a concerning number of potatoes, and roasted more broccoli than she cares to recall. Today, she tackles kale.

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She's boiled dozens of eggs, mashed a concerning number of potatoes, and roasted more broccoli than she cares to recall. Today, she tackles kale.


Kale has lived a thousand lives.

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