Kale and Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowl

by on April 23, 2011

I can’t believe that I forgot to post this little gem earlier in the week because it’s probably one of the best dinners I’ve made in a while.


I was prepping ingredients for meals during the week and ended up getting hungry and throwing it all in a bowl.

As it turns out, the meal came together quite easily and the flavors accented one another well. I loved it so much I ended up having the same bowl for lunch and dinner the next day! You never know what a night of meal prepping will bring to fruition. :)

Kale and Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowl

The bowl contains:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup blanched kale
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas
  • 1/2-3/4 cup roasted sweet potato chunks
  • creamy peanut sauce
  • sea salt and ground black pepper

Here’s how it all came together:

Long grain brown rice: I made a big batch on the stove.

Chickpeas: I cooked a big batch in my pressure cooker- it took only 11 minutes!! <3

Sweet Potatoes: I chopped 1 sweet potato into 1/4 inch chunks, sprinkled on sea salt and baked them on 400° for 30 minutes.

Kale: Blanched 1 bunch of kale in boiling water for 3 minutes, placed the kale in ice water and then drained it. (I’ll note that blanching kale is now one of my fav ways to prepare it as the blanching process makes it softer and easier to chew. )

Creamy Peanut Sauce: I halved this recipe and used the following:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/8 cup tamari, shoyu or soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup brown rice syrup
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • water, to thin

You simply put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend. Then add as much water as necessary to make the consistency that you like. Even with halving the recipe, it makes quite a bit so you’ll have plenty to store in the fridge for later. (It tastes good on everything!)


What I LOVE about this bowl is that it is sooo easy and versatile. You could totally add or switch up ingredients and it would still taste lovely. Although, I must say that the blend of kale, chickpeas, sweet potatoes and peanut sauce is top-notch!!

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend. We’re headed to a friends wedding in Orange,VA and staying the night with my mom. Should be a fun little adventure!

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I need to get on this kale train! I see it everywhere! Must mean it is pretty amazing…


xq April 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

yum, these are so many of my favorite foods, in one!


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

That looks so tasty! Your pictures are fantastic, too!


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I love meals like this! Looks great. :-)


Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Yum – I love greens with warm sweet potatoes or butternut squash.


The Healthy Apple April 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Love that peanut sauce, Britt…seriously going to make that tomorrow.
Have a great Easter! xoxo Miss you and Love ya.


Eating Bird Food April 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Miss you too lady!! Come visit RVA. :)


Lauren April 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

This bowl looks incredible. I need to make more rice bowls, you’re right they are so easy and versatile.


Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) April 24, 2011 at 11:33 am

that brown rice bowl looks awesome!!!


tea-bag April 24, 2011 at 11:57 am

oh! i love kale & sweet potato! during thanksgiving i add steamed kale to smooshed sweet potatoes & lightly cooked cranberries. it’s sweet, savory & tart!
can’t wait to try adding your recipe now!


Mandy @ One Hungry Mess April 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This looks amazing! Making this asap! :)


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I love when recipes are completely accidental. Your bowl looks fantastic!


Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel April 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

YUMMY, a perfectly delicious bowl :)



megan @ the oatmeal diaries April 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Looks like such an amazing dinner! Love the pink bowl too :)


LauraJayne April 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I’m pretty sure I’ve never met a brown rice/garbanzo bean combination I didn’t like! I love peanut sauces too – totally sweet and savory – this looks totally delicious! Thanks for posting the sauce recipe!


Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

Ooh, this sounds really good!


Jennifer April 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Nice blog! I am so going to try put this recipe this week :-)


Tamara May 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

WOW, made this recipe last week after keeping it up on the computer for about 3 weeks (should have made it when I first saw it!) . It is to die for and my families new fav!!!! Thx Thx Thx!!!


Eating Bird Food May 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it Tamara!


Kendra Kat August 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Made this tonight for dinner and it was AMAZING!!! So delicious! I made it exactly as you but choose to garnish it with a small handful of peanuts. My fiance and I are vegan and I love seeing that you have many recipes we can use. You should really consider writing a cookbook, I would buy it just because this Kale & Sweet Potato Rice Bowl was so freaking good! YUM!!!


Superfood Sisters December 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm

This looks absolutely delicious!!


Emily C March 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Made this peanut sauce this afternoon! I used sun-nut butter instead and apple cider vinegar instead of rice vinegar. I also added in some chopped green onion. So delicious! I could put this (and intend to) on everything!


Eating Bird Food March 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

So glad you liked the peanut sauce Emily. I definitely put it on anything and everything!!


Kalin Riesgraf August 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Hello! I’m trying to convert over to a Macrobiotic diet, came across your website in my hours of googling what I can eat and not feel like life is over…… I just made the kale sweet potato & brown rice bowl! OMG….amazing!! I substituted Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter…. Did I say I thought life was over?!? If food with this diet is this good, life has JUST begun!

I will be sure to follow your blogs and test out many more of your recipes… thanks SO much!! Cheers to great health :)


David November 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

This looks great. I have all the ingredients to make this. I will try it soon.


Mindy April 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Thank you! This was really wonderful! My family is not always easy when it comes to dinner and this was a huge hit!! Definitely making this again and spreading the word… Thank you!!


Beth April 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

This is such an amazing looking recipe, but I totaled up the calories and there are approximately 1225 calories! The peanut sauce alone has 852 calories! I could easily eat half this recipe for a quick dinner (the whole thing if I’m really hungry) but I can’t do 425 calories of peanut sauce, much less 852! I really want to try it because the other ingredients are so healthy!!

Can you think of some viable, low calorie peanut sauce substitutions that would make it just as tasty?


Ginger June 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Recipe looks great even for a non-vegetarian! Can’t wait to see others.


Rebecca July 2, 2013 at 4:17 am

I googled a recipe that I could use sweet potato and brown rice and I’m so glad I found this. Wow!! It’s still cooking, waiting for it to finish but..it has been so easy to make and I tasted the sauce and its so yummy!! People say I eat like a bird…and now I really do :) Yum! Thanks for the great recipe. Can’t wait to put it all together and enjoy.


Brittany Mullins July 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

Yay! I hope you loved it.


SUZANNE October 20, 2013 at 4:45 am

Hi, I’m going to LOVE this! Do you peel the sweet potatoes when you make this, or skins on? Thanks! And thank you sooo much for thia recipe. Cannot wait to make!


Cherry November 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

brown rice syrup has high levels of arsenic! be careful when using. other substitutes include maple syrup, honey, molasses, agave, etc.


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