Saturday, February 13, 2010

Navy Bean, Sweet Potato, and Kale Bake...Bonus New Camera!!!!

I was under the incorrect assumption that Fred and I had agreed to refrain from gift giving on this, our first Valentine's Day as married folk. When will this girl learn? Last night when I got home Fred was very excited and said there was something for me in the kitchen. Hmmmm. I thought maybe he made dinner. Oh no! There was a pretty good sized box wrapped up on the table for me. I opened it up and much to my great surprise was a brand new camera!

This happens to be the second camera he's gotten me since we met. The first one he felt obligated (silly!) because he dropped my old camera and the door to the battery would not close. It still works, but it drove him crazy. The last one he bought has been used and abused. They just don't make them like they used to I guess, because after only 1 1/2 years of use it is on it's last leg. Boo for planned obselescence.

Anyhow the new beauty is a Sony DSC-HX1. It is really cool. Way more fancy pants than the last one, which was pretty awesome as well. It has lots of special functions for all different shooting conditions. I was super excited that it has a "gourmet" mode. Seriously. It is a mode specifically for photographing food. Is it just me, or are the colors in the picture below really vibrant. Hurrah gourmet mode!!

Today as always I am always thinking of more ways to get my beans and greens for extra iron. I took a look around the pantry to see what I could come up with at 5am for lunch today. Here's what developed. It is a warm homey simple dish. It only requires one pan for easy clean up. Enjoy in good health!

Navy Bean, Sweet Potato, and Kale Bake

4 servings

2 large yams, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium yellow onion, sliced in half then thinly sliced
1 (15 oz.) can navy beans
2 cloves garlic minced
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Blend seasoning (I like Penzey's)
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (again Penzey's 4S is recommended) or to taste
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large bunch lacinto kale, cut into bite sized pieces
1 tablespoon vegetable broth or water

Preheat oven to 350.

In 9 x 13 glass baking dish toss all ingredients except for kale. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes until sweet potatoes are just barely soft. Remove from oven and toss in kale and water or broth. Bake for 10 more minutes or until kale is slightly wilted.


  1. OH, I am so jealous of your brand new camera. The photo looks fantastic, as well does your food! The farmers market was a no go, long story, and I can fill you in at TJ's. Oh well, her loss. Happy Valentine's day to you and yours. Eat lots of chocolate and drink one too many glasses of wine. (:

  2. Thanks! I need to come in. I'm working 12 hour shifts all week, but may stop in tomorrow to find something special for my honey. I need some pretty chocolates.

  3. You are kidding about that gourmet mode! That is soooo cool! The photo is wonderful and the food look delicious.

    How sweet of Fred.

  4. I know I couldn't believe it...both the gourmet mode and Fred's awesomeness.

  5. wow that sounds really tasty! And I think the pic does have more vibrant colors - good on Fred! (and presents for VD are in his job description, so dont ever think he's not going to get you at least a little something!)

    Are you interested in growing sweets? I've got a couple of them I'm sprouting now, because theh leaves and vines are really high in protein and vites (b's apparently) and its like crack for the torties. I've not eaten the greenery myself (I've tasted it, kinda like spinach) but apparently its a well known asian veggie.
    Let me know, because in a couple of weeks I'll have a bunch of slips to put out.

  6. and it grows like a weed, doesnt need much in the way of fertilizer, and loves loves loves the summer heat.
    and its pretty, too.
    (and of course, there are the tubers in the fall)

  7. I'm all over that Daph. I love sweet taters so much. I'm very curious about those greens.

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