We are going to start out by making the dressing, because it needs to be refrigerated for 5-10 minutes before using it. Place all the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, tupperware container, or anything that has a closed lid.
Give everything a good shake (arm workout for the day, ha) and place into the refrigerator. That is it for the dressing, easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Place a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add butter, stock, and rice to the pot. Bring everything to a boil.
After the rice has reached boil, place the lid on and reduce to a low heat (allowing the rice to steam). My best advice is to follow the back of the rice containers directions, because every type of rice is cooked a little different per the package instructions.
***TIP: you can even do this ahead of time if you are time crunched later in the day.
While the rice is cooking, stem your kale and dice your sweet potato. Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Fill half of the sauté pan with water, and add a heavy dash of salt. Bring the water to a boil.
Add kale to the boiling water, cook for 3-4 minutes. After 3-4 minutes remove the kale from the hot water and place into a bowl filled with ice water. It will stop the cooking process, and help keep the kale bright green vs a dark ugly green. This is called blanching.
Once the kale has cooled down, remove it from the ice water, squeeze out excess water, chopped, and set aside.
Use the same large sauté pan, just wipe it out out with a towel, and place it oven medium heat. Add butter and brown sugar to the pan.
Once the butter has melted add the diced sweet potato with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté this for 8-10 minutes.
Once your potatoes have softened and caramelized; toss in your rice, kale, and dressing with the sweet potatoes. Sauté this mixture for another 5 minutes.
This can be used as a meal (great for lunch and it heats up well too) or as a side. I use it as a side when cooking steaks or chicken. Another positive side note is, it is GLUTEN FREE!!
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