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Vandal Cranberry, Kale and Cinnamon Sweet Stacks

By Lauren Keeney and Wes Bauer

Just like the Idaho Vandals, this Thanksgiving side dish is bright, colorful, and packed with a punch!  This dish is flavorful with a little bit of sweet and a little bit of spicy.  It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and incorporates all of the Holiday side dishes into one.  It’s healthy and delicious on its own, while the flavors are perfectly enhanced with ham, turkey gravy, stuffing, and everything else that the Thanksgiving Holiday brings.  Eat, enjoy, and go Vandals!

Stove: Medium, Medium – high
  • Oven: 450°F 
  • Bake: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 servings 
  • Portion: ¼ c fries and 1/2 c kale


Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1 Large sweet potato, julienned
  • 1 head Fresh garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼  tsp Black pepper
  • ½  tsp Cinnamon

Cranberry Kale

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½  c Sweet onion, chopped
  • ¼ c Dried cranberries, chopped
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • 2 bundles Fresh kale, torn into large chunks (stems removed


Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Preheat oven to 450° F.  Peel and julienne sweet potato. Toss sweet potato and garlic cloves with oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Spread potatoes & cloves out evenly on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake on upper 2/3s of oven until brown and tender, turning once, about 20 minutes total.

Cranberry Kale

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onions, add cranberries, salt & pepper. Cook for about 1 minute, add kale, & stir all ingredients together. Cook until the kale is wilted but still crisp. It won’t take long at all! Add remaining salt & pepper, add additional olive oil if needed. Stir and cook for another minute.

To Combine

Serve warm under a bed of baked cinnamon sweet potato fries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 101; Fat 4g; Protein 3g; Carbohydrates 15g; Fiber 3g; Sodium 164mg

High in vitamins A, B₆, & C, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, & loaded with Omega-6!

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