BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes

Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.

Produce On Parade - BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes - Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.

Hello there, my sweet doves! Sorry it's been so long, but as you know (if you follow on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter) I've been in Kauai! It was a complete dream. There was lots of Hawaiian farmer's markets attended, playing at the beach, eating at delicious vegan restaurants, and even a nude beach adventure! It got a little creepy, but that's a story for another time. 

I'm happy to be home though, even in the full swing of everything that's happening. It's a crazy busy life and I often have to remind myself that life can't always be a relaxing day at the beach, or a serene ski through the woods. Change is necessary. Even if at the time it feelings overwhelmingly worrisome, exhausting, and stressful. I know that the payoff is big and 110% worth every nerve-wracking minute!

Produce On Parade - BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes - Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
— Anais Nin
Produce On Parade - BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes - Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.
Produce On Parade - BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes - Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.
Produce On Parade - BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes - Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.

Before we left on vacation I whipped up these baked taters, while trying to use up the last of the vegetables in the house. Boy did they hit the spot! It's a great spring time dish to kind of help get you in the mood of summer strolling on down the lane. Todd and I can't wait to do  a lot of BBQing this summer! #grillalltheveggies

Produce On Parade - BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes - Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.

BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes

Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes.

Yield: 4 potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes, whole and unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into half-moon slices
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 large kale leaves, destemmed and chopped
  • ½ cup vegan BBQ sauce, divided
  • ½ tsp ground mustard powder (or regular mustard)
  • dash of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Scrub the potatoes and dry them. Poke with a fork about six times per potato, all over. Place them in a bowl and coat with 1 tbsp olive oil. Next, place the potatoes directly on the center rack in the oven and bake for about 1 hour. Put a baking pan on the rack below the potatoes to catch any oil drippings. When done, the potatoes should be fork tender.
  2. While the potatoes bake, heat the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large cast iron skillet or heavy bottomed soup pan over medium. Add the onion slices to caramelize. This will take about 40 minutes over medium to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. When they are darkened in color and taste sweet, add the garlic and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Next, add the kale leaves to wilt. You may have to wilt them in batches if there isn’t enough room in the pan, but they wilt down quite a bit so don’t be scared of overflowing the pan. Once they are completely wilted and tender, stir the mustard powder into a ¼ cup of BBQ sauce. Next, stir the ¼ cup of sauce into the kale mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. When the potatoes are done baking, Poke a dotted line with the fork from tip to tail of each potato. Push on the sides to crack it open, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle each potato with about 1 tbsp (remaining ¼ cup) of BBQ sauce and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Next, place ¼ of the kale mixture in the middle of the each potato.
  5. Serve hot!
Produce On Parade - BBQ Kale Baked Potatoes - Sometimes you just need a baked potato! Who would have thought that kale dripping in BBQ sauce and sweet caramelized onions would make such a scrumptious combination? This is a easy and uncomplicated meal that just takes a bit of time for the potatoes. It's a perfect introduction to a more summery mood.

 Dutch Word of The Day

Vacation --> vakantie (vah-kon-zee)

Information of The Day

If you occasionally indulge in McDonalds french fries (no judgement, fries=delicious)..they are in fact...surprising not vegan. Or even vegetarian! Check it out in it's ridiculousness here. They assure us nothing they have is either vegan or vegetarian. Good to know. Word has it Burger King's fries are the same, but Wendy's apparently are A-okay! 

Vegan Breakfast Burritos

Todd and I have made this recipe so many times. It's been perfected. Like it's my life's work, you guys. Each time we make it I ask, "Should we take the time to document it for the blog?" and every single time...."Nah, next round we will."

I'm so sorry about that. Sometimes a dish is so good, ain't nobody got time to be messing about with photography and the like. It's all you can do to wait until it's time to dig in! My bad. 

Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.

This insanely tasty burrito all started about a year ago when Todd decided he wanted breakfast burritos. My little brother used to make them all the time, even though I myself had never made them, I knew he used primarily potatoes, breakfast sausage, and scrambled eggs. Erm, not the taddest vegan but a super easy fix with plant-based breakfast patties and a fluffy tofu scramble.

A few tips here. Use the patties as opposed to the ground breakfast sausage, if you're able. The patties have a bolder "breakfast sausage" taste in comparison. I've used both and heavily favor the patties. The tofu scramble is extraordinarily fluffy and soft when the tofu that's packed in water in it's little bin is used, as opposed to the tofu that's vacuum sealed (which I normally favor). 

Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.

I'm terribly excited to finally share one of our very favorite dishes. Todd actually requested these for his birthday, but we've been so busy we only just got around to making them...two weeks later. Whoopsie.

This is a brilliant recipe for someone who's thinking about going vegan or just trying to adapt a more healthy, cruelty-free diet. Breakfast burritos don't really spring to mind as an inherently animal-free dish, but with my version you can have your vegan burrito and eat it too. You've really got to try them. There's no reason to have our furry friends (and chicken ovulation eggs...let's be honest) in a breakfast burrito! No reason I tell you!!

Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
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Vegan Breakfast Burritos
An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese. Tofu scramble recipe adapted from Isa Chandra.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. mixed baby potatoes, cubed
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • sprinkling of seasoning salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • heaping ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 6 frozen vegan breakfast burrito patties, thawed
  • 6 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • dollop of vegan mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. package of vegan shredded cheese
  • dollop of salsa
  • sprinkling of cilantro, chopped
Instructions
First, remove the breakfast patties so they can thaw out. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Wash, dry, and cube the potatoes. Spread them evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and coat with a drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle with a seasoning salt and a dash of ground black pepper. Stir well to coat evenly and bake at 400 F for about 40 minutes, until fork tender.In a large rimmed frying pan, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-low. Add the minced garlic and sauté for a few minutes until fragrant. Next, coat the pan with a nonstick cooking spray and crumble in the tofu with your hands. Sauté for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk together the cumin through and including the water in a small bowl. Add to the tofu and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, scraping up bits that stick to the pan with a metal spatula. Then, stir in the nutritional yeast.Once the tofu is done, transfer to a serving bowl. Add the breakfast patties to the frying pan and break apart into small pieces with a metal spatula. Cook over medium heat for about 5-8 minutes, until browned. Add the tofu back to the pan to warm and combine if you like. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for about 30 seconds. To assemble, place a dollop of mayo in the middle of the tortilla, followed by a pile of potatoes, then some breakfast patty and tofu scramble, a bit of cheese, followed by salsa and cilantro. Fold in the left and right sides first, and then roll away from you to form a burrito!Serve warm with additional salsa if you like.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.
Produce On Parade - Vegan Breakfast Burritos - An insanely delicious and easy vegan breakfast burrito loaded with roasted potatoes, seasoned tofu scramble, browned breakfast patties, and cheddar cheese.

German Word of The Day

Breakfast for dinner --> Frühstück zum Abendessen

Good Deed of The Day

How awesome is this? Vegan nutritionist, Micah Risk, is on the the cover of the October 2014 Runner's World, sporting VEGAN socks! Pick it up at your local magazine stand today to read up! 

How awesome is this? Vegan nutritionist, Micah Risk, is on the the cover of the October 2014 Runner's World, sporting VEGAN socks! Pick it up at your local magazine stand today to read up!