Sweet Potato and Kale Couscous

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3 minutes
February 13, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

This flavorful Sweet Potato and Kale Couscous is a healthy way to get more vegetables and cut your carb intake!

Sweet Potato Kale Couscous #healthy #sidedish
Sweet Potato Kale Couscous #healthy #sidedish

I hate to say it, but I’m making an effort to lose a little weight. As it turns out, cooking, eating, and sitting around writing about food all week doesn’t do great things for my figure. The trouble is, I love to eat and despise dieting. I’m a bit torn right now between wanting to enjoy my food and wine and not wanting to be so plump. Since I don’t want to feel like I’m depriving myself of good food, I need to come up with delicious, satisfying recipes that are sneakily better for me. Take this couscous recipe for example. The other night we were enjoying buffalo steaks for the first time ever, which were G-O-O-D and very lean too (read more about that on my Irish Whiskey Marinade post)! Normally, when we have steaks, I like to pair them with a big ole mountain of rice or potatoes or couscous. Don’t worry. There are some roasted vegetables or a salad there too, but only because I’m a (reasonably) responsible adult. I wasn’t prepared to cut the carbs entirely on this particular occasion, but I thought if I mixed my pasta or grain of choice with the vegetables, I could use less and not even notice. It worked! I still had a big mountain of couscous, except the mountain was made up of more vegetables than actual couscous. It also helped that this easy side dish tastes really great. Next time I will use butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes to reduce the calorie count even more. This would also be great with quinoa, but you’ll need to cook it on its own instead of cooking it with the kale as written (or else the kale will be way overdone). Mix it up with different vegetables, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, versatile side dish recipe!

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Sweet Potato Kale Couscous #healthy #sidedish

Sweet Potato and Kale Couscous

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This healthy side dish is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and flavor!

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss sweet potato with 1 tbsp. olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper to taste. Spread potatoes evenly onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or sprayed well with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Carefully stir mushrooms in with sweet potatoes, and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and saute 1-2 minutes, just until fragrant. Add baby kale, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and stir to coat with oil. Cook until barely wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Pour in broth or water, and bring to a simmer. Stir in couscous, turn off heat, and cover. Let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Stir sweet potatoes and mushrooms into couscous, and serve.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Side
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


1 year ago

This recipe is so tasty! I never would of imagined these ingredients coming together, but was happily surprised at how nice it turned out. It will definitely become a go to recipe.

8 years ago

I googled sweet potato, kale, and couscous, as I had the ingredients. I must say, this was a wonderful surprise. Both my husband and I loved it! I didn’t have mushrooms so I roasted a yellow pepper with the sweet potatoes. I will save this recipe and make it again and again. The seasoning was perfect! (I was nervous about the chili powder and cumin)

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

I’m so happy to hear that you liked it, Marcia! Thank you! :)

9 years ago

Great Recipe! Love all the flavors. Just wish the baking of the sweet potato didn’t dry it out.

9 years ago

Thank you, Daphne! Glad you liked it :)

10 years ago

It’s definitely easy to pack on pounds as a food blogger….it’s always nice when I have “healthy food” blogging weeks to keep myself in check :) This dish looks delicious, Andi….I think I would love it!

10 years ago

Thank you, Cathy! I need to do a healthy food month I think! A week isn’t enough to fix me ;)

10 years ago

Terrific dish
I’m a vegetarian and this a GREAT one for me
I could eat it everyday :)
I just looooooooove sweet potato and couscous

10 years ago

I’m glad you like it, Winnie! I don’t do enough vegetarian dishes, so I’m happy this one suits you :)

Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)
10 years ago

I would love to try this! Love the colors too and such a beautiful photo too.

10 years ago

That is so sweet of you to say, Brandie! Thank you! I hope you like it if you get a chance to try the recipe. Have a great weekend!

Zainab @ Blahik Baker
10 years ago

Aieee I feel your pain sister. Cooking and talking about food all week long doesn’t not do well with the hips lol! But this bowl of cous cous will surely help me enjoy in a healthy way!! I love cous cous in any form :)

10 years ago

I’m not changing my ways too quickly because I have a chili dog casserole with cheese fries on top scheduled for tomorrow. Oops. I love food too much to diet, but I’m going to try to make healthy changes were I can! Thanks so much for stopping by, Zainab :)

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