Kale & Squash One-Skillet Meal

This dish feels like a return to my OG ‘everything in skillet; every dinner with a leafy green’ ways. And it was (almost) glorious. A note of caution: watch your salt levels. I wanted my finished dish a bit on the salty side and ended up veering into bad territory. Oops. Stock, as luck has it, still gets saltier as you cook it down – funny how those constant truths never change.

gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian & vegan as written, FODMAP friendly

Kale & Squash One-Skillet Meal, pictured here with added chicken thighs

Kale & Squash One-Skillet Meal

1 bunch chard, kale or other leafy green

2 cups chopped butternut or other squash variety (I had a big slice off of some sort of pumpkiny thing and it worked well)

Stock (I had FODMAP-friendly chicken stock; vegetable would also work well

Half a jar (1/3 cup when chopped) sun dried tomatoes

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Zest of 1 lemon

Neutral oil

Salt & pepper

De-seed, peel and chop the squash. Wash and chop the chard. Chop the sun dried tomatoes. Zest the lemon.

Add a few good glugs of neutral oil to your largest skillet over medium-high heat. Add the squash and shallow fry until just beginning to soften or until your veggie begins to stick, if you’re like me and decided to give your new cast iron pan it’s inaugural run with something that could have easily failed. Add glugs of stock every time the pumpkin is dry, cooking and stirring frequently until 3/4 of the way cooked through.

Add the chopped chard stems and another glug stock, letting simmer until the stems are tender.

Add the chopped chard tops, lemon zest, chopped sun dried tomatoes and another glug or two of stock and let simmer until the stock has cooked down.

Now, I foolishly added salt & pepper with every addition and mine was way too salty. I’d say add salt & pepper with the squash and then taste at the end to see if you need more.

Despite the saltiness, this dish made a great base for additions and I ended up dressing it different ways for a few days. I added leftover fried potatoes the next day after breakfast. I added some leftover fried up turkey ham and served it with eggs for lunch. Leftover chicken thigh made a good second dinner addition, and I had originally intended on adding sausage to the mix but couldn’t find my beloved Beyond Burger bratwurst (aka the only sausage I can find where I live that isn’t merguez or some sort of Middle Eastern spiced beef varietal).

Serves 4 – 6 depending on how much squash you put in and what you add later – I stretched mine to 6 servings with additions

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