Spicy, Garlic-Braised Kale, Carrot and Corn Medley

Time for a quick side dish for Thanksgiving.  How did the holidays sneak up on us so fast?  When I was at the salon the other day someone said, ‘two more paycheques till Christmas’.   I swear everyone gasped!  I think that perspective really drove it home and you could see panic start to spread throughout the room.  Everyone started comparing notes and most confessed that they hadn’t even started thinking about it, let alone do any planning or shopping.  Too much!!

Well, no worries – when it comes to the food, I’ve got your back!  There’s this post for healthy dinner suggestions and this post for healthy dessert options and here I’ve got a little something extra I’m throwing in because the idea popped into my head as I was drifting off to sleep the other night.  Yes, I dream about food – sad, isn’t it?

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I’m all about carrots these days and I know most people like to include corn on their holiday tables so I thought this little spicy jumble of goodness might appeal to those with an adventurous palate.  I added some jalapeno, red peppers and some fun things like ginger and maple syrup.  Sounds a little wacky, doesn’t it? It might be but it’s deliciously wacky!  And when I found these baby organic, tri-colored carrots it was a done deal.

Spicy, Garlic Braised Kale, Carrot and Corn Medley | Simply Fresh Dinners

Of course, this doesn’t have to just be a holiday dish, you can have it any old time and while dinner is cooking, you can prep everything ahead of time and throw it together in 10 minutes.   I even added a wee bit of soy sauce, sesame oil and sherry at the end for that lip smacking flavor.

You can leave out the jalapeno if the kids don’t like it spicy.  This dish is so full of important nutrients for your little guys that you’ll want to include it in your regular meal rotation especially because it takes no time at all.  Best of all when you’re in a rush, you could skip the chopping and just use frozen veggies.  I used frozen corn because that’s all that’s available here this time of year.  Keeping a good supply of frozen veggies on hand is a life saver for busy weeknights.

Spicy, Garlic Braised Kale, Carrot and Corn Medley | Simply Fresh Dinners

If you give this a try, take a quick pic and share with me on Instagram or Twitter.  I’d love to give you a shout out.  Cheers!


Spicy, Garlic-Braised Kale, Carrot and Corn Medley
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh jalapeno pepper
  • 1.5 cups carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips, halved
  • 1.5 cups corn, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups fresh kale, cut spine from each leaf, chopped
  1. Heat oil in large skillet or wok on medium-high heat and add ginger, garlic and jalapeno. Saute for 1 minute. Add carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and corn, maple syrup and salt cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Add kale and cook for approximately 45 seconds or until slightly wilted, drizzling in sherry, soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve immediately.

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Spicy, Garlic-Braised Kale, Carrot and Corn Medley



  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    November 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Good evening Robyn! Your recipes are so full of life, literally. All this color and nutrition, and TASTE to boot! How lovely. How are you dear friend? Is it getting to feel like winter out your way? It is here, finally! I’m cooking up some salmon stew tonight with saffron, white beans and spinach. So good! Enjoy, Anita

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      November 25, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Oh, what a sweet thing to say, Anita! Thank you, xoxo. I love lots of colour in my food. I’m fabulous, my friend. Happy Thanksgiving to you. oxox
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    November 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    The colors in these vegetable make it too pretty to eat but I am sure I could force myself. Sounds and looks healthy tasty and perfect for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted. Have a healthy happy blessed Thanksgiving.
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      November 25, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Thanks so much, Marla. It’s a fun little dish and takes no time to make 🙂 Enjoy your holiday!
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    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    November 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    These veggies look delicious and the colors are beautiful! Great recipe! 🙂
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      November 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Thanks so much, Sherri! I love having lots of colour on the table 🙂
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