This was a meal born out of necessity.  I opened the refrigerator to prepare dinner and realized that I was going to have to get creative with a bunch of kale, a bag of potatoes on their last leg and my one remaining onion.  This is when I thanked the universe for mashed potatoes and got to work.  It’s pretty much a guarantee that we’ll be eating these at least a couple of times a month now, they were so delicious and easy to throw together my only regret is that I’ve lived this long without them!  xx- Sarah {recipe after the jump}



4 cups of chopped kale (smaller pieces are best)

1 medium yellow onion, diced

8 cups of 1.5″ cubed new potatoes (I used a mixture of yellow, red and purple)

3 small cloves of garlic

3 tablespoons vegan butter ( I use Earth Balance)

1/2-3/4 cup almond milk

1 tsp sea salt

coconut oil

truffle salt 

chives to garnish (optional)



– Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add washed, cubed potatoes and garlic cloves.  Boil until cubes are easily pierced with a fork.  Drain and add to mixing bowl.

–  While the potatoes are cooking:  Saute onion in one tablespoon of coconut oil until softened, then add cleaned and chopped kale.  Cook until well wilted.  Add a pinch or two of truffle salt, to taste.

– Add kale mixture to mixing bowl with potatoes and garlic.  Add vegan butter, almond milk and sea salt.  Use a potato masher to combine.

– Form small ball of potato mixture in hands and flatten into little cakes.  Cook in a sauté pan with vegan butter or coconut oil over medium/low heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until browned and crispy.  Garnish with chopped chives, sprinkle with truffle salt and serve hot!

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  1. katie|

    YUM. This sounds great, and I have literally found myself with those same few ingredients lately. Need to make this!

  2. Jenna|

    I made this over the weekend paired with a lovely green salad. I topped the cakes with a dollup of Tzatziki and it was DELISH! I experimented with the coconut oil vs the earth balance finding that the earth balance browned the cakes faster. This was a really delish dish! Sarah keep them coming!!!

  3. Sara|

    I made these last night and the mixture was so yummy, the only thing was that the cakes didn't form as firmly as I was expecting. Not sure if it's because my potatoes were very mashed or not cooled enought before I made them into balls or if I used EVOO to crsip on both sides. I just couldn't get it to be firm so I am going to try again and use coconut oil or vegan butter. Even just mashed they were delicious! This is probably the 8th recipe I have made from this blog in the last 2 months and everything has always been easy, simple and delicious!