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The Pantry Capsule: Spicy Protein with Kale & Mash

Hardy with a little spice. I love this meal for a well rounded plate of delicious food. Plus, it's so flexible to what you like! Refer to our Pantry Capsule list if you need to stock up.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: loaded mash, mashed potato recipe, spicy mash
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 516kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston



  • 1 tablespoon oil ghee or butter
  • 3 large potatoes sweet or russet, peeled if you like
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • ½ cups broth
  • ½ cup shredded cheese optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sauteed greens

  • 1 tablespoon oil butter or ghee
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vinegar


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb. chicken cubed  - OR - shrimp - OR - tofu
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • Optional: hot sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Rustic Potatoes:
  • Fill a large pot with water, add potatoes and bring to a boil, cook for 15-20 minutes until soft.
  • I like to keep these rustic and chunky by simply smashing and adding salt, butter/oil, milk, broth, cheese. Continuing mashing until well combined.
  • Add the butter/oil over medium heat.
  • Add protein to the pan and sprinkle with seasonings. Cook through, set aside. 
  • Heat the butter/oil in a nonstick over medium heat
  • Add the greens, garlic, vinegar and saute until soft/wilted.
  • Serve protein and kale over mash and drizzle with hot sauce.


If you're not a kale/greens person, just warm up some frozen peas to add a little green to your dish.


Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Potassium: 1232mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7210IU | Vitamin C: 102mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 7mg