Greens!

Happy Wednesday!

Here is my article from the farmers market for this week.  The links did not work inside the newsletter so I am copying and pasting it here.  Just a few ideas about how to use up all the greens that are in season right now.

Beet Greens

Beet Greens

Greens, greens, greens…there are so many available at market right now.  From fresh herbs to salad mixes to heartier greens like kale and mustards, leafy greens are among the best vegetables for your health.  All leafy greens are packed with fiber and nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, K, Folate, and Iron.

I talked a bit about dandelion greens last week, but never got to cook any up due to the wonderful weather.   I did, however, sneak some into your salads.  Did anyone notice?  They have a wonderful, slightly bitter flavor, which will be much more mellow when cooked.  I will cook some dandelion greens this Wednesday, as well as some wonderful beet tops, which many folks are unaware are even edible.  Not only are they edible, they are tender and delicious, and have added nutrients due to their red color.  They are similar in texture to swiss chard, but I think they are even more flavorful.

So today I thought I would just give you a few simple ideas for what to do with your plethora of leafy greens.  Click the links for recipes and more information.

  1. Toss a handful into your shake or smoothie.  This is especially good with milder tasting greens such as spinach, because the other ingredients will easily hide that ‘raw greens’ flavor.  Blend well.
  2.  Make a raw Massaged Kale Salad.  Relaxing and delicious for all involved.
  3. Steam greens and toss with your favorite dressing (like the carrot ginger dressing from last week!)
  4. Steam greens, puree, and freeze in cubes.  Toss a few into sauces, soups, stews, and other mixed dishes.  A great way to get greens into those who don’t love to eat them.
  5. Make a frittata.
  6. Make kale chips.
  7. Steam collard green leaves and use in place of a wrap or tortilla.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds amazing!!
  8. Use bits of fresh herbs such as cilantro and parsley to add extra pop to your green salad.
  9.  Make kale pesto. This link contains several other great uses for kale too.
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