Eat Your Greens
"Eat your greens," your mother might have said at the dinner table. Or now, your doctor will say this to you if you are lucky to have a doctor who knows about nutrition.
Green Smoothies - Green Drinks - Kale Chips - and so many more recipes and blog posts talking about the value of greens in your diet.
It seems that we almost have to live under a rock to not know about the benefits of including greens into our diet.
But what if I told you that eating your greens is not only nutritious but also delicious?
Would you believe me?
If your answer is yes, I need to say no more.
If your answer is no, I challenge you to use this recipe and then, tell me if you still don't like to eat your greens.
curly kale and small broccoli greens in the background
First: What Kind of Greens Do I Use?
The answer is very simple - whatever you can get your hands on.
Here is a list of possible greens which is not exhaustive:
- Collard Green
- Tree Collard
- Curly Kale
- Russian Kale
- Lacinto Kale
- Broccoli Leaves
- Cauliflower Leaves
- Brusselsprout Leaves (younger ones are best)
- Sweet Potato Greens
- Amaranth Leaves
As you can see, this is a pretty big list of possibilities. But there are so many more plant varieties you can use.
After trying a few different combinations, you will find the one you like best. The more tender leaves are best when cooked for a short time.
What I Used
For the recipe I am sharing with you, I used Tree Collards from my garden
Some of the kale you see in the first picture.
Russian red kale I traded at a backyard food swap from this lovely lady.
You can see them in the basket on the right.
I also harvested some Broccoli leaves and some of my favorite green at this time of the year.
Yes, you are seeing this right. Some stinging nettles. So yummy!
A Delicious Greens Recipe
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Green Cabbage
- Brown Onion
- Olive Oil
- Filtered Water for Boiling
- One Large Pot
- One Large Pan - Cast Iron if you have.
- Sharp Knife and Cutting Board
- Collander, or Large Slotted Spoon
First, I took all my greens beside the nettles and washed them thoroughly. Then, I removed all the stems. You could chop them very finely and add them back in or you can give them to your chickens or your compost pile. That is what I did for this batch.
Chop the greens into bite-size pieces. Use way more greens than you think you possibly can eat - they shrink a lot.
Add greens to a large pot filled with filtered water.
Add salt - be generous.
Add peeled whole garlic cloves.
We used 2 heads of garlic for the amount of greens you see in the picture (about 16 cups of tightly packed greens). The pot holds 6 quarts.
Boil for at least one hour - or longer. the greens become very tender.
Half an hour before you want to start the final preparation, add the chopped green cabbage and the nettles.
In the meantime, dice the onion and let sit for at least 10 minutes before using.
Heat your cast iron pan and add olive oil. Add onions and slowly saute until they are translucent.
Add the drained greens and garlic to the pan and sautee long enough until all the greens are mixed with the onion/oil base.
As you can see, this dish is so good that it disappeared out of the pan before I had a chance to take a good picture.
A couple of notes.
- Use your cooking liquid to water a plant. It holds lots of nutrients - or drink it yourself.
- The nutritional value will not be at maximum after such a long cooking time. But people who usually say that they hate greens will like this dish. Look at it as a gateway to more nutritious dishes in the "Eat Your Greens" initiated person's future.
- Experiment with different greens to see which ones you like best.
- Plant your own little field of greens like you see below.
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