Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Making greens palatable

Here are a few recipes for you to try in an effort to increase your leafy green consumption.

Even the kids might like this. Try it instead of chips!

Crispy Kale
Sea Salt
Olive Oil

Lightly toss chip size pieces of kale in olive oil and sea salt. Spread on parchment paper lining a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees on one side for 7 minutes. Flip the "chips". Bake on second side for another 7 minutes. Because ovens vary, check kale after 3 minutes on the 2nd side. Serve this tasty treat with hummus, guacamole dip or fresh salsa.

I've eaten these along with scrambled eggs for breakfast. A great start to your day!
Simply Delicious Collard Greens
Collard greens
Sea Salt
Raw butter or cultured organic butter

Remove the spines from the collard greens. You may discard them, save them for juicing, or slice them very thin and use them. If you choose to use them, begin a water saute and add the spines first. Be sure to cook them for 3-4 minutes before adding the leaves because they are extra fibrous and can be difficult to digest. Next, add the leaves and saute until bright green, but taste tender when tested. Do not cook them so long that they turn gray and mushy! Drain lightly and toss with good quality sea salt and raw or cultured organic butter.

If you don't have access to raw or cultured organic butter (Whole Foods sells a cultured butter), I would at least recommend using organic butter. My reasons for eating largely organic, and especially organic dairy will be for another post. I'll also take note to bring up the benefits of sea salt over regular salt in a later post.

I make this dressing a lot. It is simple and tasty.

Homemade Dressing1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh squeezed juice of one lemon
2 cloves of garlic
Sea salt or Herbamare to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or Vitamix-type blender on low) and blend until mixed well.

You can find most of these ingredients in the organic section at Giant Eagle (our local grocery store). I can only find Herbamare at Whole Foods. It's not absolutely necessary, but I like it and buy it if we happen to be near a Whole Foods. It is an organic herb seasoning salt. The label states - "flavorful preference to table salt".

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