Taking an inventory of left overs in the fridge today, I decided to go crazy and make three dishes using various greens. I seem to go through these phases where greens occasionally show up in my diet, and then all of a sudden the body says..”Hey, need those extra vitamins.” Greens are packed full of calcium, Vitamins A,B,C, and E. They are extremely versatile and are a cinch to make.
Recipe 1: Zippy Yams and Collards
2 small yams cut into bite-size chunks
1 onion, sliced
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Thai Red Curry Paste
1 bunch of Collards, sliced
Place yams in a deep skillet with enough water to cover. Cover skillet and cook for 5-10 minutes until soft. Add onions and garlic. Simmer until half the water has boiled away. Add Worcestershire sauce, curry paste, and collards. Simmer until collards are soft. Squeeze lemon over mixture and serve.
Recipe 2: Caldo Gallego with Kale
Get recipe here.
Recipe 3: Garbanzo beans with Swiss Chard
The one thing that is worth the extra step in this recipe is to soak dry garbanzo beans for 6 hours and cook them with a piece Kombu. Here is a great article about soaking beans and all the benefits of doing so. The Kombu adds salt and minerals to the beans, and the soaking gets rid of most of the complex sugars that ummm can cause some “issues” for people after eating beans.
The sauce is a simple tomato/onion/garlic/cumin mixture my friend Laura made one night and tossed the beans in afterwards. Make sure you just have more beans than sauce and then add the swiss chard to steam for a few minutes.
Last but not least, a quick tip and a new item.
Ever have a recipe that calls for a squeeze of lemon and you are left with the rest?
Simply juice the lemon.
Label and store in a small container.
And toss in your freezer until the next recipe that calls for a squeeze of lemon juice. My mom has even frozen her extra lemon juice in an ice cube tray.
I LOVE COFFEE! Unfortunately, caffeine does not love me. So when I have a cup a few times a year, it better be amazing! I usually put organic creamer in, but came across this item today at Whole Foods and can tell you it is soooo good.
I posted awhile back on this company’s coconut milk ice cream. It is in mid-20’s here, so will be some time before I buy ice cream, but my peeps back in Florida, try it out- DUH -LISH- ISH!!