Vegan Leafy Greens Recipe 5

One of those things that I feel like I hear about a lot is how good greens are for you.  Because… they are.  End of post?

Just kidding, I just thought that since greens are so good for you, and can be so delicious with very little effort, I should share my favorite way to cook greens.  It’s a wonderful side dish, or if you toss it with a little pasta it is a super delicious and super easy dinner.

It might sound weird, but when I am trying to focus on eating lots of super healthy foods (like I am this week, having just come back from an epically wonderful vacation), I have been known to eat a big bowl of this as a snack.  It is wonderfully healthy and satisfying.

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I used a blend of greens in here because I can be an “enthusiastic” shopper, so sometimes I will load up on things like greens.  If you have only one of these greens or almost any kind of leafy green This is a great way to use up greens that may be sitting in your fridge and need to be used.  I think I share this tip all the time, but I will share it again in case you haven’t heard it from me a million times already.  I store my greens like flowers: I trim the very bottoms, then put them upright in water (I love mason jars and use them here).  Then I store them in the fridge, but if you don’t have room you can put them on the counter.

Healthy highlight of spinach: You may have heard of beta-carotene, the vitamin that gives carrots their orange color. Well, it might surprise you that spinach is an excellent source of this vitamin! You can’t see the orange color because the green from the chlorophyll covers it. Interesting, right!? The beta-carotene is great for your eyes and your skin. Spinach is also high in iron and a great source of protein (per calorie it has more protein than red meat!).  It has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease, and cancer. In fact, in a study of different vegetables and their affect on prostate cancer, spinach showed significant protection against aggressive prostate cancer. Spinach also reduces inflammation, and recent studies have linked inflammation to depression.  So eat your spinach and smile!! :)

Vegan Leafy Greens Recipe 4

Vegan Leafy Greens
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon EV Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic [minced]
  • 4 stalks Kale [remove the stem and discard. chop the leafy part]
  • 5 ounces Baby Spinach (about 1 cup fresh, tightly packed)
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard [remove the stem and discard. chop the leafy part]
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt (adjust up or down to your taste)
Instructions
  1. In a large pan on medium-low heat add the olive oil and garlic
  2. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, but not brown, about 2 minutes
  3. Add the chopped kale, spinach, and chopped swiss chard to the pan, gently stir to distribute the oil and garlic
  4. The pan is going to look super full, the greens will wilt a lot in the next step
  5. Loosely cover the pan with the lid or a piece of foil
  6. Allow to steam about 3 minutes, or until the greens wilt enough to stir them easily in the pan
  7. Remove the lid/foil and crank the heat up a bit to a med-high heat
  8. Cook until the greens are wilted but not mushy, and there is not a lot of excess water in the pan, about 3-5 minutes
  9. Serve and enjoy!! :)

 

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