Saturday, June 2, 2012

Eat Greens

When I was a young girl, I would steal the parley garnishes off of everyone's plates. I loved the stuff. Some primal instinct was telling me to devour it. Green leafy vegetables keep me going even when times are tough and the buttery brownies tempt. There is something about them that satisfies a deep need in all human beings, and definitely make me feel like a superhero.

Here is a good list to start out with: kale, spinach, broccoli, green beans, bok choi, mustard greens, arugula, lettuce, spirulina, parsely, cilantro, mint, collard greens, chard, beet greens, etc.


Simple Green Salad: Serves 1 salad-hungry human
This salad can be thrown together in 5 minutes and is delicious and gourmet enough to feed guests. The herbs in the salad give it a good flavor profile, and excellent health benefits. Eat one of these every day. Add cooked chickpeas or cooked quinoa to give it more substance.

- a few handfuls of mixed baby greens
- handful of chopped parsley
- handful of chopped cilantro
- fresh herbs or wild greens if you have them in your garden (fennel, dandelion, chickweed, mint, dill, tarragon, chives etc)

- 1 Tbsp olive oil (good quality- look for extra virgin, first cold pressing, dark yellow color)
- a pinch or two of ground sea salt (or just salt, if you're not that fancy) This is a good time to break out the fancy spiced salts that you had no idea what to do with.
-  pepper if you like

Throw everything in a bowl and dress. Toss together and go for it.

Steamed Green Salad: Serves 1

1/2 bunch of kale/ collard/ chard

2 Tbsp olive oil (good quality)
1 Tsp Balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt

Bring a steamer to a boil on the stove and throw greens in. Steam for 5-7 minutes, until greens are soft but still dark green. Take them out, briefly splash some cold water on them and shake or squeeze the water out. A colander or certain types of steamers are good or this. Put the greens in a bowl, perhaps with cooked quinoa or steamed brown rice. Add dressing ingredients directly onto salad, or mix in small bowl ahead of time and toss into the cooked greens. This makes a good basic side dish.

Fistful of Kale:
Read directions carefully, as kale does not come with instructions in the store

1 bunch of kale

Grab bunch of kale with dominant hand and wield like you might a drumstick (chicken or otherwise). Stick face in kale and sever a sizable chunk with teeth. Macerate thoroughly and swallow. Repeat until primordial kale craving is satisfied. If driving or operating heavy machinery, do not block your vision while face is in the kale as it may become dangerous.