Swiss chard, along with kale, mustard greens and collard greens, is one of several leafy, green vegetables often referred to as “greens.” It belongs to the same family as beets and spinach and shares a similar taste profile. Chard is a tall, leafy vegetable with a thick, crunchy stalk (akin to celery but less stringy) that comes in white, red or yellow with wide, fan-like, ruffled leaves that are similar to spinach but chewier. Regardless of the stalks’ color, they have similar flavors and cooking properties, although the white stalks are most tender. Very tender leaves can be added directly to green salads. (more…)
This recipe, found on simplyfreshcooking.com is a great way to use arugula. The great thing about pesto is that it’s so versatile. You can literally use any kind of leafy green in place of the arugula – even spinach, mustard greens, swiss chard.
The greens aren’t the only thing you can substitute. Choose a different nut – like almonds or walnuts. Just remember to toast them first. This allows their natural oils to be released and their hidden aromas to come out, which means more flavor for your pesto. Yields about 1 cup. (more…)
Here is a greens recipe, from CSA member Veronica Sidhu (author of Menus and Memories from Punjab: Meals to Nourish Body and Soul), using paneer cheese rather than lentils. It is one most Americans are familiar with from Indian restaurant dishes. Recipe may be halved or frozen. Yields 8 servings (4 cups greens without cheese cubes). (more…)
This recipe is a twist on warm spinach salad. It is quick and easy, saving you a step by not cooking the greens. Instead, you warm the dressing and toss with fresh, young Asian greens, wilting them slightly. Older, larger greens are still best cooked as they tend to be tougher. (more…)
In this sweltering heat, if the thought of standing over your stove sauteing, steaming or baking any of your veggies makes you want to head to the nearest fast food or take-out counter, consider grilling at least some of your vegetables. In the time it takes to grill some hot dogs or a steak, you can have wonderful, tasty treats. (more…)
When faced with escarole, which I’m not overly fond of, I had to become creative. I threw this together, and surprise! I loved it! You can use any greens in the recipe. For an easy entrée, add a little more stock to the mix when cooking and toss it with pasta when done.