Archive for the ‘Greens’ Category

Garlic Scape Dressing

Garlic scapes are the curly fresh flower stalks that hard neck garlic produces.  They are available almost a full month before heads of garlic are so rather than use imported garlic, start using the scapes!

In a food processor blend together

1 hand full garlic scapes (about 1/4 cup chopped) with

the juice of one to two lemon

Once the scapes are well blended, add in 1/3 cup olive oil and blend well.

Toss with chopped Kale, Romaine, or your favourite green.  Serve over green beans, on new baby potatoes or steamed broccoli.

Variations

Sometimes I add in Parmesan cheese to the food processor

Sometimes I add in some black pepper, or use lime juice instead of lemon juice

If I am wanting this to be a caesar salad dressing, I’ll add a few anchovy fillets to the food processor

 

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Greens with Peanuts

From Judy Gorman’s vegetable cookbook

.5 lb kale, swiss chard, spinach or beet greens, ribs removed if kale or chard

.5 cup peanuts, toasted if you would like

3 tbsp oil or butter.

Steam the greens until tender.  Beet greens, chard or spinach will take 5-10 minutes, kale will take longer.

Run the greens under cold water to stop them cooking.  When cool enough, wring out the excess water from the leaves.

Crush peanuts in a food processor (not too much), or put them in a plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin until in smaller pieces.

Heat oil or butter in s pan, add greens until heated through, stir continuously.

Remove pan from heat, sprinkle with peanuts, add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Greens with basil, tomato, garlic and ginger

From the “Greene on Greens” cookbook.

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion finely chopped

1 clove minced garlic

2 tomatoes, peeled, stems and seeds removed, chopped

.25 tsp ground ginger

4-5 cups chopped greens, any kind.  If Swiss chard or kale, remove the ribs.

.25 c chopped fresh basil

salt and pepper

1. Heat oil or butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft (about 5 minutes)  Add garlic and cook for another  minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes and ginger.  Cook until slightly thickened, stir occasionally.

3. Stir in the chopped greens.  Cover the pot and cook until the greens are wilted and tender.  Stir in the basil just before removing the greens mixture from the heat.

4. Remove pot from the heat.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot or warm.