Sunday, August 19, 2012

Simple Saute of Greens

I love greens!  This simple preparation method works with most greens.  Kale, Collards, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Chard, Escarole..
  1. Wash your greens well.  Immerse in a large bowl of water, let the sand fall to the bottom, lift the greens out.  Repeat 3 times.
  2. Do not dry the greens.  Chop into pieces.  You can de-stem if you wish, but I usually don't.  I like the texture the stems bring. 
  3. In a heavy bottomed skillet (I like my cast iron) heat a couple tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat.  Add 3 cloves minced garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like heat. Brown the garlic. 
  4. Chop and onion, and add to the browned garlic along with a healthy pinch of salt.  Turn heat up and cook the onion for several minutes, making sure the garlic doesn't burn. 
  5. Add the greens and toss to coat with the onion/garlic mixture. Cook for several minutes.
  6. De-glaze pan with a tablespoon of acid of choice.  Vinegar, lemon, lime, or other citrus juices work well.  Orange is delicious! 
  7. Add some salt/pepper and a tiny bit of citrus zest if desired. 
  8. Cover and cook for 5 minutes
  9. You can spice it up with some chipotle or smoked paprika.  
  10. A bit of nutritional yeast is awesome.. sesame seeds, miso... walnuts, raisins..  add whatever you like! 
Enjoy! I like to keep these greens on hand in the fridge or even freeze them for future use. 

What are you favorite ways to prepare greens?

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