Finding tasty produce in the grocery stores can be quite a challenge at this time of year. Fortunately, green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach, and many herbs, can be grown indoors in hot houses without losing much flavor. Right now is a perfect time to introduce more green, leafy vegetables into your diet, and, if you seek out products from places like Future Farm in Baldwin, you will be supporting local farmers!
Green leafy vegetables are known as nutritional powerhouses because of the vast array of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins provided. However, eating a big salad every day can become tiresome. Here are some ideas for incorporating a variety of green veggies into every meal of the day:
BREAKFAST (or anytime)
Fried Eggs, wilted greens, and balsamic vinegar Served this over toast, this is a great way to start (or end) the day! Try it with some caramelized onions!
Traveling quiche Place some sauteed greens in the bottom of half-pint jars, add some eggs and milk, and bake for a fantastic grab-and-go breakfast. These also work well made in muffin tins – to prevent the quiches from growing soggy, cool completely before storing.
This tomato and spinach frittata can be made in less than 30 minutes, and tastes just as delicious cold the next day.
Kale Chips Don’t knock them until you’ve tried them! The first time we made these, everyone turned up their noses. But, within half hour, each last leaf had been devoured. If you do not have the seasoning called for in the recipe, straight cayenne is a very tasty substitute.
Spinach lasagna – This link takes you to a super easy version that has become my standby, as it can be put together in a reasonable time. There are tons of fancier options out there in the great internet.
White bean, Kale, and Sausage soup A fantastic use for both kale and your Parmesan cheese rinds.
Hope you enjoy these ideas! Please share your ideas below!
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How do you incorporate green leafy vegetables into your daily eating?