The first produce from your garden is often greens – lettuce, spinach, and arugula just to name a few. You can only make so many salads, but greens are some of the most concentrated sources of nutrition there are. So how to make use of that abundance and keep it from going to waste?
1. Green Smoothies!
These are my favorite and, made correctly, can be better than a milkshake! The greens are broken down and digested more easily so you receive added nutrition and your body doesn’t have to work as hard. Put in a few handfuls of raw greens, add frozen fruit, some water or almond/soy/rice milk, a dash of vanilla, and Presto! You have a delightful, filling and refreshing drink.
2. Add Them to a Soup
Vegetable, barley, or even chili; greens are inconspicuous and play well with other flavors.
3. Put Greens on a Sandwich or Wrap
My favorite is an open-faced sandwich with southwest hummus, tomato, and avocado. Yum!
4. Pair with Beans
Black, white, red, or navy; beans love greens! Top with a little pepper and salt and you’ve got a delicious side or main dish chock full of protein and zero guilt.
If you aren’t a vegan like me you can also….
5. Mix with BACON
Even I like bacon, and bacon with greens and the ever-appropriate salt and pepper is a joy for the senses.
6. Wrap in an omelet
Lightly sautéed greens are really delicious in an omelet with the usual cheese and mushrooms.
7. Bake in muffins
Puree greens and mix them in scones (herb and cheese anyone?), blueberry muffins, even brownies!
8. Use as a pizza topping
Want to feel like you’re really eating a pizza in Milano? Try topping it with fresh mozzarella and arugula.
The bottom line is you never have an excuse to waste greens, because they really are the ninjas of the vegetable drawer. You can mix them into literally anything and no one will even know they’re there.