Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Another fresh use of all kinds of greens is to add them to smoothies. By blending the raw greens, the enzymes and vitamins are preserved and they are broken down to be most easily digested. The combination of fruits and greens make a wonderful breakfast or a nutritious snack. Many people swear by the health benefits of a daily green smoothie.
A simple method to prepare a green smoothie is to fill the blender with washed and roughly chopped leafy greens (any kind, or even a mixture of several varieties can be used). Add just enough water or fruit juice to get things moving. Allow the blender to run long enough to create a smooth texture. Then, add the fruit. 3-4 pieces of fruit is a good ratio to a blender-full of greens. A banana is always a good choice for sweetness and texture. Oranges, mango, pineapple chunks, unpeeled apples, or a few handfuls of berries can be added according to flavor preferences. Supplements such as ground flax seed, coconut butter/oil, omega 3-6-9 oil, or any others are other great additions to boost any smoothie creation. Natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, and stevia can also be used. Get creative and have fun with all the possibilities!
Check out the following sites for more recipes and information on the benefits of green smoothies:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
In case you were wondering about how good beets are for you nutritionally, here is a brief article from the NY Times entitled Beets: The New Spinach. You will find links to more beet recipes here and instructions on how to roast beets.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The list is currently incomplete with the hopes that I will reach the goal of 100 very soon. If you have ideas for me, please feel free to share them as well.
Here is the list:
Sunday, December 7, 2008
- 1 bunch greens, washed and tough stems removed (so far I have successfully made this with lots of different greens: mustard, mizuna, arugula, turnip, beet, chard and any mix; I have not tried it with kale, however)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed (or roasted if desired)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Oregano, basil, thyme, crushed red pepper, etc. to suit your tastes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Blanch greens in boiling salted water. Drain, reserving liquid (if you are averse to the bitterness of the greens, you can discard all of the water and use fresh water for the sauce). Transfer greens to blender with garlic, olive oil and spices. Add enough cooking liquid or water to aid blending (adding by the 1/4 cup as needed)--it's better here to err on the side of less liquid than more. Puree mixture thoroughly. Transfer to a heated skillet and saute briefly to help the flavors meld. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid in the mixture depending on your use: for pizza sauce, it should be thick enough to spread, but for pasta sauce it can be thinner. If you ended up with a sauce too thin, you can simmer it longer to drive off the water, but the more you cook the greens, the fewer nutrients they retain. Also note that some greens (spinach, chard, probably others) contain oxalic acid, which will cause them to discolor (darken) when cooked in cast iron.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
1/4 c. Bragg's liquid aminos