|Oct. 8th, 2012 01:49 pm VeganMofo 6: Green goodness|
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I love greens, but I didn't always. In my ovo-lacto days, I referred to myself as a "vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables." Childhood memories of iceberg lettuce covered with French dressing, and the overpowering smell of long-cooked kale, did not inspire me to enjoy green vegetables unless they were well-disguised with cheese or other fatty foods.
Fortunately, I learned that if fresh kale or chard is stripped of the tough stems and steamed or sautéed for just a few minutes, it becomes delicious! I now make these vegetables a regular part of my diet, along with Romaine lettuce, spinach (my favorite green vegetable), bok choy, and other foods I once avoided.
One delicious, simple dish I enjoy is Dr. Andrew Weil's Potatoes with Kale. I sauté in veggie broth as I don't cook with oil, and often substitute chard for the kale. Another tasty Dr. Weil recipe is Tofu and Beet Greens. Again here I sauté with broth instead of oil, and usually use chard.
While I usually remove the stalks from greens, I recently learned that for chard it isn't always necessary. The above recipe, Rainbow Greens, I made just the other day, and it was still delicious (and more colorful!) with the stalks included. It's from Everyday Happy Herbivore, which is rapidly becoming my favorite cookbook. (This particular recipe is not on the web, so you'll have to get the book to try it!)
While I normally cook my greens, I have found a couple of raw greens preparations that I like. The above, Garlicky Kale Salad, I found on the McDougall forums. Massaging the dressing into the kale and letting it marinate makes the raw greens much more tasty.
When I'm too lazy to make a real recipe, sometimes I'll just nuke a box of frozen spinach with some veggie broth and a little garlic powder, dump it over a baked potato, and top with homemade Parmazano (nutritional yeast / almond blend). I always have frozen spinach on hand as I find it much easier to deal with than preparing and cooking fresh spinach. Much healthier and more satisfying than the "Berkeley's Best" food truck baked potato I modeled this after; that one was dripping with melted cheese. Very glad I finally got over my cheese cravings; never would have imagined there would come a time when I would actually crave green vegetables!