Alfredo with Fresh Greens Kim Rosenwinkel shared this recipe along with this note:
“I made this alfredo dish last night to try to get my kids to eat cooked greens. I used beet greens, but I think it would work with any other greens (kale, spinach, etc.) The greens were plentiful, but adequately disguised so everybody ate it (hee hee!).”
1 lb cooked spaghetti
1 1⁄2 cup 1% cottage cheese (fat free doesn’t melt right)
1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
about 6 garlic scapes, finely chopped
about 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
a hefty bunch of fresh herbs to make 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup finely chopped (packed) (I was out so I used about 1 1⁄2 Tablespoons dried)
1 large bunch of fresh greens, finely chopped
Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add scapes and onions; sauté until aromatic. Add herbs; stir and sauté until soft. Add greens; sauté until wilted and done the way you like them. For my kids, I cooked them down as much as possible; I would normally like a little more body.
Meanwhile, blend the cottage cheese in a blender until creamy and consistent. Add Parmesan cheese to cottage cheese. Add cheese mixture to vegetable skillet. Cook on low heat until cheese melts.
Cook and drain pasta. Add pasta to cheese and vegetable mixture and toss. Serve hot. Watch with glee as the kids eat their greens!
Collard Greens Salad
1 bunch collard greens rinsed and dried.
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, or you could try craisins, or dried cherries …
¼ cup chopped baby leeks
1 garlic clove, minced
red pepper flakes to taste – maybe ¼- ½ teaspoon
1 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/8 cup olive oil
Combine apple cider vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes (or whatever you’re using, leeks garlic, red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon sea salt and pepper. Set aside.
Take several collard leaves and roll into a cylinder the shape of a fat cigar. Using a knife, cut the through the collard cylinder, making strips. Repeat steps two and three until you have cut all the collard leaves. Place strips in a large bowl. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon sea salt over the collards along with the olive oil and massage the greens for about 2 minutes. The greens will start to wilt down and become tender. Transfer the collard strips to the bowl with the apple cider vinegar marinade. This salad is best if left to marinate for a few hours, but can be eaten right away.
Risotto with Greens No greens will be wasted! If you are not sure how to use your greens, make this for dinner! Double the recipe!
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 T. olive oil
1 c. risotto, uncooked
1/2-3/4 lb. fresh greens, trimmed and torn (spinach, collards, kale, chard, mustards, turnip greens, beet greens, etc.)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 (14-1/2 oz.) cans chicken or vegetable broth
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Sauté onion in olive oil in a small stock pan. Add risotto and sauté until golden. Add greens and garlic; sauté until greens are wilted. Stir in broth slowly (one can at a time). Cook, covered, on low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Add black pepper, stirring well. Add cheese, if desired, and blend well before serving.
Toast almonds until nicely browned in a skillet on the stovetop. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add collard greens and raisins; cook, tossing occasionally, until collards are tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vinegar. Serve sprinkled with toasted almonds.
Seared Collard Greens
3 tablespoons Olive oil
3 cups Collard greens
1 pinch Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons Lime juice
Tabasco sauce -- to taste
Wash, dry, and remove stems from the collards. Cut into ribbons about the width of your little finger.
In a wok or the largest saute pan you have, heat the olive oil over high heat until it just begins to smoke.
Quickly throw in the greens, add the salt and pepper, and stir madly for 30 seconds, turning the greens over and over until they have all wilted slightly and have turned a rich, bright green. Remove from heat, add the lime juice, Tabasco, and additional salt and pepper to taste, and stir well.
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Collard leaves are rich in calcium, vitamins B1, B2, B9, and beta-carotene