Make Your January Blues Green
I don't know about you, but I sometimes get stumped on how to incorporate greens without them being in a salad or on a sandwhich.
The internet is loaded with alternative uses...hello Pinterest!
Below are 8 alternatives for incorporating those must-have healthy greens in to your diet.
1. Soups and stews - adding kale or Swiss chard to a Chicken or beef stew.
2. Kale chips are a crunchy alternative and easy peasy to make - tear leaves in to chip-size pieces, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with cumin, herbs, salt and pepper and bake at 300F until crisp. Enjoy guilt-free!
3. Breakfast (a favourite way of mine) - add escarole or spinach to your scrambled eggs. It's yummy, adds bulk and keeps you full longer.
4. Fry-em! - I actually prefer spinach when it has been cooked. The flavours pop! A stirfry can easily handle herbs, swiss chard, spinach and so on.
5. Starter - ok this one is pretty much a salad. But it's so easy and so yummy! Top mustard greens and/or Boston lettuce with a ripe pear, blue cheese and totasted walnuts. Drizzle Heart healthy nut oil based dressing and voila...your starter...add a protien and you've got lunch!
6. Pasta - another great spot to add cooked greens. Add garlic, mushrooms, spinach or kale and oregano in olive oil, cook until tender and toss with cooked pasta. I like to add green peas and shrimp and of course a little fresh parmesan.
7. Bruschetta 2.0 - Saute chopped kale with olive oil and garlic. Place spoonfuls on toasted baguette, top with pine nuts and Asiago cheese.
8. Quick side - Chop escarole and saute in olive oil with red pepper flakes and garlic until wilted. Sprinkle with roasted pine nuts and drizzle with balsamic.
So there you have it...and there are a million other ideas on the good old internet. Find your favourite!