Hardy Greens

Simple Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

simple kale and quinoa pilaf

This speedy, simple dish features two — no, three — vegan faves — quinoa, kale and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast provides a big B-12 boost and terrific cheesy flavor. What’s not to love? Tart this dish up with a handful of your favorite chopped herbs, pair it with grilled vegetables or tempeh or serve with a salad.

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Ragout of Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Porcini Mushrooms

broccoli rage ragout with white beans

This is earthy stew of broccoli rabe, beans, and mushrooms is quick to prepare and is good served on its own in shallow bowls with crusty bread, or over pasta or polenta. Adapted from Wild About Greens (Sterling Publishing, ©2012) by Nava Atlas. 
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Cold Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodles and Greens

sesame-ginger soba noodles with greens

This simple cold soba noodle dish is laced with lots of kale or collard greens and flavored with a piquant ginger dressing. For an easy meal, serve with veggie spring rolls from your natural foods store’s frozen foods section, and a platter of  slices of baked tofu, tomatoes and cucumbers. more→

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Simple Sautéed Garlicky Greens (Kale, Collards, or Chard)

Simple Garlicky Greens

This is a basic way to prepare sautéed chard, kale, or collard greens — the classic olive oil and garlic sauté. Sometimes simple is best; this is definitely true when it comes to something as good as leafy greens! more→

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Sautéed Lemon Kale

sauteed lemony kale by Sophia Zergiotisfrom Silk and Spice blogThis is one of the simplest, quickest, and nutritious vegan dishes I make. Serve with a side of quinoa, and you’ve got yourself a nutritious dinner. This also goes perfectly with Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds. Add a salad to either possibility, and you’re set. Contributed from Sophia Zergiotis’ blog Love and Lentils more→

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Penne with Chard and Beans

pasta with chard and beans

Chard is a beloved kitchen-garden vegetable in Italian cuisine, from which this pasta dish is inspired. Combined with beans and fresh tomatoes, this stick-to-your-ribs late summer pasta dish will satisfy the heartiest of appetites. A big salad and fruity dessert complete the meal. more→

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Balsamic-Glazed Chickpeas and Mustard Greens

balsamic chickpeas and mustard greens

This fits into the category of warm dinner salads, but you could use it as a side dish for up to four people. Recipe and photo courtesy of Susan Voisin, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen.
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Stir-Fried Greens with Napa Cabbage and Tofu

Stir-fried-greens with tofu and napa cabbage

Napa cabbage combines nicely with darker leafy greens, adding a lighter texture and flavor as well as visual interest. This dish comes very close to being downright addictive. It’s an amped-up variation of Stir-Fried Chard with Napa Cabbage from Wild About Greens,with tofu added, and the flexibility of using whichever kinds of greens are most abundant in your garden or at the farm market. Serve with (or over) a simple noodle or grain dish and a bright, colorful salad. more→

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