Hardy Greens

Puree of Spring or Summer Greens

Cream of Greens Soup

Here’s a soup designed to make the most of kale or chard, spinach, arugula, and lettuces when they become too abundant. For some years, my family belonged to a community-supported farm. There was always an explosion of greens of all kinds—kale, chard, Asian greens, spinach, lettuce, and more. When greens threaten to take over the fridge, I turn to this recipe, which has become an annual tradition! If you love greens and have plenty of them, you’ll find this nourishing recipe useful as well as delicious. Make sure all greens are very well washed. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.  Photo by Theresa Raffetto.

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Kale, Quinoa, and Artichoke Salad

Quinoa, kale, and artichoke salad recipe

Any time you put kale and quinoa together, it’s a winning duo. Not only are they both nutritional powerhouses, they taste and look fantastic together. Cook quinoa ahead of time, and this salad can be made in a snap. For an easy meal, serve with Sweet and Savory Sautéed Tofu, and corn on the cob or baked sweet potatoes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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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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