Hardy Greens

Chard with Brussels Sprouts and Red Peppers

Brussels sprouts with chard

Halves of Brussels sprouts look pretty mingled with any variety of chard, and they taste wonderful together, too, making for a perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Substitute kale, collards, escarole, or broccoli rabe, depending on what’s available. Recipe from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas ©2012, Sterling Publishing. Reprinted by permission. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Potatoes and Collard Greens with Vegan Sausage

Potatoes with collard greens and vegan sausage

Here’s a hearty dish of potatoes and vegan sausage, highlighting calcium-rich collard greens. It’s so hardy, that all you need is a simple salad or slaw to complete the meal. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad

Southwestern Kale Salad

Kale, corn, avocado, and tomatoes add up to a seriously delicious salad. With the optional beans, it’s a fantastic main dish salad. Without the added beans, it’s a great companion to tortilla specialties containing beans—burritos, enchiladas, and the like. Recipe adapted from  Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

How to Make Basic Baked Kale Chips (with a Collard Greens variation)

Homemade kale chips

Here’s a simple how-to for making kale chips. One of the trendiest and most popular things to do with kale is to transform it into crispy chips for snacking. Though I’m more partial to raw kale salad, kale chips enthusiasts report that once these are out of the oven, they’re instantly devoured by snackers of all ages. more→

Sautéed Kale with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

kale with tahini sauce

When lots and lots of kale needs to be used up all at once, this is one of my favorite go-to recipes. A tangy tahini-lemon sauce enhances the flavor of kale superbly. Adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. more→

Puree of Spring or Summer Greens

Puree of Spring Greens

Here’s a soup designed to make the most of kale or chard, spinach, arugula, and lettuces when they become too abundant. 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.  

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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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Sesame Kale and Broccoli Sauté

Sesame Broccoli and kale

Kale and broccoli, two nutritious and delicious green vegetables are a compatible team in this easy recipe featuring Asian flavors. This is a great side dish with other Asian-inspired noodle, rice, or tofu dishes.  more→

Chard with Polenta Wedges

Polenta with Chard and olives

Little wedges of precooked polenta add immense charm to this simple preparation of chard. The flavor and texture of polenta is so compatible with leafy greens; you can use kale or collards in this in place of chard, if you’d like. Olives or sun-dried tomatoes give it a nice flavor twist. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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 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 by Nava Atlas. 

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Cold Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodles and Greens

Simple Sesame 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. Photos by Evan Atlas.  more→

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