Combine any combination of tender young leafy greens for this dish: kale, beet, mustard, dandelion, turnip, spinach, chard, radicchio, arugula, endive, escarole, and others. Some supermarkets now carry a “braising mixture” that’s perfect. Experiment with different oils, vinegars and mustards to modulate the flavor. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney.
Stir-frying tones down the inherent hotness of the mustard greens, while coconut and lime contribute a slightly exotic flavor twist; red radish adds contrasting color and crunch. Pair this with curries and other spicy dishes. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney.
Rich with collard greens, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes, this delicate soup is healthy as it is delicious. From Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf.
Poppy Cannon was a well-known food editor and cookbook author in the 1950s. She was best known for her shortcut recipes that used canned goods and other “wonderstuffs,” as she called them, but this recipe relies only on fresh, real ingredients —a rarity for her. This delicious recipe for escarole, a gently bitter leafy green (whose bitterness is mellowed with cooking) is adapted from one of her later books, The Electric Epicure (1961). more→
Many people consider broccoli rabe a delicacy, savoring its slightly bitter flavor. Here’s the simplest, most traditional way to prepare it — a quick sauté in olive oil and garlic. And that characteristic touch of sweet raisins to balance the slight bitterness is optional, but do give it a try! You can prepare chard, kale, or escarole this way as well. more→
An invigorating melange of flavors, textures and colors, this is an attractive dish to serve hot or at room temperature. I just love the way the corn, black-eyed peas, and greens look against the dark rice, but if brown rice is what you’ve got on hand, that will work, too. Adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. more→
When I was a kid, we ate sautéed greens from the garden nearly every day. They changed with the seasons, but my mother knew she could count on us to eat our veggies if she made them this way. Hope it works with your kids because the antioxidants, fiber, and chlorophyll are essential to their good health. Contributed by Christina Pirello, from I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Eat it Any More* (Perigee Books, 2011). more→
Bites of tart apple add a delightful flavor twist to this hearty dish of BBQ tempeh bacon with black-eyed peas and greens. Serve with sweet potatoes or fresh corn and coleslaw for a satisfying meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
The slightly spicy orange sauce in this dish is one of my favorites. You can serve it with any greens you like or have on hand, but collard greens are my favorite to use. For a complete meal, serve over or tossed with noodles. Recipe contributed by Lindsay S. Nixon, from The Everyday Happy Herbivore* (BenBella Books, 2011, reprinted with permission).
Yearning for something a little different for dinner tonight? Try using kale instead of lettuce for a salad. A garlicky dressing and bits of sweet cherry add surprising flavor twists. more→
This rustic white bean soup is stockless and gets its goodness and oomph from the beans’ own cooking liquid. Half a dozen sage leaves impart an amazing amount of flavor. It’s just the thing for cooler weather, costs two bucks all told and feeds six. And you’ll have done it yourself. Beans may be cooked a day ahead, if that reduces your anxiety. Plan your life accordingly. more→
Pasta, beans and greens is a classic trio in Italian cookery. It’s easy to see why—the combination is healthful and hearty. Escarole is a sturdy green whose slight bitterness is tempered by cooking. You’ll find it near the lettuces in the produce section. If you’d like, you can substitute an equal amount of curly chicory, or a medium-sized bunch of chard. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→