Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Eat Your Greens!

Many of us over indulge during the holiday season. Every body could use a daily dose of fresh greens. Greens like Kale, Mustard, Arugula, Chard and even Radish tops are low in calories, high in fiber and highly nutritious. They are high in Calcium, vitamins A, C, K and they detoxify the body with high concentrations of phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants.

Besides all of the health benefits, greens are simply delicious and just about the easiest things to prepare and add to many dishes. After a quick washing and taking off any big tougher stems, I give them a quick rough chop and toss them into soups, stews, stir fries, potatoes, rice, just about anything.


Curly Mustard Greens

For a quick simple side dish, steam for 3 minutes or saute with a little butter/olive oil with a sprinkling of Salt and pepper. I always put a little lemon juice on mine but my husband loves his with vinegar, almost any kind.

As an American, I know many of us love to eat our traditional eggs, bacon or sausage and toast for breakfast, in some way, shape or form. Some of us are smart and add a fruit, but usually only in juice, which takes out all of the good fiber. Now we all know that we are supposed to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and or fruit a day. Ketchup does not count. So here is my recipe for San Francisco Joe's Special. This recipe is great for any time of the day but if you eat it for breakfast, you can get 2 of those 5 servings finished by the end of breakfast.

San Francisco Joe's Special

For 2 servings:
1 T. oil or butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 lb. of ground beef
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 t. of Red Pepper flakes or 1 chili pepper (optional
1-2 big handfuls of greens, stemmed and roughly chopped, see below for options.
4 eggs, beaten
Chives, snipped for garnish

Heat oil or butter in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until transparent and brownish. Add Beef and brown. Add Garlic and Pepper flakes if using, saute for 2 minutes more. Add greens and stir continuously until wilted. Add Beaten eggs and scramble in the beef-green mixture. Do not over cook or the eggs will be tough. Top with chives.

The following Greens work great in this recipe!

Bok Choi
Mustard Greens
Our "Greens" mix formerly known as Saute Mix
Radish Tops


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