Hooray for Greens! with Chard and Kale Recipes

Red Quinoa with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg

One of my 2013 resolutions is to eat and introduce more dark greens with my family.  My kids already love dinosaur (aka lacinto) kale chips – recipe below.  And we like sauteed greens with garlic (a little bacon helps sometimes for my son).  But I want to embrace a bigger variety of types, recipes and flavors.   I was inspired by Sunset Magazine’s January Eat Clean article and I started the new year by making a lovely recipe from the issue – Quinoa Bowl with Chard and Poached Egg.

 

My daughter and sous chef was really funny when prepping the chard for this recipe.  I took a few photos and a silly video of her using the leaves as pom poms.  I haven’t tried posting a video here.  However another of my hopes for 2013 is to embrace technology and change a bit more.  So here’s a video of my daughter cheering for …..chard.

.chard cheerleader video

 

Kale Chips

These are a great was to get crunch and nutrition into a side dish or healthy snack for your family.  Feel free to try various spices to kick ‘em up.  Be sure to keep an eye on the kale during cooking time to be sure leaves do not burn and turn bitter.

Serving: 4

1 bunch lacinto kale, washed and dried

½ teaspoon sea salt, garlic salt, or other spice

olive oil

 

Prepare two baking sheets with aluminum foil and cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Separate outer leaves from center ribs of each kale leaf.  Discard ribs.

Lay leaves on prepared sheets and spray or brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt..  Bake in oven about 3 – 4 minutes.  Remove tray from oven and turn over each leaf.  Cook another 2 – 3 minutes or until crisp but not charred

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Someone’s in the Salad…

This is for all those who don’t wash their produce….

My son’s school has an amazing garden with fruit trees, herbs, veggies, and even chickens.  Last week my son’s class was able to pick and bring home a bag of assorted greens.  When we got home we put the bag in the fridge.  I was quite surprised that evening, when I opened the bag to wash the lettuces and found a few hitchhikers…slugs and snails.  I thought the kids would be bothered and not eat the lettuce, but I was wrong.  We relocated the critters and washed (and washed again) the leaves to look for any other visitors.  Finally we spun it in the salad spinner.  Even in the spinner we saw one last tiny slug.

Note the round object on inside of bag
escargot anyone?

My son was proud of his lettuce and we enjoyed a tasty salad together.

Now of course if you buy your lettuce at the supermarket, it is unlikley you’ll have slugs and snails.  However it is still possible to have their feces.  So remember to wash and spin no matter if your lettuce comes right from the garden, picked at the farmer’s market or purcahsed at the grocery store.  (Yes, even that bagged salad should be washed)

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