Greens, greens and more greens

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Paul Leddy

Jun 21, 2010, 12:51:42 PM6/21/10

Hello all,


I help with compiling recipes and writing the occasional column for our CSA’s newsletter.  This week, the editor gave me my assignment for next week:   “For Week 3, I am beginning to struggle with finding new things do/say about all the greens.  Greens, greens and more greens coming next week.  Would it be possible for you to craft a column about "greens"?  We've had spinach, arugula, mixed Asian greens, the Chinese cabbages...and the salad greens.  I think the kale and chard will start kicking in next week as well...and I'm expecting greens to continue to be a weekly thing.  People may need some new ideas/tricks on how to manage them all.”


I love Diana’s recipe for Swiss Chard soup and with your permission I would like to share it with our members (I will reference the website).  Are there any other ideas out there for how you are using your greens? 


I am new to the list and I can’t wait to share new ideas with each other this year.


Happy cooking!




Heather Lalley

Jun 23, 2010, 8:43:36 AM6/23/10
I would love to see that column, Paul. We get tons of greens, too.

I use lots of them in Green Smoothies. Roasted kale chips are wonderful. And you can always toss them into soups. They're also great sauteed with eggs.

I'd love to hear other uses for all of those greens.


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Amy Martell

Jun 23, 2010, 9:30:09 AM6/23/10
I have to say, even I am swimming in almost too many greens for me to handle.
Would love if anyone has ideas for escarole, other than white bean and escarole soup!


Patricia Eddy

Jun 23, 2010, 3:22:14 PM6/23/10
Here are a few of my favorites:

Lacinato Kale with Black Bean and Garlic Sauce:
Mostly Plants Breakfast Squares:
Kale and Tomato Pesto Bake:

Most of these can be repurposed with any green (except maybe spinach,
since that would wilt quickly). But for spinach, try a spinach soup.


Heather Lalley

Jun 23, 2010, 5:26:24 PM6/23/10
I LOVE the idea of the mostly plants breakfast squares. I'll definitely be trying that one. Thank you!


Amy Martell

Jun 23, 2010, 8:19:36 PM6/23/10
We've mentioned green smoothies and juices as options for greens, but
another great raw option is raw soup!

For tonight I blended up some romaine, arugala, chard, an avocado, a
bout 1/4 cup walnuts, a few sundried tomatoes, a garlic scape, lemon
and lime juice, cilantro, parsley and some s&p, a dash of cayenne, and
enough ice water and ice to make cold and creamy.

I topped it with some crushed tortilla chips and a bit of salsa.
Perfect for a hot, humid night!


Jun 24, 2010, 7:20:22 PM6/24/10
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Here are a few of my favorites for chard:

Balsamic Chard and Zucchini:
Tangy Vegetables and Chick Peas Over Couscous:

And kale:

Kale with Red Beans, Cilantro and Feta:
(adapted from Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's
Farmers' Markets)
Kale and Onion Frittata:

You're welcome to use any of these, but please link to my blog:

Good luck!

Harriet Bowden

Jun 26, 2010, 4:41:26 AM6/26/10
Hi all -

I'm new to the group, live in Knoxville TN and have joined a CSA for the first time this year. Like others, we have had LOTS o' greens so far. I wanted to share a couple of excellent recipes I found to make use of tat soi and bok choy:

Gingery tat soi with tofu steaks:

Bok choy salad:

Note: I followed both recipes closely except: for the tat soi dish, I didn't have sesame oil or seeds, so used canola oil and skipped the seeds. In the bok choy salad I dressed with only about half the dressing. Both were REALLY good!

My other favorite use for greens is in quiches. Most of the greens work great, chopped and lightly sauteed before putting them in a (crustless) quiche with about 4 eggs, 1/2 c. cottage cheese, 1/2 c. milk, 3/4 cup shredded cheese, 1/4 cup each diced onion and peppers, and a splash of hot sauce. (Cook @ 350 for about 35 minutes). My 2-year-old loves this and I do too!



Jun 26, 2010, 8:30:45 PM6/26/10
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I just made an Asian rice dish with chard last week that was great. I
think this would work great with almost any kind of green:

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