Now who doesn’t love broccoli? This is one of the most kid friendly vegetables and it is delicious cooked or raw. Not only is it tasty but it is also high in vitamins C, B, and K, as well as iron. My favorite way to prepare it is with olive oil, garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes.
It is best stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Double Garlic Broccoli
This recipe is based on one of my husbands favorite dishes at a local Chinese restaurant.
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1 T vegetable oil
- 8 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 T soy sauce
- ½ cup whole cashews (raw or roasted)
- ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
- Heat the vegetable oil in a walk over high heat.
- Add the garlic and chili flakes and let cook for 30 seconds then add the broccoli and toss together.
- Turn down the heat to medium-high and add the water, for 4-7 minutes until the broccoli has softened.
- Add the soy sauce, cashews and sesame oil.
- Serve as a side dish or as a main over brown rice.
Kale is filled with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It has become more and more popular over the last year and you can find it everywhere now. It is high in iron and calcium which is great for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet. It is also a great source of vitamins A and C.
There are three types of kale: Green, Red Russian and Lacinato aka Dinosaur Kale. My favorite of the three is lacinato, it is super tender and is great sauteed with garlic and olive oil or tossed in a white bean soup.
Kale is besetstored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
When preparing kale make sure to remove the woody steam before eating.
- Garden Cocktail
- Kale & Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowl
- Spicy BBQ Kale Chips
- Massaged Kale Salad or you could try this one
- How about Chocolate Covered Kale Chips?
Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips
- 1 bunch of kale, ripped into chip sized pieces, rinse and dry
- 2 dates
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/4C nutritional yeast
- 1T lime juice
- 1t chipotle chili powder
- 3/4t garlic powder
- 3/4t paprika
- 1t shoyu (can substitute soy sauce, tamari or Braggs)
- Place the ripped kale in a large bowl. Place the dates through shoyu in a blender and process until smooth; pour over the kale.
- Massage the sauce into the kale until evenly distributed.
- Dehydrate method: Place on dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 118F for 10 to 12 hours (however I doubt that once you start check in them every few hours that there will be any left by the time the days over). Oven method: Preheat oven to 350F. Place the sauced kale on a baking sheet and make for 8-10 minutes until the kale chips are crispy but not burned.
One green that I don’t think gets enough attention are collard greens which are super nutritious and hold up really well when cooking. I love to saute them up with tamari, sesame oil and garlic. Collard Greens also go really well with walnuts, pecans, white beans and dried cranberries.
Nutritional Benefits: Collard Greens are filled with calcium, fiber, vitamin C and B vitamins.
Here are a few of my favorite Collard recipes:
1 bunch of collard greens, washed
6 carrots, washed and trimmed
1 lemon, peeled
1 apple, washed
Run all the fruits and veggies through your juicer and then serve over ice.
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