Gentle Sweet & Sour GREENS

by Sally Azimat Schreiber-Cohn; finalized August 3, 2017

Flowering Kale

Inspiration from Farm-Direct Coop items. This can be a relatively quick preparation, if you’ve got the ingredients handy. Can use greens of most any type.

Recipe for 2-3 people: [T = Tablespoon; t = teaspoon]
8 oz GREENS, Chard, kale, turnip greens, &/or collards. (Heavier stemmed need longer cooking.)
1/2 Smallish sweet apple, OR sweet, ripe peach, (often I peel), cut into ½” pieces
2 T+1t Maple syrup (I used Grade A amber)
1 T+2t Flavored vinegar (I used Herb FARMacy “Purple Basil” organic)
3/8t Salt (somewhat similar to 3 shakes, i.e. 1/4t + 1/8t)
2t Dried Dill (or 2 T fresh dill) (via – 1 teaspoon dried dill equals 3 teaspoons fresh)

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Seared Spinach

  • 1 bunch spinach or other “light” green – chard and arugula work well.
  • 1 tbsp butter or other cooking oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 or more cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat butter (or cooking oil) to almost the “smoke point” in a large sauté pan. You want the pan VERY hot, almost uncomfortably so.

Add the chopped and cleaned greens to the pan, stirring quickly and cooking until they start to wilt – NO MORE than a couple minutes. Add garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice, cooking an additional minute or so until greens are done. All told, it should take less than 5 minutes to cook greens after your pan is fully heated.

Serve immediately.