Healthy Eating: Greens, Greens, Greens

Healthy Eating

With 2014 in full swing, I know that a lot of us are looking for ways to stick to our resolutions of healthier eating and living a healthier lifestyle, for ourselves and for our kiddos. Now, I don’t profess to be an expert on healthy cooking, but what I can do is give you some tips on how to make your favorite dishes a bit “healthier.”

Let’s start with greens. KALE: the king of the greens, in my humble opinion.  Kale is so versatile; you can really do anything with it.

Sauté it with turkey bacon, shallots, and a touch of white wine vinegar, and you have a fantastic side dish for any meal.

Braise it with your favorite slow cooked dish.  It’s so good braised, low and slow.

Lightly blanche it, slice it thinly and use it for a healthy, hearty salad.  Add some toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds, crumble in some feta cheese, dried fruits of your choice and top with your favorite low calorie dressing. Now you have a delicious and healthy salad, ready to eat in no time.

You can also grill it, brush with a bit of olive oil, a little salt and pepper, throw it on a hot grill, get some char marks on it, add some chili flakes, lemon juice and zest, and you’ve got another great side.

Or, chop it and add it to your favorite pasta dish, or use it on sandwiches for a nice change from lettuce.

You can even dice it and add it to a nice hot bowl of soup.

As you can see, it’s so easy to use, and plays well with all of your stand-by recipes.

Not a fan of kale??? Try substituting swiss chard, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, or even beet greens.  I’m also a huge fan of arugula.  It has a great peppery taste and adds a little punch to any dish that you add it to

Stay tuned for tips on grains, fish, chicken and meat.  Until then, happy healthier eating.

What’s your go-to healthy recipe?

-Dean

Gourmet Dad
  • Pdnl Deshaw

    OK, Dean, I am cooking Kale tonight as our side dish with Pork tenderloin. I am wingin’ it because I don’t know what oil to saute in…I am not a fan of olive oil. Would rice bran oil be ok? I am going to use turkey bacon with some pine nuts thrown in as well. I’ll keep you posted!!

  • Pdnl Deshaw

    Voila. Pretty darn good! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Mariana DingleHopper

    wish my hubby liked greens more :/

  • mt

    Thanks for the Kale options. I have recently discovered it, and had no clue what to do to spruce it up!