Taco night is a regular thing in my house since they are an easy weeknight dinner. However, I've gotten bored eating the same filling, so I started exploring more authentic options on Rick Bayless's website. The first one to catch my eye was this quick chicken recipe with a variety of greens including chard, spinach, and arugula — all topped with Mexican sour cream and freshly roasted poblanos.
The recipe only calls for two chicken breasts, but the onions, greens, and poblanos bulk up the filling. There was plenty for my party of four and a little left over. I topped the tacos with chopped scallions and a squeeze of lime juice; next time I'll add cilantro. Spice up your taco night with this scrumptious soft taco filling and use the leftovers for amazing quesadillas or enchiladas. Get the recipe and see how the quesadilla turned out by reading more.
It's hard to imagine that so many leafy greens can withstand the cold temperatures of Winter, but they somehow manage. Greens like kale, chard, spinach, arugula, and bok choy are abundant right now, which is a big win. These veggies are good for you and so versatile: they work in soups, salads, curries, and on their own. Keep reading to find out which Winter greens recipes we'll be making this season.
The other night while roasting up some beets with the mister, I nearly panicked because he tried to throw away the leafy tops. Deal breaker! Well not really, but didn't he know the power of beet greens? Obviously not and he's not alone. Even though more and more folks are handling raw beets in the kitchen, beet greens are still viewed as being disposable.
If you're a fan of Swiss chard, then you'll love beet greens, as they are pretty much synonymous in look, taste, and use. When using beet greens, I'll rip the leaves from the stems and toss them raw in a salad or cook them up as a warm side dish. Because the stalks take a little bit longer to cook, I remove the leaves first and blanch the stems before sauteing everything together with olive oil, sea salt, chili flakes, lemon juice, and garlic. Beet greens also taste great in a hearty soup or in a veggie lasagna.
Besides tasting good, beet greens are packed with vitamins A and C and have a good amount of iron and calcium too. They're also pretty low in calories and don't contain any fat. The next time you buy beets, snap off the tops as soon as you can — this helps your beets retain moisture — and store the greens in a plastic bag in the fridge. They'll keep pretty well for about four days. One trick I learned is to ask for discarded beet greens at the farmers market. Since most people don't use the tops, the farms have a lot of beet greens that are just going to be thrown out. I usually end up with a ton for free!
How do you feel about beet greens? If you love them, tell me how you like to prepare them.
A member of the beet family, Swiss chard is a dark, leafy green that's in season now. Chard's somewhat bitter taste can be neutralized by cooking.
In this vegetarian recipe, chard, the stellar ingredient, is sautéed with garlic. Placed on a bed of creamy polenta and topped with tangy blue cheese, this dish is filling and soothing. Bring Fall into your kitchen with this recipe when you read more
I used to dislike chard; I thought it was too bitter and potent for an everyday meal. However, I've recently learned that when prepared correctly it can be wonderfully delicious. In this seasonal side, the sometimes overbearing chard melds with tangy green olives, plump currants, and creamy goat cheese in order to create a very refined dish. Sound delicious? Get the recipe, just read more
I crave greens, no matter the season. When it is cold outside, I often choose a cooked green over salads. I just want to eat warm food. One of my favorites greens to cook is Swiss chard, and it comes in colors too. The leaves are green, but the stems and veins can be white, yellow or red. The red is my favorite since the color combination is quite dramatic.
Not only is it tasty, and similar to spinach and beet greens, but chard is also loaded with nutrients. It is a great source of vitamin K and vitamin A. One cup of cooked chard contains half of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 3.5 grams of fiber. It also provides 30 percent of your RDI for magnesium and 25 percent of the valuable mineral potassium.
Are you convinced yet? This is a super food. Don't know what to do to the chard? Just rip the leaves from the stems. Chop up the stems and sauté the leaves and stems with olive oil and garlic. Or you could try out this recipe: Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken, Chard and Peppers. It is truly delish!
Are you a fan of Swiss chard? Tell me your favorite way to prepare it in the comments section below.
I have heard so many bad things about beets that I feel I must defend one of my favorite veggies. This root is sweet in taste despite its tough looking skin.
The guys over at Men's Health say we should think of beets as red spinach since they are loaded with nutrition. They are high in folate an important nutrient for expectant mothers, even before they conceive! It is also high in betaine, which works with folate to help reduce inflammatory compounds that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, the pigment that gives beets their crimson color has been identified as a potent cancer fighter in laboratory mice.
Beets are tasty roasted and make a great topping for a salad. You can also peel them and grate them for a salad topping. Plus the leaves can be used just like you would chard!
So how do you feel about this controversial veggie? Do you love it or hate it — tell me in the comment section below.