My most favorite cookbook (plus a recipe!)

I went to the Farmer’s Market yesterday…a perfect Fall day.

Unfortunately, friends, it’s the end of Mother Earth’s summer bounty: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, nectarines, peaches…ooooh, I’m drooling. I can almost taste them…

Yeah, well, sorry to disappoint but they’re out of season.

Now we’ve got apples, pears, squashes (hello pumpkin!) and lots of greens. LOTS of them.

Me? I love vegetables, especially dark leafy greens like kale, swiss chard, and collards (my fave). But for someone who isn’t used to working with them, those bushy monsters can be downright scary. What the heck do you do with them when you get home? How do you actually cook a kale?

So glad you asked! I too was once like you. But then I got this amazeballs book, Greens Glorious Greens! More than 140 Ways to Prepare All Those Great-tasting, Super-Healthy, Beautiful Leafy Greens by Johnna Albi & Catherine Walthers.

Man, this book delivers. Let’s take kale, for example. The authors tell you how to shop for it, cook it, and store it. The kale chapter had 13 different recipes (all VERY easy) from basic kale, lemon-basil kale to potato kale soup. Seriously, all so easy to make.

This is a MUST-HAVE for any healthy kitchen. Sorry to say, now you no longer have an excuse not to buy your leafy greens. Which, buy the way, are super nutritious. Calorie for calorie, they pack in the most nutrition of any other vegetable. They are a goldmine of minerals (ha ha ha, get it, gold mine….oh, forget it!) like iron, potassium and magnesium. Don’t forget vitamins like K, C, E, and the B vitamins. One cup of cooked greens provides 9 times the recommended intake of vitamin K (which is super important for blood clotting, bone health, diabetes, and inflammation). So basically, eat your greens.

To get you started, here’s one of my favorite recipes from the book which I made last night.  All of my ingredients came straight from the farmer’s market…delish.

Collard Greens and Caramelized Onions (servies 2-3)

3/4 pound collard greens (6 or 7 cups, chopped)

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (although this would taste great with coconut oil, too!)

3 onions, sliced into thin crescents

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt to taste

1. Wash collards, remove stalks, and stack 4-5 leaves. Slice into strips, approx 1/4″ wide

2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 15-20 minutes, until golden and sweet.  Take care not to burn (LOL, i always do!). Add garlic and saute for another 2-3 minutes until golden.

3. While the onions are cooking, bring 2-3 cups of water to boil in a 10-12″ skillet with a lid. Add collards, cover, and cook over high heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The greens are cooked when they are tender but still bright green. Drain in a colander and set aside. (As an aside, you can save this water and when it cools, water your plants with it. They’ll get all the water-soluble vitamins from the collards that leached out into the water!)

4. Add greens to onion and garlic. Season with salt to taste and cook for another 1-2 minutes to heat through. Serve hot, drizzled with additional olive oil if you dare.

**Add 2 tablespoons raisins for the last 3 minutes of cooking if you wish!**

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6 Responses to My most favorite cookbook (plus a recipe!)

  1. Abbey September 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    You sold me. I just bought the book. YUM!

    • Amanda September 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

      Abbs, SO happy. Seriously, it’s a kitchen staple and the recipes are so super easy….Hooray!

  2. Kate D September 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    I really need help with preparing greens (and more vegetables in general). This book looks like it will be really useful.

    • Amanda September 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

      Kate, I needed help too. I was seriously afraid of greens! This books breaks it down very simply and then tells you step by step how to prepare them. Definitely worth having!

  3. Jennifer September 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    I love this book too! Such a helpful resource and the recipes are great!

  4. Abbey October 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    OK – following up…love this book! Thanks so much!!!

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