6.30.2009

Eat those Greens!

We are in the midst of a greens attack! We have greens fresh and ready to eat everyday. I am braising, sauteing and grilling greens for at least 2 meals a day. I felt the need to change it up the other day while facing a big pile of mustard greens. Hmmm a quick scan of the cupboards revealed some walnuts that would add oomph. And I found feta in the fridge, because you know everything is betta with feta!

This was pretty easy to whip up yet it was so good. My husband and I ate 2 servings each and my little boy packed it away. Middle boy "didn't like it" but still ate a bit, a small bit.

Don't like greens? You should really try them again! This might help you take that first bite. "Mustard greens are jam packed with nutrients. They provide good to excellent amounts of 9 vitamins, 7 minerals, dietary fiber and protein. And if that were not impressive enough, being a member of the Brassica family along with broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, they also feature the health-promoting phytonutrients known as glucosinolates. One of the unique features of mustard greens is that they are an excellent source of three notable antioxidants: vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin A (through their concentration of beta-carotene). These three nutrients team up to scavenge free radicals, which are excessively interactive molecules that not only cause damage to the molecules with which they interact, but have been linked to a host of different diseases and health conditions. Beta-carotene and vitamin E exert their protective actions against free radicals in the lipid-soluble areas of the body, while vitamin C balances out the job by working in the body's water-soluble environment. By providing antioxidant protection in both the water and fat-soluble areas of the body, mustard greens may offer great benefit to individuals with conditions ranging from asthma to heart disease to menopausal symptoms ...just to name a few" (direct quote from the website Worlds Healthiest Foods)All that and 1 cup only has 21 calories, I'm in are you?

Mustard Greens with Feta and Walnuts

1/2 cup of walnuts
1 large bunch of fresh mustard greens
1/2 cup of crumbled feta

in a heavy bottom skillet cook the walnuts over medium high heat until they are evenly toasted, or slightly burnt if you like them that way...or they go that way
meanwhile wash and gently shake out the greens, removing any tough stems
when the walnuts are done remove them to a plate to cool
wipe out the skillet and toss in the greens
let them slightly steam while you gently stir them around
when they are wilted to your liking remove them form the heat
spread half of them on a plate
scatter on 1/4 cup of feta and 1/4 cup of walnuts
repeat
serve quickly

You now 2 years ago I would have died if anyone had told me I would be not only eating greens but telling other people to eat their greens. If I can change anybody can, try some greens today!

Also check out my Amazing Grass giveaway. I am sharing my bars and powdered green superfood drink mixes. You're welcome.

Peace and Love,

10 comments:

  1. I think the walnuts and feta go perfectly with this! Lovely presentation and original flavors. Winner!!

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  2. Sounds great! No greens here, although the kale is starting to get big....
    I would have never thought I would be making lasagna at the end of June myself, but that's been our spring.
    I just saw my cucumbers are starting to flower- on the ground! They are only an inch tall- grrr...

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  3. Do you use that stick to eat them?

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  4. Mmm this looks great! Love the addition of walnuts and feta. And I second Amy's question about the stick! haha When I first saw it I was like "whoa, those bamboo forks are a lot more... rustic..than I thought they'd look!" ;)

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  5. you HAVE to use the stick or else they are very fattening :D

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  6. This recipe looks great! I love MG and will have to try them this way. Thanks!

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  7. I am allergic to walnuts but if I wasnt I would say 'load me up'

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  8. Mmmm yum! Except for the walnuts ;) But I'd go with the greens and just feta and be quite content. I love mustard greens! :)

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  9. You are so good, I know mom eat greens. Ok another mom voice in my head to keep me on track :).

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