By Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
When March rolls around, I’m thinking GREEN. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, of course, but it’s the first day of spring that has me anticipating green buds on the trees, green grass on the ground and all the green edibles that will be soon popping up.
Dark leafy greens and green veggies are nutrient powerhouses that we all should be eating more of. Here are my top 5 favorite ways to get more flavorful greens into your every day diet (beyond the iceberg salad):
- Veggie Roast – Roasting any vegetable brings out a natural sweetness and can make bitter tasting ones taste better. Toss chopped broccoli, Libby’s® Cut Green Beans or Brussels sprouts with olive oil, minced garlic and black pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring every 5 minutes until vegetables are tender.
- Dynamite Dips & Spreads – Puree cooked greens with Libby’s® Garbanzo Beans and seasonings in a blender (add a little water if too thick). Or make this Sweet Pea Dip with fresh mint. Serve as a dip with whole grain crackers or use as a sandwich spread.
- Stellar Soup & Stews – Simmer chopped Swiss chard, broccoli rabe or collards in any soup – from chicken noodle to your favorite chili – to add extra nutrients and flavor. Mix greens into cheese and broccoli soup and puree for extra creaminess without a lot of extra calories. Or try this Spicy Sweet Pea Bisque.
- Buddha Power Bowls – The latest trend in bowl cuisine features noodles or whole grains paired with eggs, beans or tofu and chopped veggies. Add in chopped, sautéed leafy greens, like kale and spinach or try this Lean Green Warm Barley Salad.
- Punched Up Pesto – Traditional pesto mixes basil with pine nuts but you can blend almost any green veggie, herb and nut with olive oil and parmesan cheese for delicious results. Swap in arugula with pistachios or mint with almonds for a super quick pasta sauce.
Here’s wishing you a green filled week!