Monday, June 10, 2013

Lots of greens.. what do I do?!

Oh man. Last night I realized that I had a bag of trader joe's cooking greens (mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens and kale) sitting in the fridge with a best use date of... 6/9. I came home somewhat dreading figuring out what to do with them, but I have to say they turned out delicious!

Here's to simple recipes with lots of flavor! The dried chipotle pepper adds a smokiness that I imagine is similar to what bacon does (but don't quote me, I've never had bacon).

1 bag Trader Joe's cooking greens (16 oz)
1 onion (red or white)
3 cloves garlic
1 cap full apple cider vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 dried chipotle pepper
2 tbs olive oil

Sautee the onions and garlic in some olive oil with some salt.

2. Once they are translucent, add the chipotle pepper, garlic and ginger powder and the greens. If the greens don't all fit in your pot, fill the pot and wait for the greens to wilt a bit and add more. They will shrink considerably as they cook.

3. Cover the pot and let the greens cook down for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Add water if it looks like there is no more moisture.

4. Once the greens have cooked in their own water, add a capful of applecider vinegar (you could use another kind of vinegar if you prefer).

You're done! Enjoy!

If you want to add some protein, try chickpeas cooked with the greens or lentils.

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