Friday, July 30, 2010

get more greens!

Nothing better than fresh cilantro and basil from the garden, which were both incorporated into hummus from ED&BV. Dreena has some awesome recipes, and I hate to admit it, but when it comes to hummus, it really does help when you measure ingredients.

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I think this Cuisipro Herb Keeper is pretty cool. No one likes soggy herbs.

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Our lettuce is out of control! The back row is romaine, and the front is some kind of spicy green. I’m not really sure what to do with these, but they are strong. Maybe they’d be good in a sandwich?

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In the winter, it’s sometimes hard for me to want to eat cold salads when it’s equally frigid outside. Summer is a perfect time to welcome an abundance of greens into my daily eats.

Joanie’s Salad {named after its inventor}

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ingredients :: romaine lettuce, cashews, dried cranberries, shredded Swiss cheese, chopped apple and pear ::

dressing :: 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 c lemon juice, 1 T chopped onion, 1/2 c. oil, 1 T dijon mustard, 1 T poppyseeds (I use half on whole bowl of salad) ::

Why should we even bother with greens?!

One of my fellow food editors {Megan of Making Love in the Kitchen} has a great post on different greens and their benefits, some of which include:

  • antioxidant power and phytochemical content
  • fiber
  • calcium content (watch spinach, which contains oxalic acid and can prevent calcium absorption)
  • B vitamins, vitamin A, C, K, iron and potassium

Happy 31st Anniversary to my fabulous mom and dad!

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Ok, so I know that cake doesn’t fit into the greens family, but this recipe for banana cake from Joy the Baker is amazing. Glorified banana bread {but lighter and fluffier} + peanut butter frosting. I halved the sugar, used half whole wheat flour, and subbed yogurt + 1 tsp baking soda for the sour cream.

Enjoy!

What’s your fave way to eat greens?

On the running front, it’s a little cooler this week, and I’ve managed to run a couple 5 and 6 milers followed by an easy 3.5 miles yesterday…definitely appreciate the cool down!

Happy Weekend!

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14 comments:

  1. yay for cooler weather to run in! i, gasp, i don't really eat greens. i love veggies but nothing that would really resemble lettuce. i guess i'm sure that i eat things with herbs in them but my cooking skills leave something to be desired so i'm never the one actually cooking hah

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  2. You always make such interesting baking substitutions! I'm not brave enough to try things like that.

    Hmm, I like cooked greens more than raw, like in bean and lentil dishes. I also like them on salads, but it bothers me when they fall out.

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  3. Would those mystery greens be good in a hummus or pesto?

    Yay cooler running temps!!

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  4. My favorite way to eat greens is in a salad. I am hooked on spinach right now!

    I am totally going to try that salad you posted soon ;)

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  5. love those greens! I like to make kale chips or throw some spinach into a smoothie :) that banana cake sounds wonderful, especially with the peanut butter frosting! wow. Can you send some cooler weather here too? But we have been cooling off in the lower 100s :) have a nice weekend!

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  6. Mmm, greens. I love em in a salad, but I also like spinach on pizza.

    Congrats to your parents on their anniversary.

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  7. I love eating my greens in hummus as well as in omelets :)

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  8. Peanut butter frosting? Yum. Why have I never had that before?! Sounds amazing. Happy birthday to your dad!

    I ate a ton of salads when I Was training in Pittsburgh. I loved spinach, romaine, lots of tomatoes, green olives, broc, cauliflower, grapes, strawberries, and cottage cheese!

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  9. I love just sauteeing greens with other vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage with curry powder...and then dress them with some sort of creamy sauce or cream cheese, a bit of maple syrup, and scatter nori over!

    They're also GREAT as kimchi, of course! :D

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  10. greens are my favorite veggies now :D love them in all ways, in salad, in stir-fries, even steamed! :)

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  11. Love th einfo on herbs. Nice to be here. Following you to get more of such info. best wishes.

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  12. you can never get too many greens :P oh i love ur blog, you are totally a health nut! a very pretty one too :)

    xo

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  13. I love to load my smoothies with greens! (and a squeeze of citrus to take the edge of the bitter greens). I completely agree about exact measurements for hummus recipes... sometimes when you just toss stuff in it tastes a little... off.

    P.S. Congrats on the RD exam!! You'll have to give me advice when my time comes :)

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