Roasted beets take a long time to prepare, but a much faster way to enjoy their natural sweetness is to slice them paper thin on a Japanese mandoline. By doing this, you release a lot of their natural sugars. Tossed with a simple vinaigrette, they become an ideal addition to a salad of hearty winter greens like endive, frisée, and radicchio, their sweetness complemented by the bitter bite of the greens. Some shaved Parmesan, radishes, and toasted flax seeds finish this simple salad off.
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This easy one-pot pasta dish is filled with browned bits of pancetta, shiitake mushrooms and wilted greens, and comes together in just half an hour. Finished with shavings of Parmesan and freshly cracked black pepper, it's a perfect weeknight meal.
Swiss chard, spinach, and leeks mixed with ricotta, Gruyère, Parmesan, and pine nuts makes the perfect filling for a slightly virtuous, slightly decadent vegetarian puff pastry tart.
I knew going into the recipe that the bacon and butter would taste great with the greens, but the beer was a total surprise. Its beer-ness dissipates during cooking, leaving only malty sweetness and just a hint of fermented grain to the greens. It was this extra level of complexity that made these greens my favorite side of the season.
Marcus Samuelsson's penchant for Southern American-African-Swedish fusion cuisine always makes him an interesting chef to watch. His recipe for Mac and Greens, adapted in Ellen Brown's Mac & Cheese, fits right into his oeuvre. The recipe title is apt, as his mac contains just as much greenery as pasta. Braised collards and bok choy pair perfectly with the gooey cheddar-Gruyère-Parmesan mix, and the hints of soy and coconut lend glutamate-rich depth. But don't be fooled, this is no health food--there's bacon, heavy cream, and plenty of cheese in each and every nook and cranny.
I'm not sure why steaming fish always scares me. Perhaps it's the cleanup, which too often takes longer than I'd like. But what if could find a way to steam that was actually easy, perhaps by cooking everything together on one plate?
Tofu isn't necessarily one of the mainstays of the Indian pantry but soy paneer as it's known in India does make its way into quite a few dishes, including this Saag Soy Paneer, adapted from Andrea Nguyen's Asian Tofu. The tofu here stands in as a vegan variation of traditional paneer, a squeaky, mild fresh cows milk cheese. To mimic the texture and salty flavors, Nguyen soaks the tofu in salted water before drying and pan frying it.
This recipe from The Art of Simple Food would convert just about anybody to Swiss chard. And while that rule could be applied to most gratins—heavy amounts of cream and cheese works wonders—Waters opts instead for a sprinkle of flour to thicken the base of milk. It keeps the taste clean and light while still bringing that stick-to-the-bones heartiness.
Here's a question for you: What do you to with all of those lovely and leafy green and magenta beet tops after you've roasted your beets? If your answer was "chucking them," well then, we've got just the recipe for you. The beauty of the beet is that it's really two vegetables in one: the sweet roots and the hearty green tops.
You'd never know that there's a salad's worth of spinach in the recipe below, unless you feel like thinking about it to put a smile on your face. Even peppery greens like arugula and mizuna play nicely with fruits and herbs. If you like to experiment with flavor combinations in your mainstream cooking life, you'll enjoy the same creativity with green smoothies.
The grits come out creamy and rich. They're the perfect base for full-flavored greens, which are boiled first then sautéed in sausage fat. Yum. Since you're already going for real grits, try to track down some good andouille, or, at the very least, another fine smoked sausage.
This five-minute stir-fry is full of the sort of punchy, sour flavors that you'd find in a bowl of tom yum soup. Matchsticks of ginger and rounds of lemongrass are browned with scallions and chiles. The shrimp are thrown in with a mix of fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. It's ideal for those evenings when you're craving something a bit out of the ordinary, flavor-wise but don't really feel like spending an hour-plus on it. On the table in just about 20 minutes and served with a bowl of steamed rice, these prawns will beat the pants off Thai takeout any day.
This Bread and Onion Panade with Spicy Greens from Faith Durand's Not Your Mother's Casseroles takes crisp cubes of sour dough and layers them with sticky sweet caramelized onions, bitter spicy greens, and nutty shredded gruyère. Once the casserole is assembled it's doused with warm chicken stock and baked until the top is bubbly brown, and the greens on the surface are just short of charred.
Italian Egg-Drop Soup, adapted from Eating Well, should start your resolution in the right direction. Surprisingly hearty and super delicious, it's also a powerhouse of fiber and protein that comes together in under 30 minutes. Not to mention, it will feed an invading army of lifestyle changers.
This festive recipe makes a fitting holiday side dish. You can prepare it through step three a day in advance. Reheat the components separately and combine them shortly before serving.
I'm enamored with at least a few aspects of Southern cuisine. One, pork in everything. Two, slow-cooked greens. And three, pecan pie. I've included two of the three here in this somewhat rowdy risotto dish that's left its Italian heritage far, far behind.
This Soy Rice and Chicken recipe was submitted to Roger Ebert's blog by a commenter in Taiwan. It's a spin on a family favorite—bits of chicken mixed with flavorful rice infused with ginger, onions, shiitakes, and plenty of soy sauce. Like all of the recipes in The Pot and How to Use It, it's simple to prepare, basically just a matter of sautéing the chicken, mixing it with other ingredients, and pressing the "cook" button on your rice cooker.
For a long time, I thought microgreens were pretty fussy. Tiny little tendrils of vegetables, they seemed better suited to salads in Lilliput than the chipped bowls in our kitchen. Chefs in expensive restaurants finished plates of architectural foods with a twist of two or three slender threads of microgreens, which added $10 to the dish. To me, they seemed like a bit of a ruse. It wasn't until I started gardening that I understood the appeal of microgreens.
Although I didn't grow up eating black-eyed peas and greens on New Year's Day, and I'm not superstitious, I have to admit that the years since I've adopted this tradition have been especially sweet.