All Photos: Wendy Goodfriend
I love winter greens. This was not always the case. I used to like them just fine, and then I went and got pregnant a few years ago. Unfortunately, during my first trimester, which coincided with winter harvest, I came down with a massive aversion to vegetables. Especially greens (and Brussels sprouts, but that’s a whole different story). They were everywhere and they were disgusting. Anyway, after I had my daughter, I eased back into them. Very very slowly. Starting with spinach, moving on to chard, and then, the clincher: kale. Kale salad brought me back. It was and still is everywhere, and for good reason. It’s yummy. And super good for you. Thankfully my daughter loves greens, in fact, they are the only green vegetable she will readily eat (she also loves ripping up kale leaves for my morning kale smoothie). I was certain she’d hate them, attributing my aversion to her tastes inside my belly. Nope. That was not really a scientific observation anyway.
But I’m seriously getting off track. One of the reasons I love greens is that you can sauté them a ZILLION different ways and have a completely different dish. Not only that but they are overflowing with vitamins, minerals, fiber, rainbows, sparkles, and kittens. Ok, maybe not the last 3, but they are seriously good for you.
This is a great addition to any meal, a regular weeknight dinner, a gathering of friends or family, or even a holiday feast. Dress it up or dress it down as you see fit.
Here’s a basic recipe that includes a lot of ideas for embellishments. You can change it each and every time depending on your tastes, what you have on hand, or how crazy you want to get.
Some of my favorite add-in combos are:
- garlic, bacon, balsamic, and shaved Parmesan
- currants, pine nuts, and balsamic
- cranberries, toasted walnuts, and Asiago
- pecans and cherries
Recipe: Sauteed Greens with Add-ins