You’ve probably heard this a million times: it’s important to eat greens every day. But how many times have you heard that the greens can be the most delicious part of your plate? That’s right; you should be getting a serving of green veggies with every meal, but that doesn’t mean it should be seen as a chore. Dark leafy greens are perfect as they are, but there are a few easy ways to dress them up—so everyone at the table is actually excited to eat them (even the kids)!
Below, I'm sharing some of my best ideas. Then, download a copy of my FREE mini cookbook...
Glamorize Your Greens with:
- Toasted Nuts: From pine nuts to slivered almonds, they add protein and crunch to all of your side dishes. Use any nut you like or have on hand.
- Sweet Raisins: Raisins lend a sweet flavor and chewy texture that make your greens more colorful and palatable. You can also try dried cranberries for a little tartness.
- Pops of Lemon: Citrus helps cut down on the bitterness of veggies like dandelion, mustard and arugula greens. Drizzle it on or serve your sides with lemon wedges.
- Sesame Seeds: These are most often used in stir-fries, but I think they look stunning on any vegetable. Or, try black sesame seeds to really make an impression.
- Bold Spices: Spices and seasonings can ramp up the flavor profile, so go on and get creative. I love cumin, coriander and mustard seeds. And sometimes, just sea salt and black pepper is all you need.
The most important tip is to focus on the presentation of the greens, so they look as good as they make you feel. Are you ready to get cooking?
Gorgeous Greens Cookbook!
I’ve put together a mini cookbook, featuring 8 of my favorite leafy green recipes, that you can easily download and print out. Use it for menu planning during the holidays, easy entertaining or last-minute inspiration for weekday dinners. A few of the highlights:
- Sautéed Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins
- Gayatri Greens with organic yogurt
- Swiss Chard Salad with Asian Dressing
- Sautéed Broccoli with sesame seeds
- And more!
Download my Gorgeous Greens Cookbook here, and let me know what you think in the comments below!