5 Easy Ways to Save Your Greens


basic green soup

The kitchen has its own dirty word.  I’m sure you’re familiar with it, have said it or felt it hanging in the air.


Please say you are as guilty as I am.  That you’ve tossed a rotting piece of fruit you forgot was in there.  Or shoved wet, wilted greens deep into the trash so you wouldn’t see them and feel bad about not taking the time to saute them.

It’s the greens that get me.  They are so hearty and alive until they just aren’t anymore.

No more. Rescue your greens!  Do it quickly before they turn.   Freeze them or make a quick frittata, green smoothie 1, green smoothie 2 or this basic green soup.  Creator Anna Thomas calls the best tasting medicine in the world.

Forget “eat to live or live to eat.”  Liven it up with a Parmesan snowfall and a drizzle of good olive oil and you’re doing both.  Not to mention keeping  your mouth clean.

Do you have any tips for saving greens?





3 Comments on 5 Easy Ways to Save Your Greens

  1. Anjali
    January 11, 2012 at 10:02 am (11 years ago)

    If they’re just wilted and not soggy or rotting, you can always try putting them in a sink full of cold water to perk them up again.

    The best way I’ve found to make sure I use them while they are fresh is to prep them right after I buy them, either by blanching and freezing, or by washing, spinning them dry and destemming the ones with tough stems. It’s an hour or so of unglamorous work, but it saves me so much time during the week and makes it easier to throw together a quick dinner with lots of veggies.

    Yes. I have a lot to say on the topic of greens. Don’t get me started on beans!

  2. DeskSnacker
    January 12, 2012 at 7:22 am (11 years ago)

    Yes! As soon as you get home from the store or Farmer’s Market, cut or tear the greens up into individual portioned containers. Use clear glass containers so you can see how yum it looks when you open the frig. Put em front and center next to other inspirational ingredients like a mini-container of fresh chopped garlic. When you go to the frig for your next meal, you’ll see the greens and garlic already prepped, which will inspire you to cook with them. Perhaps a sauteed greens side to scrambled eggs. Or mixed into brown rice for a side to grilled chicken. Even sauteed and put into a grilled cheese sandwich for a snack. Ohhhhh, the possibilities…

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