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Ok so I bought them now what the heck do I do with them. I am looking into adding a lot more vegetables into my families diets. My son is dairy free and we are going mosty gluten free. He won't eat meat. So he is pretty much a lil'vegan<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . So I am buying greens and chard and everything else I can find. But now I have to figure out how to cook them. Any one have simply recipes for greens?? Or links to simple recipes? It would be so wonderful if you did<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I am so new at this. Fresh vegetables and cooking from scratch and what not. I also have trouble getting my dc to eat certain foods because of textures. So any advice is needed and welcomed.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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For the kale... get some veggie broth, preferably not a tomato based broth (imagine foods "no-chicken broth" is good stuff)... put it in a soup pot with some sliced up potatoes and the kale (ripped off the stem into bite sized pieces)... add a bit of good olive oil and some chopped garlic... YUM.<br><br>
Chard (including the stems) cooks quickly like spinach, so you can use it similarly.<br><br>
Heartier greens (including kale, collards, mustard greens) are tasty if you boil/steam them in a little bit of vegetable broth. Adding some shoyu and a splash of ume plum vinegar or some toasted sesame oil... mmm.
 

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Kale:<br><br>
Wash well. Sautee in olive oil and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and maybe a little sherry vinegar. Binge.<br><br>
Mustard greens:<br><br>
Wash well. Fry in hot canola or peanut oil with garlic. When it turns bright green, add a splash of soy sauce and take off the heat. Eat over brown rice with a fried egg.
 

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I also add kale(raw) to smoothies and eat greens raw in salads. I've actually never cooked greens.... I'll have to take notes on the other responses....
 

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Mustard greens I would cook like collards, in some bacon fat (if you eat it; I know this is Veg*n Living <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> or olive oil, a splash of vinegar and some hot pepper sauce, with enough water to braise it, until it's done. Then I'd serve with black-eyed peas or other legumes, maybe some brown rice or grits.<br><br>
Kale is nice is any kind of soups, or in quiche/frittatas (again, if you eat eggs). What I like to do is whiz the kale in my blender with a bit of water, freeze in ice cube trays, and then add a cube to smoothies, sauces (think pasta sauces), soups, etc. You can't detect it in the smoothies, even though it's raw.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Kale:<br><br>
Wash well. Sautee in olive oil and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and maybe a little sherry vinegar. Binge.<br><br>
Mustard greens:<br><br>
Wash well. Fry in hot canola or peanut oil with garlic. When it turns bright green, add a splash of soy sauce and take off the heat. Eat over brown rice with a fried egg.</div>
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I second this kale suggestion, but when I make it I omit the vinegar, salt and pepper, and just add many pieces of minced garlic. We eat it like it's candy.
 

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We chop raw kale up and toss it into our salads. I love raw kale!<br><br>
I also will mince kale and add it into any baking I'm doing; chocolate chip cookies, muffins, brownies etc.<br><br>
Kale and mustard green can be added to pasta sauces quite nicely.<br><br>
Throw raw kale into smoothies.<br><br>
A nice gluten-free roll up trick: fix up your fave sandwich spread and then spread on large kale leaves and roll up. Just like using tortillas.<br><br>
I also saute mustard greens, bok choy, kale, swiss chard, any green in a frying pan with Bragg's (or soy sauce) and chopped garlic (I don't use any oil with this one) and serve with rice. This is a family dinner fave.
 

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Sometimes we purposely make green smoothies; other times we sneak a kale leaf or two into a strawberry (for example) smoothie.<br><br>
I love this kale stir-fry: saute chopped onion (1), garlic, and kale (1 bunch) in oil-of-your-choice until onion begins to brown and kale cooks down. Add chopped almonds and raisins. Stir in 1 tbls tamari. Enjoy!<br><br>
Ds prefers this kale stir-fry: saute kale with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Add raisins, cinnamon, and a little tamari. Eat!<br><br>
How about a burger? 2 cups of chickpeas, 1 carrot, 1 celery, 1 small onion, 2 leaves kale. Toss into food processor and puree. Chill (or not!). With wet hands, make into thin patties and fry in a lightly oiled skillet until brown on each side.<br><br>
We also like chopped kale in soups.
 

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i like this combination for a sauté: greens (swiss chard or fresh spinach, or other....) + leeks + raisins + sliced almonds<br><br>
or the other one i like, which has already been mentioned, is sesame oil + garlic + tamari<br><br>
jamie oliver has a great recipe for swiss chard in the pink cookbook - it's simple, something like this<br>
swiss chard (blanche in boiling water)<br>
sauté garlic in olive oil, add a can of white beans, a sprig of fresh thyme, then the greens and heat through. season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> callmemama, you beat me with the raisin/almond stir fry!<br><br>
oh, and i was just thinking - it seems like i used to eat mustard greens in salad. i can't get mustard greens where i have been living for the past 5 years and maybe i'm starting to remember things that didn't happen.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br>
i know they are really peppery and strong, but mixed in with another lettuce and a yummy vinagrette ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> yummy
 

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thank you!!! thank you!! You momma's rock!! I am going to try the Kale with garlic tonight. I will be going the store to pick up stuff for the other recipes... I am now crossing my fingers that my ds will at least try it. Everything is don't like right now.. he is 3<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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