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Easy greens

It’s not always an easy balance. Convenience and variety. If you want to prepare in advance and in a jiffy, you’re often stuck with the same thing day after day. But there is a solution!

One of the best ways to get variety in your meals without too much struggle is to make one dish that can be transformed into something else when you reheat it. Think of this as a “base”—it only takes a few minutes to prepare and then a few minutes to reheat. And the possibilities are almost endless!

This recipe uses lacinato or “dino” kale.


It’s not always an easy balance. Convenience and variety. If you want to prepare in advance and in a jiffy, you’re often stuck with the same thing day after day. But there is a solution!

One of the best ways to get variety in your meals without too much struggle is to make one dish that can be transformed into something else when you reheat it. Think of this as a “base”—it only takes a few minutes to prepare and then a few minutes to reheat. And the possibilities are almost endless!

This recipe uses lacinato or “dino” kale.


I like this variety. It’s really easy to chop up and handle compared to the traditional curly kind of kale. You can use either one, though. You can even buy the pre-cut kale in a bag from the supermarket. You could substitute other greens like chard or spinach, as well. Just remember, spinach shrinks a lot—make sure you’ve got enough of the raw stuff to make several servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 T fat— ghee or olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced or sliced
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, minced or sliced
  • 1 bunch lacinato or “dino” kale, sliced crosswise into ribbons
  • 1/4 c chicken stock

Heat fat over a medium heat in a large, 6qt. pot. You want some room to move the kale around.

Toss in the onions, season with salt and pepper, and stir until onions are soft. It should take about 3 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds longer. You’ll really start to smell the garlic when it’s ready.

Add the kale and a little bit of chicken stock. You don’t need to add much, just enough to steam and moisten the kale. You really don’t want this swimming.

As the sliced kale breaks down start to mix it with the onions and garlic. Cover the pan and cook for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, uncover it and cook until most of any remaining liquid has evaporated.

You’ve now got your greens base! You can adjust seasoning now, but you may want to just wait until you reheat it with any of the ingredients listed below.

For variety, when you reheat you can add:

  • pine nuts and raisins
  • coconut milk and curry powder
  • chopped tomatoes, bacon, red chili flakes, and a splash of vinegar
  • Any chopped leftover vegetables you have from dinner

Heat a little more oil in a sauté pan and add the “variety” ingredients, just to heat. If you’re adding the bacon, cook that first and use some of the bacon fat to cook the remaining ingredients.

Stir in your kale base and toss until warmed through. Season if needed, and voila! Just add eggs!

Two smoothies to help with cravings

There’s nothing like a smoothie that tastes and looks like a “milkshake” to make you feel like a kid or a grown up having a special day. And just because you’re making healthier choices with your food, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve those special days, too!

These two sugar­ and dairy­ free shakes will tickle your taste buds and fill your belly with goodness.

Budda Bing!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups greens (kale, lettuces, parsley, etc.)
  • 1/2 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1/4 cup organic cacao nibs or powder
  • 1/2 cup organic frozen Bing cherries (or berry of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon organic turmeric
  • 1 date
  • Filtered water as needed for desired consistency

Peppermint Patty

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups greens (kale, lettuces, parsley etc.)
  • 2/3 can full ­fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (1/2 in smoothie 1/2 on top)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 9 ice cubes
  • Filtered water as needed for desired consistency

Directions:

  1. Pour all the ingredients into your blender, Nutribullet, or Vitamix.
  2. Whip up for about 30 seconds or to your desired consistency. 30 seconds produces a milkshake
  3. consistency, which is what I’m after!
  4. Pour into a Mason jar or holder of choice.
  5. Top with frozen berries or nibs.
  6. Serve with straw and spoon to enjoy!