vegetables

  • In Season: Bok Choy

    Bok choy (Brassica rapa), a member of the cabbage family, has been cultivated by the Chinese for 5,000 years. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s ANDI scores, bok choy (also known as Chinese cabbage) is the fifth-most nutritious food in the world.

  • The Green Guide

    I understand how intimidating bunches of kale, chard, and collards can look on those grocery shelves. The only lettuce I ate growing up was some iceberg drowned in Thousand Island.

    How to buy, prepare, store, and cook with leafy greens
    By Dreena Burton
  • Smoothie Central

    These good-for-you green smoothies will taste great, fill you with nutrients, and keep you energized. Pick a recipe, combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Boost it to increase the wellness value or flavor profile of your smoothie.

     

    Kale Sunshine Refresh

    ½ cup soy or almond milk

  • Cider-Braised Kale with Apples and Sweet Cherries

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    SERVES 4-6

    2 tablespoons bacon fat

    1 small red onion, thinly sliced

    2 bunches Lacinato kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped

    1 apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

    1 cup dried sweet cherries

    ¼ cup hard cider

    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

    Melt the bacon fat in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Toss the red onion into the hot fat and fry until fragrant and softened, about three minutes. Stir in the apples and fry them until tender enough to pierce with a fork, about four minutes, then toss in the kale, and cook until barely wilted. It should only take a minute. Stir the sweet cherries and hard cider into the wilted kale and apples. Simmer until the liquid is mostly evaporated, about five minutes. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and serve. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen written and photographed by Jennifer McGruther

  • Sweet-and-Sour Asian Cabbage and Kale

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    SERVES 4

    1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons tamari

    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

    1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup

    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

    1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    4 cups stemmed and chopped lacinato kale, in bite-size pieces

    Sea salt

    2 cups shredded red cabbage

    1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

    Put the tamari, lime juice, maple syrup, toasted sesame oil, and ginger in small bowl and stir to combine. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the kale and a pinch of salt and sauté for four minutes. Add the cabbage and another pinch of salt and sauté for two minutes. Add the tamari mixture and cook until tender, about two minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve immediately. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson.

  • Buttered Spinach

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    SERVES 4

    2 large bunches young spinach (about 1 ¼ pounds)

    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    ½ teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt

    ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

    2 hard-cooked eggs, minced

    Trim the spinach of any tough stems or veins, then coarsely chop the spinach leaves. Toss the spinach into a large, heavy stockpot. Set it on the stove over medium-low heat, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until wilted. Drain the wilted spinach in a colander, and press it down to remove any excess liquid. Return the pot to the stove, add the butter, and melt over low heat. Toss in the spinach. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and minced egg, then serve. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen written and photographed by Jennifer McGruther

  • Indian Greens

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    SERVES 4

    8 cups stemmed and chopped Swiss chard, in bite-size pieces

    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

    ¼ teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds

    1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

    ½ teaspoon turmeric

    ¼ teaspoon curry powder

    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Sea salt

    1 cup canned diced tomatoes, juices reserved

    1 cup canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and mixed with a spritz of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt

    ¼ cup coconut milk

    ¼ teaspoon Grade B maple syrup

    Put the chard in a large bowl, add cold water to cover, and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds and sauté until they begin to pop. Immediately stir in the ginger. Add the chard, turmeric, curry powder, pepper, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of the juice from the tomatoes. Sauté for two minutes. Add the chickpeas and tomatoes and sauté for three minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and maple syrup and serve immediately. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson; Photo Credit: Leo Gong.

  • Cancer Fighters

    Garlic, leeks, yellow onions, dark green veggies, and cruciferous veggies have been shown to powerfully counteract cancer cell growth, according to a recent study in Food Chemistry. If you need a refresher, cruci­ferous vegetables come from the family Cruciferae (also called Brassicaceae).

  • Tomayto, Tomahto

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    When I was a kid, I absolutely loved spaghetti. I ate it the messy way, of course: twirling the pasta around my fork until a giant noodle ball formed, then shoving said noodle ball into my mouth and leaving crusty remnants of red sauce in the corners of my lips. Kids love messy foods—or, they somehow manage to make non-messy foods into messy foods—and I was no exception.

  • What’s in Your Food?

    I picked up my son from school recently to have lunch with him. We went to the park with our sack lunches. As I watched him pull out his carrot sticks and orange slices, I asked him if anyone in the lunch room had a lunch like him with fruits and vegetables. He said his best friend sometimes had celery in his lunch sack but no one else did.

    Whole foods emphasize what’s in your food, not what isn’t
    By Linda Kopec, ND, MHNE, CNC