Greens Recipes



Kale & Banana Smoothie

  • 1  Large banana, peeled
  • 4  kale leaves, stripped from stem
  • 1/4  Cup milk
  • 3/4  Cup yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Fruit juice (Orange, Apple)
  • 2 TBSP Peanut butter (You can use any other nut butter or avocado instead)
  • Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Blend at high speed and process until smooth. Divide between two glasses. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.


Arugula Pesto, Ricotta, and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza

from Giada De Laurentiis

Preheat oven to 475 degrees

  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups smoked mozzarella
  • 1 cup packed arugula
  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • olive oil
  • 2 plum tomatoes sliced 1/4″ – 1/8″ thick

Sprinkle a heavy baking sheet with cornmeal.

In a food processor, blend ricotta,  garlic cloves, salt, and  pepper until smooth.Add shredded smoked mozzarella and arugula.

Pulse until just combined but still chunky. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough, 1/4 to 1/8 inches thick. Transfer to the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Spread the ricotta mixture on the top, leaving a one inch border. Arrange plum tomatoes on top and drizzle with more olive oil. Bake for 15 to 16 minutes, until the crust is golden.



Greens Quiche

From Farm-Fresh and Fast Cookbook


  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch greens of choice, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Crust: Place all the ingredients in a pie pan. Mix with a fork until well blended, then press over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Flute the edge with your thumb and finger.

Filling: Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a skillet and saute the onion and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the greens and cook until wilted. Set aside to cool slightly.

Beat the eggs and milk in a large bowl. Mix in the salt and the greens mixture. Pour into the crust. Sprinkle the cheese on top, pushing slightly into the egg mixture. Bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes.



Spring Greens Risotto 

from Farm-Fresh Recipes Cookbook

  •  3 TBSP Olive Oil
  • ½ C. Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 ½ C. Arborio Rice
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 C. Hot Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 4C. Coarsely Chopped Spring Greens
  • ¼ tsp Grated Nutmeg (optional)
  • ½ C. Parmesan Cheese

1) Heat oil in heavy pot over medium-high heat.  Add onions; cook 3 minutes. Add rice and salt.  Cook and stir until rice begins to color.

2)  Add ½ C. broth; cook and stir until most of broth is absorbed.  Add 1 1/2C.broth; simmer, stirring occasionally, until mostly absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add remaining broth.  Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3)  Place greens on top of rice.  Cover and simmer 3 minutes.  Stir in greens. Simmer and stir a few minutes more until broth is absorbed and rice is tender but moist.

4)  Remove from heat.  Stir in Parmesan and serve.


Sesame Kale or Collards

From Gardens of Eagan

  • 1 bunch of organic kale or collards, stems removed and coarsely chopped.
  • 1- 4 cloves of garlic, minced, adjust to your taste and social life
  • 1 TBSP organic olive
  • 1 TBSP roasted organic sesame oil
  • 1 /4 cup water
  • Umiboshi vinegar to taste.

Heat oil on med-low in heavy pan. SautŽ garlic for 20-30 seconds, stirring. Add chopped kale/collards and stir with oil and garlic.  Add water and cover. Steam on low for 5-10 minutes, until desired tenderness. Spread on platter. Sprinkle top with roasted sesame oil and umiboshi vinegar to taste.

Serves 3-4.


Kale with Honey-Mustard Sauce


1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and chopped
4 T. honey
3 T. prepared mustard (yellow, Dijon or stone-ground)
2 T. water – more if needed, thin to desired consistency

Bring kale to boil in a large pot of salted water.

Cook until tender – about 3-5 minutes.


Mix sauce ingredients together until smooth. Adjust to taste and consistency. Serve over kale.

Makes 4 servings


Velvety Vegetable Soup

from Simply in Season Cookbook

  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 4 cups /1 L leeks (diced, white part and 1 inch / 2.5 cm of green)
  • 1 cup / 250 ml celery (diced)

Saute in 1/4 cup / 60 ml olive oil over medium-low heat until wilted, 15 minutes.

  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon (chopped; or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (chopped; or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Add and stir well.

  • 4 cups / 1 L chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups / 750 ml potatoes (diced)

Add, cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes.

  • 1 bunch spinach (or collards or kale) (chopped)

Add and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove soup from heat. Puree with hand blender in pot or in small batches in regular blender or food processor. Return soup to pot and place over low heat.

  • 1/2 cup /125 ml milk (optional)

Add, if using, and heat through. Add additional water or broth if thinner consistency is preferred. Adjust seasonings and serve. Optional garnish: a swirl of plain yogurt and/or sprigs of fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, or a celery leaf. Chive blossoms are beautiful over the pale green soup.

Serves 4-6.


Confetti Kale or Collards

from Simply in Season Cookbook

A gorgeous dish full of color and nutrients.

  •  6 cups / 1.5 L kale or collards (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced; optional)

In large frypan saute in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes.

  • 3/4 cup / 175ml corn
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml red sweet pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix in and cook for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.


Fresh Greens Pasta Pie

from Asparagus to Zucchini Cookbook 

  • 6 ounces vermicelli
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach or other greens
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • several shakes hot pepper sauce (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large pie plate. Cook vermicelli according to package directions; drain.  Stir butter and Parmesan cheese into hot vermicelli.  Beat 2 of the eggs and stir well into pasta.  Spoon mixture into pie plate, and use a spoon to shape vermicelli into a pie shell.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake 10 minutes, set aside.  Heat oil in small skillet, add onion and sautŽ until tender. Beat the remaining 3 eggs and combine with spinach, mozzarella, milk, seasonings, and sautŽed onions.  Spoon spinach mixture into pasta shell. Cover pie with aluminum foil. Bake 35 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Makes 6 servings.


Gingered Kale and Tofu

from Simply in Season Cookbook

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup dry sherry or broth
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar

Bring to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Simmer 1 minute and remove from heat.

  • 2 cakes firm tofu, cut in inch squares

Place in a single layer in an ovenproof pan.  Pour marinade over the tofu and set aside for 10 minutes (or more).  Occasionally turn tofu squares over.  Drain, reserving remaining marinade.

  • 2Tbsp peanut oil

Sprinkle over tofu.  Broil for 4 minutes then turn squares over.  Continue broiling until tofu is golden brown, another 3-4 minutes.

  • 6 cups kale, coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp ginger root, peeled and minced

While tofu broils, in a large fry pan sautŽ in 2 Tbsp peanut oil over high heat until kale wilts, stirring constantly.

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • pinch of ground red pepper (optional)

Add and remove from heat.  When tofu is browned, gently toss with cooked kale and as much reserved marinade as desired.  Serve on hot rice topped with toasted cashews or peanuts.


Chard Utopia

from Simply in Season Cookbook

  • 2 cups onion, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt

In a large fry pan sauté in 1 Tbsp olive oil for 5 minutes.

  • 2 ½ pounds Swiss Chard, stemmed, finely chopped

Add and cook until wilted, 5-8 minutes.

  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour

Sprinkle in, stir, and cook over medium heat, 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat.

  • 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • pepper to taste

Mix in.

  • 1 pound frozen phyllo pastry sheet, thawed

Place a sheet of phyllo in an oiled 9×13 inch pan.  Brush or lightly spray sheet with olive oil.  Repeat 7 times.  Spread half the filling evenly on top.  Add 8 more sheets of oiled phyllo.  Cover with the rest of the filling and follow with remaining sheets of phyllo, oiling each, including the top sheet.  Tuck in the edges and bake uncovered in preheated oven at 375 degrees until golden and crispy, 45 minutes.


Pasta with Greens, Kalamata Olives, and Shiitake Mushrooms

from Rolling Prairie Cookbook

  • 3/4 pound penne pasta
  • 11/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 pounds fresh roma tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon or more dried red chili flakes
  • 5 tablespoons chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cups chopped arugula (or any other green)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Put on a large pot of water and cook the pasta while you prepare the sauce.
Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms and sautŽ for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, chili flakes, olives, and salt.
Allow the sauce to simmer approximately 10 minutes.  By now your pasta should be cooked.  Drain it well and toss with the chopped arugula or other greens.
Heap pasta in a large bowl, pour on the sauce and toss lightly again.
Top with grated cheese and serve immediately.

Serves 4.



Long-stewed Kale

from Chez Panisse Vegetables Cookbook by Alice Waters

1 slice smoked bacon

1 onion

1 small carrot

3 cloves garlic

2 bunches kale (about full clear bag)

Salt and pepper

½ cup cream

Grated zest of ½ lemon (about ½ teaspoon)

Cut the bacon into small dice and render it over low heat for about 8 minutes. Peel and chop the onion, carrot, and garlic into small dice and add to the bacon with a splash of water. Cover and stew the vegetables until they are soft and the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

Wash, stem, and coarsely chop the kale (or a combination of kale and mustard greens, or other hearty greens). Add the kale to the vegetables along with some salt and cook uncovered over moderately high heat; the greens will give off a lot of water. Keep cooking until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add half the cream and simmer until it has been almost completely absorbed, then add the other half and keep simmering until it, too, is nearly absorbed. Add the lemon zest, taste and correct the seasoning, serve.

Serves 6.

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