Eating your greens
Posted by kathryn in Vegetables
I was reading an article this morning about Stephanie Alexander’s school garden project. In it was this advice for getting kids to eat good food:
Some words should never be uttered in the company of minors, [Alexander] says. “Healthy” is one, “Greens” is another.
While this may well be true, it also got me thinking about what a terrible image problem green vegetables have. While everyone agrees they’re good for you, poor old greens are mocked and vilified as too boring and just too green.
I personally love greens and would eat them most days. It might be rocket, spinach or herbs in a lunch-time salad. I regularly add silverbeet to frittatas and spinach to pasta sauces. Dinner might include a side of steamed broccoli, some sauteed mixed leaves or a smidgeon of cabbage.
However one of the best lessons I’ve learnt, is from Jamie Oliver’s Italian book – and it’s to mix up the greens you use.
If you’re having spinach, then combine it with a few handfuls of fresh herbs. Add beetroot greens, cabbage and kale to silverbeet. Using a combination of green vegetables is much more interesting than eating each one individually. You get more flavour, the bitterness of one is counter-acted by the sweetness of another. Each mouthful is different.
You can get an idea of how I do this here.
What’s your favourite way to eat green vegies?
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