Posts tagged green leafy vegetables
Ode to Fall Veggies

It’s officially fall, and I can say without a doubt that my absolute favorite season has arrived. As much as I love swimming in the lake in the summer with the dogs, or taking them up to the snow in the winter, and as much as I love to see my terrace flowers and plants come to life in the spring, fall just screams my name. I partly blame The Gilmore Girls for this fall fascination. Is it just me or did it feel like 90% of that show happened in the fall, and featured the most gorgeous New England fall foliage and weather all the time? I also blame it on Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan when in the midst of one of my favorite romantic comedies and a total tribute to books and the reading life, they discuss the fall and bouquets of sharpened pencils. I don’t miss much about being in school, but reading and analyzing books with my high school teacher Liz is one of those things I look back on fondly, the other is shopping for school supplies at the stationary store, so bouquets of sharpened pencils sounds just about right.

In today’s episode though, we won’t be talking about my pluviophile nature, or the fact that fall trees just make a city that much more beautiful, we’re getting our cooking on and talking about fall veggies and what to do with them. I’m going to give you a brief list of some of my fall favorite vegetables, and give you one or two quick ideas of how you can turn them into dinner tonight. Sound good? Let’s do this thing! Although it will be all about the veggies today, I’m including some fall fruits like apples, figs and pomegranates within the ideas for each veg, so you can max out the savings and deliciousness of the farmer’s market this time of year.

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Hummus, Kale, Shiitake and Turmeric Toast

There are many reasons why Carlos thinks I'm a little alien from outer space. One of the biggest reasons is that when he wakes up and is thinking about vegan croissants with jams and jellies, peanut butter, sweet porridges or cereal, he walks into the kitchen, and there I am, spatula in hand, sautéing mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, kale, or getting sauerkraut out of a jar and the hummus out of the fridge. He calls me a breakfast alien. I just call myself a savoury breakfast eater, which is actually more common than you might think!

I love having jams and jellies and croissants as much as the next person, but I always need something savory, and I simply don't think that vegetables and breakfast clash!

"Says who?!" is what I always tell Carlos when he says vegetables and breakfast together define my alien status.

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Simple Pan Fried Bok Choy

Bok choy is one of those magical green leafy vegetables that are nutritional powerhouses! Bok choy is one of the highest plant sources of calcium and it's sweet, soft and crunchy all at the same time. It's perfect in stir-fries or as a simple side, which is exactly what we're teaching you how to make today!

The best way to incorporate the health benefits of green leafy veggies into your diet is to eat as many of them as possible, and one way to do that is to make them in a simple way with just a few ingredients so you don't even have to think about it come meal time. In today's video we're teaching you how to cook bok choy with just 4 ingredients, and we're also talking a bit about stainless steel pans and the crazy yet simple trick you need to know to avoid food from sticking to them.

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