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Simple Garlicky Greens

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This is by far my favorite way to use kale or any other greens because it imparts just a bit more flavor. You can use any dark leafy green and the particularly tough ones like kale, collards, broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, etc work really well. You can do this with spinach as well, but cut down the cooking time so it doesn’t turn to mush.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (I like Kasandrinos)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 very large bunch of greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chicken broth or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add the oil to a large, cold skillet. Add the sliced garlic and cook on low for about 4-6 minutes or just until it starts to brown on the edges. Don’t let it burn though…because burnt garlic isn’t tasty!
  2. Add the chopped greens and chicken broth (or water) and turn up the heat to medium. Stir and cook for anywhere from 4-6 minutes, depending on how tough the greens are. You want them to be tender but not mushy. Greens like collards will take longer because they’re very thick.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Shrimp and Greens

The idea for this recipe came from the back of a Trader Joe’s bag of mixed cooking greens…I modified it by cutting back on the amount of olives called for as well as the addition of the shrimp and sun dried tomatoes. This meal has everything I like: it’s fast, can be made in one pot, and has tons of flavor. You could easily double the recipe and have leftovers for a couple of days. If you don’t like shrimp, you could add in your meat of choice after the greens have cooked down.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lb of chopped greens (kale, mustard greens, collards…mix and match or use what’s on hand)
  • 1/2 can of olives, chopped
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes (I like them dried instead of packed in oil)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 8 oz raw shrimp
  • Black pepper and salt to taste

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Directions:

1. Chop garlic and olives.

2. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add a spoonful of coconut oil and sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds.

3. Add the chopped olives, sun dried tomatoes and black pepper. Saute for a couple of minutes.

4. Add the chopped greens and chicken broth. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low, allowing the greens to soften and cook down, about 15 minutes. Add more broth if the pan starts to dry out.

5. After the greens are cooked, add raw shrimp on top, replace the cover and cook for about 5 more minutes until the shrimp is pink.

6. Serve with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil.