Recipe: Braised Mustard Greens

During the holiday season, every recipe can seem like a real chore. Simple green foods are too often left out of the menu. This week, consider letting your mustard greens really shine with this simple preparation.

Ingredients:

Greens
1 tsp. (TEASPOON) butter – olive oil can substitute.
1/2 medium onion – chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
2 c. chicken stock or broth
Salt, pepper and seasonings to taste

Optional: Real bacon crumbles

The Method:

Wash your greens thoroughly and spin or pat dry. In this world of over processed produce, don’t forget that your Veggie Bin produce may still have a bit of earth on-board since it was in the ground just hours ago! Chopping your greens or not is up to your preference, but be sure to remove any tough stems.

Melt a teaspoon of butter (olive oil can substitute) in a medium skillet, non-stick is great if you have it, over medium-high heat. After the butter is foaming, add half of a chopped onion. Cook until the onion gets tender-crisp. Add garlic and stir until it becomes fragrant. Add your greens and stir until they begin to wilt. Add 2 cups of chicken stock or broth and lower heat to just simmering. (See TIP below)

At this point, you should begin seasoning. This is a “salt and pepper to taste” situation, but remember that your liquid will reduce so don’t overdo it. If you’re interested in such things, this is a great place to use a dash of Cajun seasoning like Tony Chachere’s. Also, if you can find it, my secret ingredient is “J.D.’s Hickory Bacon Salt” – a 100% vegan, kosher (but not even close to natural), non-fat killer app for greens that scream out for bacon flavor. It has been spotted here in Jax at Publix, Wal-mart and Winn-Dixie markets.

Cover and continue to simmer greens until they are to your own liking. When you serve, consider a sprinkle of real bacon crumbles. This recipe is incredibly low in calories, very flavorful and can be used for just about any cooking green you have on hand.
TIP: If you’re not making your own, consider the new concentrated stock packets to cut down on your packaging. They look like ketchup packets and contain enough concentrate to yield a cup of broth.

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