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In last nights cooking class “GREEN GODDESS, I had the pleasure of teaching seven fresh faces the wonders of green veggies. There is nothing more satisfying than inspiring people to add more veggies into their diet. Green veggies, may I add are not just any veggies. They are super veggies, that carry with them super powers. What I mean by “powers”, is all kinds of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients that contribute to a strong, healthy and vibrant body. Most greens contain good amounts of antioxidants, vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium and calcium. They are also rich in chlorophyll which is an important phytochemical that aids in detoxification.
As I made clear in my class last night, any meal or at the very least, any day that goes by without green veggies – is not a complete day! Your body will thank you once you start to add in some form of GREEN, trust me!
By green I am talking about any veggie that ranges from spinach, to collards, to swiss chard, to zucchini, arugula, kale (in all it’s forms), cabbage, green beans, broccoli, rapini, dandelion, salad greens and the list goes on. Greens can also be consumed in the form of green powders – such as vita mineral greens, sea vegetables, hemp protein, chlorella or wheatgrass (these are your most concentrated forms of greens).
If greens aren’t already part of your life in some form, I encourage you to get on the green train and start munching. If it comes down to not knowing how to prepare some of these greens or how to incorporate them into simple recipes, that is where coming to a cooking class can be very helpful! In each class – I always cover more than one recipe that has some form of green in it!
But the good news is, is that greens can be as simple as having a salad, or throwing some greens like spinach into your morning smoothie recipe or made into “chips”! Because I want you to start using greens right away, I am going to provide you with a simple and delicious recipe to get started! Using greens in the form of a soup puree, is a really easy way to get in a whole whack of different green veggies in one serving. Enjoy
Green Garden Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 cups green beans, chopped
4-6 cups filtered water
1 small bunch of kale, chopped
½ head green cabbage, chopped
½ bunch broccoli, cut in to small florets
½ bunch cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 teaspoon each fresh parsley, thyme and basil (chopped) or herb d’provence
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium soup pot turn on heat to medium, add a drop of olive oil along with onions. Sauté until transparent.
- Add celery and green beans and continue to cook until softened.
- Pour in water and bring to a boil.
- Add in cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower. Allow simmering for 15- 20 minutes – then add the kale.
- Stir in fresh herbs.
- Use a hand blender or add mixture to a glass blender and puree until a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Some amazing books that highlight green veggies are -(some are listed and can be purchased right from my blog)
Green For Life
Green Glorious Greens
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