You guys know I love my greens. I honestly feel off-kilter when I don't eat enough of them. However, like I said, I've been kind of busy or, at least, my mind has been elsewhere, and after sadly slacking on grocery purchases, I found myself without spinach or kale, my two staples.
But I needed salad! What oh what to do? Digging in the vegetable bin, I found some recently purchased beets with their tops still on.
This is raw beet greens, avocado, red pepper, olives, portabella mushrooms, and red onion. Dressed with mustard-balsamic vinaigrette and black pepper.
Second salad, still spinach-less, I used parsley as my green base! Thanks to Shen for the tip on keeping parsley fresh by keeping it in a glass of water on the counter top. It really helped me out this time.
I think some people don't love parsley because it definitely has a more potent flavor than spinach or other greens, but it is so incredibly good for you. Plus, when you load it up with other delicious veggies and an awesome dressing, the parsley is just a refreshing backdrop. This salad is parsley, portabella (I bought three to cook for emorial Day and got too lazy to turn the oven on, so raw it is!), cherry tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, olives, and red onion. In a hummus/mustard dressing (2:1 hummus:mustard with water to thin).
And, not exactly a salad but a way to use greens without even trying. I'm not gluten-free but I try not to eat straight up bread or crackers anymore, beyond the occasional treat. I just feel uncomfortably full when I do and I'd rather the taste focus on the fillings. That's what we're there for anyway, right? Bread is just the usual conveyance of food to one's mouth. But it doesn't need to be! I picked up some collard greens today to use as a wrap (rather than a bun or tortilla) for the burgers from the other day.
Stuffed with sprouts, carrot, tomato, red onion, burger, hummus, and mustard. Wrapped up and devoured.
So there ya go. It's easier to get yr greens in than you may have thought. Sometimes ya just gotta expand yr chlorophyllic horizons. Have a good evening, guys.