Greens are loaded with flavor, packed with nutrients, and super versatile in the kitchen. They're perfect for all kinds of quick kitchen hacks, and today I want to share one of my favorites with you: double duty greens.
You see, greens can do double duty in your kitchen if you put a moment or two into planning.
To use them to their full potential, buy greens that can be served raw or fresh. Arugula, spinach, and kale are all perfect examples.
At the beginning of the week, serve them raw. These greens are perfect in salads and tossed into chilled grain dishes. As they start to lose that perfect crispness, you can switch to serving the remaining greens cooked -- they'll still shine! Try tossing some greens into pasta, soup, stir fry, steamed veggies, sautéed veggies, or whatever else you'd like.
To choose greens that can do double-duty in your kitchen, it's important to select healthy, firm specimens. Skip the ones with spots of rot or significant blemishes that would make them go bad faster. Bright and healthy color is a good indicator of quality too. If the greens are getting yellow around the edges, they're almost past their prime!
How will you use this kitchen hack to make your week easier?
Oh, and if you missed any of the previous installments in this series, don't worry, it's not too late! You can catch up on all these great kitchen hacks with the links below!
- Cook and Walk at the Same Time
- Inspiration and Meal Perfection
- Shortcuts to More Fruits and Vegetables
- Single Skillet Meals
- Add Beans to Meals
- Baked Lemons
- Equipment Review: Silicone Oven Mitts
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.