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Can’t Beat Beet Greens May 11, 2010

Filed under: easy,fast,locavore,thrift,Uncategorized,vegetables,vegetarian — Austin Frugal Foodie @ 6:04 pm

good greens: good and green!

Local beets be ’bout gone, but big ruby beauties beckoned this past Saturday, all coyly coiffed with scarlet-striped greens atop scarlet stalks.  Who would dream of throwing away those leafy lagniappes?  I save the edible greens from most of my produce:  all the root veggies plus kohlrabi, and leek tops go straight into the freezer to await the stockpot.  Carrot tops I utilize the least, but I try to get to them as well.

Easy for creamin’, beet greens quickly cook up tenderly toothsome without disintegrating.  For my last batch I  wilted the rinsed leaves in hot olive oil (Central Market’s organic brand offers a great value or try Texas Olive Ranch for local), added a splash of organic cream (Organic Valley’s my top choice) and a small chunk of organic cream cheese (CM’s own brand is usually cheapest).  Seasoned with a dash of garam masala and salt to taste, these greens didn’t even need a squeeze of fresh lemon for brightening at the table, but it’s up to you!

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4 Responses to “Can’t Beat Beet Greens”

  1. Genny Dalton Says:

    You know, I’ve gotten to the point where I just throw everything green into a saute pan with some olive oil, crushed garlic, and a little salt and let nature take its course. A couple of days ago I did this with beet greens that I didn’t have enough time to chop up, and accidentally left them on for too long without enough liquid, covered with a silicone lid. Surprise! Slightly crunchy, deeply flavored beet leaves! (Who knew?)
    Love the recipes! Keep ’em comin!

  2. mem80 Says:

    Holy smokes! That looks awesome!
    Actually, everything on your blog looks awesome! Great work and thanks for sharing!


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