Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Greens Week, Part II

Greens are one of the most versatile ingredients to work with, not to mention how quick and easy they are to prepare. A huge pile of spinach and arugula, microwaved for two minutes, topped with lemon juice and salt, makes a great addition to any lunch. When making a side of greens for dinner, I like to incorporate similar flavors from the main dish. This broccoli was conceived as a side dish for an Asian tofu stir-fry, incorporating chili, garlic and soy. Later, I was testing one of my recipes, a Southeast Asian tofu dish, and it did not turn out well. I already had brown rice prepared, I was starving, and I had nothing to eat. Remembering this flavorful, and satisfying broccoli dish, I adapted it to spinach, and added some cashews for a little protein and fat. 5 minutes later, I had a nourishing and tasty dinner. Eating greens shouldn’t be an ordeal, and eating well shouldn’t take hours of preparation. You can use this recipe for a main dish, or a side, and have a spectacular and good-for-you dinner in minutes.

Chili Garlic Greens

1 tablespoon chili garlic paste
2 tablespoons chinese rice wine
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Greens of your choice (1 head broccoli, 6 cups spinach, etc.)
1/2 cup cashews (optional)

In a large sauté pan, combine the chili garlic paste, rice wine, and soy sauce. Stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Add the greens, cover, and simmer until tender; time will vary depending on which green you are using. Toss and serve immediately.

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