Abigail J. Dougherty, RD, LD/N: Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Expert and Lover of Life
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How to Keep Super Greens All Year {Technique Tuesday}

Happy New Year!!

Here are a few of my favorite New Year Quotes :)

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Less/More 2014

Can you believe how fast this year went? WOWZA, I feel like it went by in a blink and I have this crazy notion that the years will only go by faster! One thing I want to work on this year (and every year) is savoring every moment. I often miss little (and big) life events because I am focused on the next goal, event and day that I miss the moment.  2014 Goal: Live in the NOW!
Confession: I have been a big blogger slacker these last few weeks (sorry Caroline)! My Technique Tuesday PIC (partner in Crime) Caroline has been so understanding!! Another goal for 2014: Be a consistent blogger!!
For this Technique Tuesday post, I wanted to focus on something little that you can do to help ensure that you will get your daily dose of Supergreens! This technique is simple and a HUGE timesaver. I always used to see bloggers posting pictures and recipes of soups and other dishes with dark leafy greens like kale, collard greens, mustard greens, and beet greens. I’d think, how do they always have that on hand and fresh?!  Well my dear friend Susan of Soulful Seed, solved that problem for me and I think it might help you all too!!
Enter: “Freezer Greens”! I keep a bag of greens (kale, collard greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, spinach, beet greens) in my freezer at all times!
Bon Appetit's Greens Guide - So helpful!

Bon Appetit’s Greens Guide – So helpful!

What I like to do is buy two bunches at a time and keep one fresh and freeze the other. I use the freezer greens in anything from soups, stews, casseroles, homemade pizza and my current favorite, egg scrambles! Almost every morning I have 1 egg + 2 egg whites with a ~1 cup of freezer greens! They are so delicious and such a great way to start out the day!
Eggs + Kale = Breakfast fave!

Eggs + Kale = Breakfast fave!

How to Keep Super Greens All Year:

Step 1:

Wash and trim greens. Lay them on a paper towel or put them in your Salad Spinner.

Delicious Beet Greens!

Delicious Beet Greens!

Greens!!

Beet Greens all laid out and ready to go!

Step 2:

Place Greens in a freezer safe bag and place in the freezer.

All ready for the freezer!

All ready for the freezer!

 

Place in freezer

Place in freezer

Step 3:

When ready to use, pull out and smash the frozen greens. They get all small and crumbly, the perfect size for any culinary desires!

Crumbly & Delicious Kale - Pre chopped and ready to go!

Crumbly & Delicious Kale – Pre chopped and ready to go!

Use as desired or in these delicious recipes – Just click on the recipe to go right to the site! :)

Sausage and Kale Soup via 7 on a Shoestring

Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Orange Sage Dressing via  The Roasted Root

Cheesy Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Bake  via Baker by Nature

Minestrone with Collard Greens and White Beans  via Martha Stewart

Collard Greens, Chicken, Blue Cheese and Apple Salad via The Healthy Foodie

Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Swiss Chard via Opera Singer in the Kitchen

I hope you enjoy “Freezer Greens” as much as I do!

<3 Abigail

 

 

4 Comments to “How to Keep Super Greens All Year {Technique Tuesday}”

  1. “Smacks head on forehead”… “Why haven’t I been doing this?!”

    I always either overdose on or waste kale when I buy it because one bunch is never enough and two is too much!

    I really will use this technique. Keep ‘em coming!!!

    Happy New Year to my favorite blogging best friend!

  2. I just started doing this after our visit! I already LOVE having kale, I bought locally at the farmers market, ready to use in my freezer! Thanks!!

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