Friday, May 15, 2015

Sauteed Dandelion Greens

In honor of celebrating the dandelion this week, we are sharing a delicious dandelion greens recipe today!  Dandelion leaves have a bitter flavor that is great for digestion and is full of antioxidants.  The bitter flavor of dandelions increases saliva production which is an important part of breaking down food.  Even adding just a few chopped up dandelion greens to your daily salad will help assimilate your body to their bitterness and will help aid in digestion.  And if you have a whole lot of dandelion greens in your yard, try out this delicious sauteed dandelion greens recipe!

  • Large bunch dandelion greens, rinsed of dirt and rough chopped with stems
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Splash of hot pepper vinegar sauce (apple cider vinegar can be used instead)
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering in a sauce pan. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring frequently just until the garlic starts to brown.
  • Add the chopped dandelion greens in and toss well to coat. Pour in the vegetable broth and simmer, stirring occasionally over medium heat until the broth is almost completely absorbed.
  • Toss in pine nuts, lemon juice, then add the vinegar and mix to incorporate. Serve hot or warm as a side dish — or make it a meal by serving with a couple of fried eggs.

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