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10/9/10 7:58 P

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thanks for all your suggestions, I was worried about ruining them but I guess you can't

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10/9/10 7:06 P

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I get greens of all kinds. Throw some leaves into your blender when you make your smoothie. Also, it's good if you chop some onions, fresh garlic, parsley, and mix with your greens and stir fry with a little EVOO. You can also throw your greens in your slow cooker too. I like the flavor when I mix different types of greens.

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10/9/10 10:16 A

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Add them raw to a good garden salad. They are too bitter cooked and I think the vitamin content is super when raw!

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10/8/10 2:39 P

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Zucchini is not a green. It can be frozen but only when cooked or stewed. It will still come out mushy though. Summer squash like zucchini and yellow squash have too much water in them to freeze, unless you will use them to make zucchini bread or mix them in soups. All leafy greens can be frozen after you steam them. (Lettuce does not count. Lettuce needs to be eaten fresh.)

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KOKOEK9's Photo KOKOEK9 Posts: 7,166
10/8/10 2:14 P

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Hi thanks for the suggestions especially on how to freeze greens, are there any greens you can't freeze. I froze a half a small zucchini and when I took it out a few days later it was mush what should i have done

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10/8/10 9:06 A

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Mike, I buy greens of all kinds. (mostly kale and spinach) This is what I do with them. With kale and other greens that have big stems I cut the greens off of the stems and chop them up. Then, I steam them in a big pot with a tiny little bit of water(Watch closely and add more water if it steams away.) Once they are cooked down, I drain them and squeeze the water out of them (a salad spinner works well too.)I then put the greens in a zip lock bag and press them flat. I then freeze them. That way any time I make a meal and am ready to microwave the food, I break off a small portion of the greens and add it to my soup or casserole and mix them in.

I make Indian food a lot and I sometimes serve my chana masala over this reheated Kale instead of rice. This could be done with any kind of soup or stew.

I seldom eat the greens by themselves. My method would work well for adding greens to smoothies too.

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10/8/10 8:43 A

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I am new to greens as well. I am a HUGE fan of sauteed spinach with garlic and sometimes onion (made in a non-stick pan you can use a little water or stock vs. olive oil, but a bit of that is fine also). There's just nothing better! I've made bean and escarole soup and had soups with kale. I think it's simply a matter of being willing to try something new and finding out what you like. If you're good with sauteeing, you will be fine. I also tried beet greens last summer (who knew?) and I liked them, but spinach is still my all-time fave. Let us know which ones you like and maybe we will try them too! (PS--salt-free seasoning and pepper may help too).

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10/8/10 12:27 A

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I love to chop them up and put them in soup. Sometimes just cooking them with garlic and oil, and tossing with pasta is another good way to use them as well as check for recipes if not here at Spark I know that Food Network website as plenty of recipes as well.

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KOKOEK9's Photo KOKOEK9 Posts: 7,166
10/8/10 12:22 A

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Hi I was looking for some kale at the store and they had collards, endive, mustard greens, dandelion greens, kolrabi, beet greens and others, how do I use them. I need to vary my diet but can't afford to buy something i CAN'T FIX

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