Unconventional Ways to Use Bagged Greens

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Unconventional Ways to Use Bagged Greens

By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer

Who's up for a quick round of "Iron Chef"? Today's mystery ingredient is a good one: bagged greens. Easy to use and packed with nutrition, you probably have a bag or two of these pre-washed, ready-to-eat greens in the fridge right now. But beyond salads, what can you do with them? Plenty!


Pumped-Up Pesto

Swap arugula or baby kale for the herbs in your favorite pesto recipe, or simply add a handful in addition to the basil.

Healthier Hummus

Call on spinach, arugula or kale the next time you make hummus. Pureeing a few handfuls of greens will lighten and brighten your favorite dip.

Lettuce Wraps

Instead of bread, wraps or taco shells, pile all your fillings into whole leaves of Romaine for a light and crunchy meal.

Simple Soup

On nights when you don't want to cook, stir spinach, arugula or shredded cabbage into your favorite canned soup, then simmer until the greens are cooked.

Lighter Deli Salad

Mix shredded greens or cabbage into homemade or store-bought tuna, chicken or egg salad for added crunch and fiber.

Low-Carb Side Swap

Instead of serving a shrimp stir-fry or chicken curry atop rice or noodles, use coleslaw mix that's been steamed until tender-crisp.

Pizza Topping

Toss fresh arugula or spinach on a pizza--homemade, frozen or delivery--while it's still hot for a cool, crunchy contrast to your warm and chewy pie.

Dunkers for Dip

Instead of chips or crackers, use whole leaves of crunchy Romaine to scoop up dip--or spread a spoonful down the center for an elegant presentation.

Taste of the Irish

For an Irish twist on mashed potatoes called colcannon, place a bag of spinach or baby kale in the colander before draining boiled potatoes, then mash as usual with plenty of butter and milk, plus a pinch of nutmeg.

Salad on a Stick

Thread chunks of folded Romaine or another sturdy green with peppers, olives, cucumbers and any other vegetable you like onto bamboo skewers, then drizzle with your favorite dressing for an inventive salad worthy of any special occasion.

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MARTHROID

4/22/2015 5:15:30 PM

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Colcannon and dippers are new to me. I will definitely try both! I do most of the others, trying to get healthy stuff in my kids.

DEEA2Z

4/22/2015 2:10:22 PM

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I'm going to use a Spark'cipe to make my tahini paste, and Chef Meg's Traditional Hummus and add in some of the kale-arugula-spinach greens I bought the other day! Then, I'm going to make a soup for dinner tonight and put the greens in it as well. It will be an Italian Hot Sausage soup...haven't made up the recipe for that one yet :)

MEWING71

4/22/2015 1:56:20 PM

This is definitely a do for me. Feeding a family and keeping a busy schedule you are often looking for something quick and simple. This is it!

MARIONSHOEBOX

2/26/2015 6:05:42 PM

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Thanks for these great ideas. I add them the last minute to stir fry dishes and cook lightly. I also toast bby greens of spinach and kale in the oven with a lot of seasons and olive oil. Put id bowl, coat a little with olive oil. Then add seasons to taste. Lay on cookie sheets and cook for 8 minutes at 325 degrees. Don't burn! Eat immediately.

ASKPAM

2/26/2015 5:46:45 PM

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I use alot of greens in my smootie recipes. :-)

ASKPAM

2/26/2015 5:45:31 PM

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One of my recipes I cook Quinoa and roast veggies. When quinoa is done I add it to the spinich and wilt it. If you want full recipe let me know.

DEMVERHEAD

2/26/2015 4:37:39 PM

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On the colcannon, sub half the potatoes with Cauliflower...just steam them together and mash. Your kids will never know the difference, and you slide more high value produce in them unawares!

AKELAZ

2/26/2015 2:46:44 PM

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Excellent ideas here - will be trying all that I don't already do as I love veggies. Healthy and low-cal - irresistible!

AKELAZ

2/26/2015 2:46:36 PM

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Excellent ideas here - will be trying all that I don't already do as I love veggies. Healthy and low-cal - irresistible!

AKELAZ

2/26/2015 2:46:26 PM

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Excellent ideas here - will be trying all that I don't already do as I love veggies. Healthy and low-cal - irresistible!

JANEWATKINS

2/26/2015 10:52:39 AM

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I cannot believe my eyes on the suggestion for Irish mashed potatoes. It actually says to add PLENTY of butter and milk. Really? Someone must be asleep at the wheel in the recipe division!

LCERTUCHE

2/26/2015 9:49:01 AM

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I love to add greens to scrambled eggs for my breakfast burritos. It's my sons favorite way of eating greens.

GETTINFITASTIC

2/26/2015 9:12:59 AM

Love the idea of blending spinach/kale into hummus. It's a staple around our house, and we always welcome a fun twist!

HEATHERBTRU

12/22/2014 8:55:03 AM

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Sound great! Lots if good ideas here!

GLOMER

10/17/2014 5:07:38 PM

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Use the roll ups, have tried the irish stuff but not exactly like this. Am going to add to my pizza next - really looks good.
Thanks.

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