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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10/17/2014 5:07:38 PM

GLOMER's SparkPage
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.


10/17/2014 2:44:23 PM

G-NINE's SparkPage
Awesome Ideas! Thanks so much!


10/17/2014 12:53:58 PM

I love Olivia's brand - it's clean, stays fresh longer and doesn't go mushy as quickly as bagged greens or those from Earthbound Farm. Can't beat the simplicity of enjoying greens and spinach just a salad companion to a tasty protein!


9/14/2014 2:52:35 PM

Not really sure most of these are that ' unconventional' , but there are some good ideas. Course any of these can be used w fresh greens too. I sometimes buy the coleslaw mixes when On sale I save the sauce and xtra back and simply sautéed the cabbage mix w a little olive oil and spices adding shrimp or sausage. Gives a nice texture and tangy flavor.


7/25/2014 4:34:47 PM

I enjoyed the slides - the pictures were great! I liked the mashed potato and thought it would also work well with cauliflower in place of the potato. I used to like lettuce wraps, but forgot about them until now. Thanks!


7/25/2014 2:36:40 PM

BLUEJAY1969's SparkPage
This sounds like a good plan to flavor up the bagged greens and increase the amount of the salad as well as lowering the calories and increasing your veggie intake!


7/25/2014 12:36:38 PM

Wow. Several of these I m already doing (broccoli slaw IS the new pasta!). Others are some really GREAT ideas that I haven't tried -- I can't wait to toss some arugula on top of my homemade chicken soup this fall and I have been looking for a new delivery system for my goat cheese. Hello, romaine!


7/25/2014 11:23:04 AM

Thanks for the great ideas!


7/25/2014 9:20:52 AM

ANLAOCH's SparkPage
Spinach is pretty much a staple in my house and seems to find it's way into just about everything. I do like the looks of the low-carb side swap and have chicken curry on the menu this week. As for the colcannon, it is usually cabbage or green onions that are mashed with the potatoes, but think I am going to try using spinach next time just to see how it tastes.


7/25/2014 8:34:14 AM

I love, love, love arugula on pizza. It's such an easy and delicious way of adding tasty goodness to any kind of pizza, home made or restaurant.


7/25/2014 8:13:19 AM

This sound deli and oh so easy.


7/25/2014 7:53:34 AM

ZELDA13's SparkPage
Thanks for these tips. I have a hard time finding romaine that is decent enough to use for a wrap, but love the idea to use it to dip. I thought I needed a food processor for hummus but I will now whip some up in the blender. Store bought is too salty for me and I really love it.
Also, I seldom use canned soup. I usually make a pot each week, but sometimes don't have the chance. While I add tons of kale, spinach and so on to homemade, I never thought to add it to canned. I won't feel as guilty when I eat it now. Thanks.


7/25/2014 4:17:15 AM

AKELAZ's SparkPage
AND the pine nuts, if you can spare the calories. I dry fry mine first - adds a delicious extra dimension of flavour!


7/25/2014 1:02:49 AM

I have been eating green salad rolling with roasted breast chicken
for strictly in the few months I have lost 35 bl. Now I'm looking slim and healthier than
Before my diet.


5/27/2014 8:28:42 PM

I don't use bagged greens because of the bacteria scares. I used to, but they don't last over a day or two in the fridge before they smell bad, so I just say no.

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