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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1/21/2014 9:20:32 PM

MITCHDY's SparkPage
I love the idea of kale or arugula pesto, and adding them to hummus!


1/21/2014 8:09:14 PM

I too like the idea of using veggies in place of rice. 8-)


1/21/2014 3:54:18 PM

Love these ideas! Thanks for the recipe, LongLife7!


1/21/2014 3:10:40 PM

FEDERMAN27's SparkPage
Love the mash potato idea!! Will definetly try this


1/21/2014 3:02:16 PM

I like greens going to try some of these this week...thank you


1/21/2014 2:13:21 PM

Adding spinach, broccoli, or zucchini to eggs plus 1 T of Parmesan cheese is a favorite of mine. Usually a two egg white omelette. Very filling.


1/21/2014 12:58:03 PM

I love the mashed potato idea as well!! I always keep a bag of frozen spinach on hand to mix with pasta or eggs.


1/21/2014 11:42:52 AM

Use bagged spinach all the time in this and that. Favorite:

A throw together beans and spinach fast side for 2 with some leftovers.

1 can cannellini beans
little bit of onion
1 clove chopped garlic
couple handfuls of spinach

Heat up the beans and season them to your liking with spices and veggies.
Cook for about 12 minutes. Place in a couple handfuls of baby spinach and let it wilt in.
B4 serving add a dash of hot sauce.


1/21/2014 10:39:28 AM

MCCRAEE1's SparkPage
I use the coleslaw (or brocolli slaw) all the time in place of pasta. I use it raw because i like the crunch. The hot spaghetti sauce kind of wilts the brocolli. If I'm dying for pasta I'll make it 1/2 and 1/2 pasta & brocolli slaw but I often forgo the pasta all together

We also like to make sushi and I will make myself a sushi bowl. Its really a salad w/ everything that you would put in a california roll (leave out the rice) in a bowl on top of raw plain coleslaw. Sprinkle with rice wine vinegar. it is really yummy


1/21/2014 10:27:37 AM

PEZCATHY's SparkPage
Colcannon is made with cabbage and potatoes, along with some ham or bacon for flavor. I usually use twice as much cabbage as potatoes, and only a small amount of ham for flavor. One of my favorite recipes ever. Make in a big batch and freeze in serving size containers!


1/21/2014 9:00:10 AM

GONNALOSE5's SparkPage
I love, love, love these bagged greens ideas. I have cooked salad greens, but not sure if would have happily or readily admitted it. I will definately make the mashed potatoes and greens.


1/21/2014 8:09:11 AM

I love greens, so these are excellent ways to use them.


1/21/2014 8:06:44 AM

Good ideas! Especially like the bagged coleslaw for stir fry. Lots easier than chopping cabbage.


1/21/2014 7:56:04 AM

I like the mashed potato idea im gonna try for that tonight


1/21/2014 3:02:28 AM

The dip presentation and salad on a stick look like good party food alternatives

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