Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves by Nava Atlas
Nava Atlas serves up a comprehensive collection of easy and scrumptious recipes, all featuring super-nourishing leafy greens. Leafy greens are a breeze to grow and prepare, and these 125 dishes showcase the most commonly used varieties in an irresistible selection of soups, salads, stews, stir-fries, pastas, and more.
Nava’s up-to-the-minute ideas range from using sturdy collard greens as wrappers for savory fillings to whirling tender arugula and watercress into incredible dips.
There’s even a section on beverages — green smoothies and juices have a growing legion of devotees. Leafy greens, including kale, collards, spinach, arugula, mustard greens, Asian greens, and others are considered the most nutrient-packed foods on the planet, and Wild About Greens makes it easy and delicious to incorporate them into daily fare.
From the intro to Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas
It wouldn’t be terrible if all you ever do with big bunches of kale, collard greens, and chard is to sauté or braise them in olive oil. Your well-being would certainly be enhanced if you do little more with tender raw spinach, arugula, and watercress but toss them into salads. And if the only way that Asian greens make it into your repertoire is quickly wilted into stir-fries, neither these veggies nor you will be any the worst for it.
If you do nothing more with greens than prepare them in these tried-and-true ways, you’re still way ahead of anyone who has yet to make eating leafy greens a daily habit (and your health will benefit, as well!). But why stop there, when there’s an abundance of easy ways to use these supremely nourishing, abundant, and delicious leafy veggies?
From stirring them into soups and stews to creating vitamin-packed juices and smoothies, greens keep the palate open to delight and surprise. I myself have been delighted by amazing fruit smoothies can be with spinach added, and surprised by how addictive raw kale salads are.
No longer do you need to follow the old rules of boiling big pots of water to cook greens, thus losing vitamins and flavor in the process. Stir-fried collard ribbons, anyone?
Interest in leafy greens has proliferated in the past few years, right along with their availability, in just about every type of market there is—farm markets, produce stands, community-supported agriculture farms, natural foods stores, and even the ordinary supermarket.
Not long ago, in the dead of winter, I was stunned to see an array of at least a dozen varieties of fresh greens right in my none-too-urbane local supermarket; they were a sight for sore eyes and a weary palate. Most were organic, as apparently, many greens are easy to grow that way.
Rarely do I see limp, unloved greens languishing in the produce section—their lively freshness indicates that conscious consumers are buying up these leafy beauties well before they’re set to expire.
“I’ve had a love affair with green leafy vegetables for over two decades. Wild About Greens will help me take this love affair through the stratosphere! Thanks, Nava, for sharing the love.” — Rip Esselstyn, bestselling author of The Engine 2 Diet
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“Greens are a side dish no more! Inspired by an overabundance of chard in her kitchen garden, Atlas created a full menu of over 100 internationally inspired dishes and dips starring cruciferous greens. Full of enticing recipes like Kale Chips and Collard-Wrapped Yellow Rice and Black Bean Enchiladas, this cookbook will attract vegans, vegetarians, foodies, and adventurous dieters.” — Library Journal
“Ms. Atlas is that rarest of creatures, a sensible, non-preachy vegan with a sense of humor. . .you’ll find plenty of useful information in this highly readable collection of 125 recipes featuring leafy green vegetables — seventeen categories in all, from arugula to watercress.
There several standouts, including Sautéed Sweet and Citrusy Beets With Their Greens. In a chapter about matching greens to beans, grains and pastas, Ms. Atlas presents Hoisin-Glazed Bok Choy With Tofu and Soba Noodles, as satisfying as any meat or poultry stir fry … you don’t have to be a committed vegetarian to enjoy Ms. Atlas’s flavorful, easy-to-follow recipes.” — Wall Street Journal
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