Ingredient of the Week: Mustard Greens
Have you tried mustard greens?
I did only just. Here's how that went down.
So on my baby weight shakin' quest, of dairy and gluten free fame, I've also replaced breakfast with so-called "green shakes".
The basic idea is you fill a blender up with greens, spinach or broccoli or summat, and top it off with fruit and maybe some flax seed powder or something, and blend, blend, blend.
The outcome is usually pretty good, actually. Especially with a sweet green like spinach. Spinach and frozen mangoes is my favorite, I could drink that ish every day.
But I've been trying to shake it up a little. Spinach isn't the only thing that's good for you, you know?
So I went to the store, stood in front of the wall of greens for a good thirty minutes, and bought some mustard greens.
And I made them into a smoothie.
Don't. Can I just say? Don't...do that.
Here's why. Mustard greens are no spinach! They are fiery, spicy little beasts! Drinking a smoothie made with mustard greens was like drinking a cup full of raspberries, grass, and cayenne pepper all mixed together.
So...that was awful. But nevertheless, and call it masochistic, but I am intrigued. I always thought greens were somewhat interchangeable. I didn't expect a humble leaf to have such, what. Personality? Attitude?
And they're such a rich, emerald green I just know they must be really great for you.
So here's my question. Fruity healthy smoothies were obviously the wrong venue for these puppies. So where do they go? Have you used them before, in cooking or eating raw? What are your favorites? I'd love to know.
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