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Blogger Tips: Sneak Dark Leafy Greens Into Your Cooking!

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Now more than ever, it’s easy to go green! Leafy greens, to be precise.

Dark leafy greens pack tons of benefits. They’re full of flavonoids that help protect the body from oxidative stress and they are an excellent source of iron and Vitamin A. Examples of dark leafy greens include kale, swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, and watercress. Sometimes the strong earthy taste can be a bit hard to take down for some people. While many people embrace the flavor, we want to share how our bloggers create recipes that incorporate dark leafy greens for the pickier eaters.

Of course, all of these recipes can also be found on our Food Monster App! So without further ado, let’s get right into it.

1. Eat It Raw With Delicious Dressing, But Massage It
Vegan Herb and Garlic Massaged Kale Salad

To key to mastering a raw salad, especially kale, is a deep massage. Meredith Youngson massages this Herb and Garlic Kale Salad with mixed seeds, lemon, olive oil, and fresh garlic. When you massage dark leafy greens, you break it down a little bit, making it easier to not only digest, but chew! You can even let it sit for a few minutes in the dressing to let it rest and break down further. You can do this with all sorts of greens, but kale and swiss chard are popular choices.

2. Sneak Your Greens Into The Best Weekend Meal: Brunch!
Vegan Swiss Chard Quiche With Wild Mushrooms

When it comes to being healthy on the weekend, it’s not the top priority on your list… but it can be now! Reinvent brunch and make it a good start to the day (or afternoon) by adding some healthy good greens. Not only will you get some greens in, but this Swiss Chard Quiche With Wild Mushrooms is an amazing comforting dish that reinvents quiche! Instead of eggs, The Natural Epicurean uses tofu to create the “eggy effect.” Packed with wild mushrooms and savory herbs, this quiche is sure to hit the spot. You’ll never even know there’s Swiss chard in there!

3. Dark Leafy Greens Pairs Beautifully With Pasta
Vegan Comforting Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole

Florian Nouh shows you how to sneak kale into something that pairs perfectly with greens: pasta! This Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole is filling, delicious, and so easy to make! It has an especially savory, umami twist thanks to the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. An absolutely lovely highlight is the crust, which is made of gluten-free bread crumbs mixed with olive oil and garlic. It’s crunchy, hearty, and perfect! Throw in that kale and you got yourself a winning meal. Kale is an excellent green to cook with, it can handle high temperatures while still maintaining a lot of its nutritional value.

4. Pan Sear Your Greens For The Perfect Topping
Vegan Kale Pesto Pizza With ‘Goat’ Cheese

The Parsley Vegan make ordinary pesto a bit more interesting by sneaking in some kale and then slathering on top of pizza crust. Yes, this Kale Pesto Pizza is something even the kids will enjoy. Top it all off with some homemade vegan goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and pickled peppers for a beyond delicious pizza. You can even grill swiss chard and lay it over this pizza for another meal option! It’s a great way for the whole family to get their greens in.

5. Desserts… Yes, You Read That Correctly
Vegan Kale Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookie Spread

When you have extra kale lying around and you just don’t know what to do with them, these Kale Brownies With Chocolate Chip Cookie Spread are for you. Jessica Bose shows you how it’s done! Warm out of the oven, rich, and chocolatey, you’d think nothing could be better than this, but just wait. There’s a cookie spread too. Oh yeah. No one will believe you when you say these brownies have some greens in them. They become quite hard to detect amongst the chocolate chips.

Be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens for more info on how to add them to your daily cuisine. How awesome is that! With the Food Monster App, you can take these recipes on the go with you. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead Image Source:  Herb and Garlic Massaged Kale Salad

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