It’s so easy being green! And it’s so easy to enjoy lots of healthy and delicious leafy greens in our meals. Leafy greens are super-healthy, packed with A, B, C, E and K, minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium, and a bunch of flavonoids and phytochemicals. Greens benefit our health in so many ways including strengthening our immune system, cancer prevention, lowering cholesterol, and improved blood circulation. Find out about the 5 Health Ailments That Can be Treated by Eating More Greens.
So there’s no question we should eat more greens but to do that, they need to taste good. If you Hate Raw Leafy Greens? Here’s How to Learn to Love Them! Take a look at these 10 Creative (and Delicious) Ways to Flavor Raw Leafy Greens and helpful Tips for Cooking Greens So They Taste Delicious. If you’re still not convinced or you think it will be a challenge to get the rest of the family to eat piles of greens, here are 6 Ways to Sneak Greens into Your Meals.
If you eat the same types of greens all the time, it’s time to try something new. We all know kale is yummy, but there are so many kinds of leafy greens. Get to know some new ones from Your Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens that explains 21 different types of leafy greens. Then try them using different recipes like these 10 Flavorful Ways to Cook With Spinach, 5 Flavorful Ways to Cook Collard Greens and 20 Ways to Enjoy Kale. If you need recipes, check out these 35 Delicious Ways to Eat More Greens. Not only are there many kinds of greens but there are so many things you can do with them. Here are 20 delicious and creative ways to add more leafy greens to your diet.
1. Green Juice Detox Recipe
Juice your greens! Green juices are filled with green leafy vegetables rich in chlorophyll. You can choose any leafy greens you like along with some fruit, lemon and ginger to create an elixir like in this Green Juice Detox Recipe that is delicious and good for you.
2. Buttery Spinach Salad With Crumbled Tempeh and Crispy Shallots
Make a salad! Who says salads have to have cold, limp greens in boring dressing? Not us! This Buttery Spinach Salad combines texture from baby spinach and pumpkin seeds with warm crumbled tempeh and crispy shallots, along with a buttery tahini-dill dressing and peppers for color.
3. Vegan Creamy Ginger-Coconut Kale Zucchini Spaghetti
Make green pasta sauce! If eating healthier is one of your goals, then you’ll love this Creamy Ginger-Coconut Kale Zucchini Spaghetti. Not only are the noodles made from veggies but the pasta sauce is made from kale and superfoods such as ginger, coconut, kale, and garlic.
4. Clean and Healthy Veggie Rice Paper Rolls
Fill rice paper rolls with greens! Rice Paper Rolls are incredibly versatile as you can create them with just about anything you want. Fill with plenty of fresh leafy greens, herbs, raw veggies or/and a protein of your choice!
5. Lemony Kale Chips
Make green chips! Kale chips are the best alternative to potato chips and other unhealthy snacks but beware, these Lemony Kale Chips are highly addictive!! Once you start eating them, you won’t be able to stop, but that’s okay because it’s just kale.
6. Vegan Tempeh and Turnip Green Soup
Put greens in soup! There is plenty of protein in this Tempeh and Turnip Green Soup as well as just the right amount of creaminess from the nip of non-dairy creamer. The turnip greens are balanced with vinegar, fennel and smoked paprika for a rich and delicious soup.
7. Mozzarella Stuffed Cannellini Burgers With Spinach Pesto
Make greener pesto! These vegan Mozzarella Stuffed Cannellini Burgers are filled with Italian flavors and seasonings such as garlic, oregano and lots of fresh parsley. While you might expect basil, these burgers are topped with a rich pesto made from fresh spinach.
8. Broccoli Rabe Potato Pizza With Carrot-Miso Sauce and Hazelnuts
Put greens on pizza! Load up your pizza with leafy greens like this Broccoli Rabe Potato Pizza. The broccoli rabe is tender and delicious. Instead of tomato sauce, try this carrot sauce made with miso, garlic, and lemon. Who said pizza can’t be healthy?
9. Green Monster Margarita Smoothie
Mix up a green smoothie! Maybe you wouldn’t put leafy greens into a margarita but you would put them in this Green Monster Margarita Smoothie. It really does taste like a margarita – a mouthwatering watermelon margarita, green monster smoothie style with spinach.
10. Lentil Taco Lettuce Wraps
Make a green wrap! The texture of butter lettuce makes it perfect for wraps. These Lentil Taco Lettuce Wraps are filled with spicy lentils and a crunchy, cheesy cashew topping. Garnish with all your favorites like avocado and lime.
11. Vegan Holishkes (Stuffed Cabbage)
Stuff greens! Hearty green leaves can hold up to being stuffed and cooked like these Vegan Holishkes or Stuffed Cabbage. These are filled with spiced vegan beefy crumbles and cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce.
12. Frittata With Swiss Chard and Red Pepper
Fill a frittata with leafy greens! This Frittata with Swiss Chard and Red Pepper is the perfect consistency between a quiche without crust and an omelet. Instead of egg, it is made with extra firm tofu and filled with deliciously fresh ingredients bursting with flavor and benefits for the body.
13. Creamy Vegan Dandelion Greens Dressing
Make green salad dressing! Of course, you can make a salad with leafy greens but how about putting them in the dressing as well? This Creamy Dandelion Greens Dressing is made with nuts, seeds, and lemon for a healthy way to dress a healthy salad.
14. Kohlrabi Spaghetti alla Foriana
Make green noodles! Instead of regular pasta, try using kohlrabi to make this Kohlrabi Spaghetti alla Foriana. The intense flavor from the walnuts, pine nuts and garlic is so delicious, you’ll make this again and again.
15. Spinach Artichoke Dip
Make a green dip! This Spinach Artichoke Dip has thick chunks of artichoke and spinach that fill the not-too-cheesy sauce. Use it to top tortilla or pita chips! It’s the perfect dip for sharing…if it lasts that long!
16. Chickpea Omelets With Mushrooms, Greens, and Vegan Swiss
Have greens for breakfast! This Chickpea Omelet is light and fluffy. Fill it with your favorite greens like kale, collards, or spinach, mushrooms and vegan mozzarella or Swiss. You won’t hit the snooze alarm if you know this is waiting for you.
17. Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry
Add greens to a stir-fry! This Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry is delicious. It has marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice. You’ll love it.
18. Hoppin’ John Sliders With Smoky Lemon Aioli Sauce and Sautéed Greens
Top your burger with greens. These Hoppin’ John Sliders are made with black-eyed peas and vegan sausage. Then they are topped with sauteed greens and a smoky lemon aioli sauce.
19. Blackened Bok Choy
Make your greens blackened! Bok choy is a delicate green and it uses the beauty of the whole food in its entirety. This Blackened Bok Choy dish is simple and delicious. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
20. Carrot Tacos
Use the greens on veggies! These Carrot Tacos (two versions: non-fried and fried) are great and are made up with the stems of the carrots. Yes, we can eat all of the carrot – root to stem.
There are even more ways to add leafy greens into your diet like putting them into desserts. How do you add leafy greens into your recipes? Tell us in the comments.
Lead image source: Broccoli Rabe Potato Pizza With Carrot Miso Sauce and Hazelnuts