Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Two-fer!

We all know that it's important to get more veggies into our diets. The foods that we should eat are meats, veggies, fruits, nuts & seeds; but our diet should be mainly comprised of meats and veggies. So hopefully little by little with some help from some good recipes, we will all be eating more veggies.
Here is a good recipe that you can use for your broccoli instead of the regular steaming or broiling.

Let's call it "Blisteringly Good Broccoli"

> 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
> 2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
> 1 onion, diced
> 4 or 5 button mushrooms, brushed clean and thinly sliced
> 1 or 2 tomatoes, diced
> 2 heads broccoli, cut into small flowerets, with stems peeled and thinly
sliced (the stems are great, they add a lot of crunch)

> Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
> Add broccoli and cook until bright green but not completely tender, about 3 minutes. > Plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process and preserve the bright color.
> Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
> Add garlic, onion, and cook, stirring, 2-3 minutes
> Add tomatoes and stir well
> Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes
> Remove cover and stir in broccoli
> Simmer, uncovered, 2-3 minutes

This next one goes out to everyone who loves CRUNCH! Well...not really, we want everyone to try it because your going to be eating one of the healthiest leafy green veggies.
Kale Chips

]- 1 bunch kale, washed and dried
]- 2 tsp olive oil
]- garlic powder or onion powder work well sprinkled on these

]- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
]- Remove leaves from thick stems, and tear into evenly bite-sized pieces
]- Spread out over a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper)
]- Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings of choice
]- Bake for about 10-15 minutes... until edges start to brown, but do not burn! You'll want to keep a close eye on the kale chips as they start getting close

Healthy...chips...try them on your kids too. I have heard rumors that even those picky little future fire breathers they like them too.


  1. I am all over both of these! YUMMO!

  2. Mat, that picture of you looks like you might be a little greener than usual. Might want to have Ronda check that out.

  3. I agree with Kevin, Mat you cleary have overdosed on green leafy veggies.