Friday, January 8, 2010


Based on a recipe from one of the first cookbooks I ever owned, "The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American" (from back in the '80s) here is an easy, tasty way to eat your greens. It's also a great excuse to visit your local farmer's market. There are a bunch in LA; two of my favorites are Gigi's Market at The Americana (in Glendale) and the Montrose Harvest Market.

  • 2-4 TBS cooking oil of your choice (make sure you choose an oil that tolerates high heat)

  • 2-3 fresh chopped tomatoes (or canned, if out of season)

  • several cloves of crushed garlic (to taste - I won't even tell you how many I use)

  • combination of greens (cleaned, de-stemmed and chopped), e.g. mustard greens, spinach, kale


  • Saute garlic in oil in large covered pot until slightly browned.

  • Reduce heat and add greens and tomatoes.

  • Cover pot and simmer (briefly) until greens are wilted.

  • Season with sea salt.

  • Optional: add one clove of crushed RAW garlic.

  • Optional: red pepper flakes or tabasco if you like things hot.

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