Monday, July 23, 2012

Greens, Beans & Couscous

Tonight I was feeling the pressure to get my fridge cleared out as tomorrow is CSA day!

I had a ton of Greens courtesy of the previous week's CSA haul, that were quite limp due to the fridge pulling the water out of them.

In the morning, I chopped all the Greens into bite size pieces (Bok Choy, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Napa Cabbage & Kale -  I think this CSA is in cahoots with Esselstyn).  Yes, it was a lot, but I know from experience that after steaming all these Greens, they would shrink to next to nothing.  In a very large bowl, I soaked everything in cold water and allowed to sit until I came home from work.  By the time I got home, the bowl was overflowing with Greens that literally had sprung back to life.  This little trick will work with just about any veggie that has gone limp & it only takes about 20 minutes to do so.

When I came home, I rinsed & shook the water from the Greens, put them in a large stock pot, topped with sliced Onion, drizzled in a little Bragg Liquid Aminos, pinch of Sea Salt - put the lid on, set to medium-high and let that steam until the rest of my meal was done.

Meanwhile, I got some Israeli Couscous cooking.  If you're unfamiliar with this type of Couscous, I encourage you to try it.  It's much larger than traditional Couscous - about the size of a small pearl.  It's big, soft and just fun to eat!  I was lucky enough to find a whole wheat version in the ethnic aisle of Giant Eagle.

To the Couscous, I added chopped Carrot, a can of Chickpeas (rinsed & drained), some Cumin & Sea Salt and allowed that to all cook together.

Once the Couscous was finished, I mixed in the Greens & some fresh Lime Juice and had a nice little one bowl meal.

So next time you have veggies going south, don't be afraid to throw everything together, you might just surprise yourself as to what you create!

Keep It Healthy!
The Hoff

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