Greens Recipes

| April 5, 2016 | Reply

Greens Recipes to go with my latest Late Bloomer, “7 Day Greens Challenge.” I hope you watch this episode where I eat my fresh-picked greens for a week. All the recipes are very simple.

Bok Choy or Sweet Potato Leaf Stir-Fry

Stir-frying cooks food quickly, so more nutrients stay in food. Sweet potato leaves are packed with vitamin A, as well as protein, riboflavin and phosphorus, and they are actually sweet, especially compared to turnip greens! Bok choy is also crunchy, juicy, sweet and nutritious.


1-2 tbl. rice bran oil

1 tbl. ginger, sliced

1 medium green garlic, sliced

handful of asparagus spears, sliced

1-2 Thai chilis

big bunch of sweet potato leaves, stems removed

2 tbl. rice cooking wine

1 tbl. toasted sesame oil

sesame seeds

soy sauce

1 tbl. miso

Heat oil in wok or cast iron skillet. Add garlic, ginger, asparagus, chili, leaves or bok choy, stirring a half a minute or so between each addition. Add wine, soy sauce, cook another minute, until leaves are wilted. Drizzle sesame oil over. Remove from heat and stir in miso dissolved in 2 tbl. of water. Miso should not boil. Shake on sesame seeds. Serve alone or over rice.

Fresh Green Juice

See My Green Juice recipe and add a bunch of fresh, washed, beet tops.

Honey Citrus Yogurt Dressing

Shared by Martha Zook, originally from Rosy Alexander

3 tbsp. plain yogurt

1 tsp. honey

Small pinch of salt

1/4 tsp. citrus zest

Juice from 1/2 of a citrus fruit

I used raw plain goat yogurt, raw honey, orange zest and orange juice. Whisk and serve.

Kaye’s Cornbread

I stopped measuring my batter for cornbread (and drop biscuits) years ago, so I fished out my old recipe. I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d been using it for 30 years! I usually skip the salt.

Greens Recipes - cornbread recipe

Kaye’s Cornbread Recipe

I used stone ground red corn meal and original wheat (Einkhorn), and halved the recipe above for this small skillet.

Greens Recipes - Kaye's cornbread

Kaye’s Red Cornmeal Cornbread

Egg Florentine with Chard

Alan Hooker’s “Vegetarian Gourmet Cookery” from The Ranch House Restaurant in Ojai, CA, has graced my kitchen for 30 years as well. The recipe call for 4 bunches of spinach and 2 teaspoons of herb salt cooked in very little water for five minutes, then drained. Make a depression in a baking dish for each serving. (see episode here) You’ll need an egg for each depression. The sauce is 4 tbl. flour per 4 tbl. butter and 2 cups milk and 1/2 tsp. salt (I skipped the salt). Grate cheddar or other cheese over and I added the nutmeg. (Though I forgot it when I was filming and dusted it on afterward. Nutmeg makes any kind of cream and egg dish better!) This is the same cookbook holding the ratatouille recipe I’ve made all these years as well, My Easy Ratatouille.


Have you ever wondered what the goldfinches are chattering about in the animation at the end of the episodes? This is the brilliant work of my sound editor, Christina Horgan. Please let me know if you can tell what they are saying. (I always include an animation over the credits created by my motion graphics artist, Mika Tanisaki.)

“7 Day Greens Challenge” is the first episode to be edited by new Late Bloomer editor Trevor Horgan. I’m thrilled to have Trevor on the Late Bloomer Production Team! Please welcome Trevor. He did a fantastic job on this longer and complicated episode! The original music by Jon Pileggi really pulls this long episode together!

Megan Adeff (formerly Oldfield) has been my editor for four years. She and Christina and Mika and I first met in a restaurant in February of 2012 and laid out our plan for Late Bloomer and have been together since. Megan got married last year and her editing career took off (so have Christina’s and Mika’s!) and she no longer has the time to work on Late Bloomer, but I am forever grateful of our four years working together creating a show we could be proud of. And Megan caught the bug for gardening during that time, too! If you would like to see Late Bloomer continue, please consider a donation. Read on.

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