Your daily greens…

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It occurred to me today as I was making quick fried cabbage (the prep shown here; ginger, garlic, tomato, cabbage) that we are a green-a-day family. Dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard, spinach, collards, cabbage (napa, savoy, red), escarole, bok choy, calaloo etc are some of the most nutrient-dense foods available on the planet and we eat them every day. Just when they began nightly rotation on our dinner table I can’t remember but its been years. Just like any habit that is created (good and bad), this is one of the great ones. Watching when the plates go down on the table, I’ll often see the greens be the first thing the guys dig into. The biggest thing is buying, prepping and cooking with care.  Yes, I do cook with meat quite a bit but I am  also a huge vegetable cooker and lover . And, it appears I’ve raised some boys who are too. As I’ve always said–vegetable eaters are made not born. When it comes to cooked dark leafy greens, truer words can not be said.

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  • connie hoin November 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm


  • JLA November 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Never really thought about it but we also fall into the category of a ‘green-a-day’family!

    When i was growing up, my dad was the salad guy and i actually remember wishing and wondering why we couldn’t just have iceberg lettuce?!
    Instead it was little bits of it seemed like everything…. broccoli, cauliflower, spinach…..beets…..greeen beans and even peas made an appearance and dried herbs always added to the mix….dill, oregano, basil etc. Of course, being a ’57 baby, we had wishbone salad dressing, not homemade- he would vigorously shake the bottles and make his “own” by combining them.

    Of course, with my own family when it comes to making salads, i find myself doing just what my dad used to do, our salads likely contain any errant veggie hanging around… daughter’s favorite was when i throw in a cut up apple.
    Greens are a necessity when it comes to plate composition, that’s for sure!!

    Love Love Love your show LSQ!! i really enjoy your relaxed attitude, it’s contagious and when it comes to cooking, that is what i need most!! 🙂

  • Lucinda Scala Quinn November 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks JLA:
    Love passing the green thing on.
    Appreciate your support.
    And, yes–relaxation is what you need for the kitchen!

  • Pat hall March 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    You are my favorite cooking show. Love the way you and your son work together.
    Your recipes are easy ro fallow, and as good looking and hopefully tasting as yours.
    Keep up the good work

  • Leslie March 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Just made your steak pizzaiola tonight along with sauteed kale (the store was out of the swiss chard you recommended). My youngest (6 yr old very picky boy) loved… the kale! Probably will hate it tomorrow, but I reveled in tonight. Just got your book and found this blog — I am so inspired. You have a wonderful voice. It is so easy to get discouraged cooking for picky eaters — a good shot of inspiration can really make a difference. THANK YOU!

  • Juventud February 9, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I chkeecd out the PDF file, it is fantastic! To be honest I have never seen the Mad Men show but I have always been intrigued by it. Perhaps I will have to rent the first season. What is the storyline all about?

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