|Marie Oser's The Enlightened Kitchen|
by Marie Oser
This Week's Recipe
Green leafy vegetables are on the list of vitamin and mineral superstars. The dark green color of the leaves is due to the amount of chlorophyll present and recent research has shown chlorophyll to be a powerful anticarcinogen and detoxifier, important in maintaining a healthy digestive system. How easy is it to get green leafy vegetables into your menu? Southern cooking is considered to be the most interesting and complex regional cuisine in America. Green leafy vegetables, such as turnip and mustard greens, collards and kale are common in the south and are the cornerstone of true Southern cooking.
Healthy as they are for you, too often these hardy greens are paired with unhealthy high fat ingredients that are loaded with cholesterol. Southern Greens and "Sausage" is a delicious dish that makes it easy for the health conscious cook to create this timeless classic healthfully. Prepared in the New Orleans style, a dish like this would call for a spicy "sausage", such as Andouille, and the greens would be thoroughly rinsed and trimmed.
Widely available and easy to use vegetarian sausage, a blend of mustard, collard, and turnip greens with spinach and Mexican stewed tomatoes combine to add valuable fiber, and phytochemicals. These convenient, healthful ingredients are available in many supermarkets, health food stores, and retailers, such as Trader Joes. The greens are prewashed, trimmed and cut, and the tomatoes and vegetarian "sausage" are spiced just right. This tasty dish comes together quickly, and simmers for 30 minutes while the greens tenderize and flavors intensify. Serve hot with a hearty brown bread, cinnamon spiced applesauce, and fresh, ripe sliced avocados and tomatoes.
Southern Greens and "sausage"
Enlightened Southern Greens
Traditional Southern Greens
Ingredients of Note
"sausage"-Gimme Lean - Made by Light Life Foods, this wholesome
alternative is available in ground "sausage" and beef styles and
has the authentic flavor, texture, appearance, and aroma of the
traditional. Widely available in the cold case and freezer section
of health food stores, many supermarkets, and specialty stores.
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