Most nights it seems like I don’t have much time to cook dinner because we are busy and going every which way, but when my boys get hungry (or” hangry” is what we call it in my house) they want their dinner like yesterday. I usually have a protein picked out like chicken, fish or beef, but sometimes I have a difficult time figuring out a healthy, quick side to make. My go-to whenever I am in this predicament is quick, healthy greens sautéed.
USDA recommends eating 2-3 cups of dark leafy greens a week, so sneaking in some sautéed greens at dinner is a quick way to get a serving. You can use any greens, but my family favorite ones are collard greens, beet greens, spinach, and broccoli greens. We have tried the leaves from our brussel sprout plants, but my family thinks the other greens are tastier. Greens in general are low in calories and packed with so many good for you vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that they should be a staple in everyone’s diet.
How do I cook the greens that are quick and healthy?
Quick and Easy Healthy Greens Recipe
I try to keep my greens pretty simple and honestly they are super quick to cook! You could also add in any of the following veggies/flavors to make the greens your own:
Directions for Cooking Healthy Greens
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Lately I have been hearing a lot about Avocado Oil. What's the big deal? I had to do some research and see if everything I was hearing was true. Avocado oil has 8 grams of omega 9, high in vitamin E and this fruit (yes it is considered a fruit) has more potassium in it than a banana. Per the USDA, avocado oil has 124 calories per tablespoon, 0 carbohydrates and 14 grams of fat. Most of the fat is good for you monounsaturated fat and there are a ton of other nutritional benefits of it, I must give this oil a try.
With only a mild avocado flavor, there are many ways to use avocado oil. It is great for medium-high heat use, so we can saute or bake or use it like any other oil up to 400 degrees F. You can also use it for the following:
1. Drizzle on top of hummus or any other dips as well as soups
2. Sprinkle it on top of avocado toast
3. Use it where ever you use olive oil; saute, salad dressings, etc.
4. Drizzle on top of eggs
5. Use alone with pepper and Italian seasonings for a bread dip
6. Use it in marinades
When I cook, I usually don't have much time with having two little boys around asking me when breakfast, lunch or dinner will be ready so I like to keep things simple. On this particular morning I had a few extra minutes (like 2!) to make breakfast and I decided to use it to make scrambled eggs with peppers and spinach. It turned out yummy! Avocado oil is so easy to use and so simple to swipe out my olive oil for it. Avocado oil has given me more oil options to use with my cooking and I can't wait to try it on other things!
While researching avocado oil I came across this great video on YouTube about Avocado Oil and its benefits by Healthy Hints. Check it out for more information on this amazing oil!