Color of the Day: GREEN (and roasted balsamic soaked salsa)

July 5, 2011

Green foods make the world go round.

World go round. World go round…


Ok, no songs, but seriously, GREEN is the magic color in the food kingdom. I believe this green is what makes for some damn good food.

It’s always a surprise fascination to me when someone says they don’t like vegetables. Really?! I always wonder what happened in the early stages of childhood eating that turned them against broccoli and spinach and squash and such.

Alright, I admit, I used to hate tomatoes. Loath tomatoes. I’m not even sure why. I can tell you though, that to this day, amidst my tomato-LOVING tastebuds, I still cannot do tomato juice. No V-8 juice, no freshly juiced tomatoes, and certainly NO Bloody Mary’s. I’ve tried and I cannot. So I will cut these veggie-“haters” some slack.

I think you just haven’t had the right veggie, cooked the right way. Maybe that’s where I come in.

Besides *ahem* hiding *ahem* some greens in smoothies, sauteing them to perfection or even tenderly roasting that squash to crisp perfection, some still might not be swayed.

But…

I’ll make a believer out of you.







If you’re still not convinced, here are some seriously tasty green recipes for you to try out.. or for fooling a veggie-hater not-so-mucher:

Rich & Creamy Tahini Kale Salad

My favorite Green Smoothie

The Perfect Pestacado for stuffing any green

Banana Zucchini Muffins or Zucchini Drop Cookies (both equally delicious and LOW added sweetener)

The Shaken Sweet Potato Smoothie, perhaps?

Carrot Cake Oats, anyone…?

How do you prefer your greens?

Do you have to hide your greens or eat them plentifully?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @ kissmybroccoli July 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Oh my gosh girl, this looks fantastic! And I just bought an eggplant the size of my head the other day! Looks like Heather’s gonna have herself a big ol’ bowl of this very very soon! 😀

I was a pretty picky eater when I was younger and I’m pretty sure the only “vegetable” I liked was in the form of french fries, but now there is hardly a vegetable out there that I won’t eat. I’m not a huge fan of radishes…mainly because I don’t think they have a taste and I don’t see the point in paying to eat water in vegetable form…but I WILL eat them!

I love greens any way I can get ’em! Fresh in a salad, blended into a smoothie, sauteed, steamed, whatever! I think I’d have to say my favorite way to have greens is kale sauteed in coconut oil! Mmm!

PS, love tomatoes…HATE tomato juice! Ick!

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Heather @ kissmybroccoli July 6, 2011 at 2:48 PM

<- Aww, why do I have to get the frowny face??

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Natalie @ cinnamonbums July 5, 2011 at 6:52 PM

LOVE this salad. i think the eggplant makes it shine!!! i wanna eeeeat it.

i love green too. cucumbers, salads, green monsters, you name it!

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Anne July 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM

that salad was SO. GOOD. I got a couple of eggplants at the Farmer’s Market the other day… guess their destiny!!! 🙂

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Larissa July 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Wow!! those looks delish!!! I love my greens just in a green salad – lattice, broccoli and cucumbers but niw I would like to try one of those!
Thanks as always!
Larissa

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Paije July 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I had a green smoothie for breakfast! I eat a TON of kale. Usually sauteed with a little vinegar or raw in salads! It feels so weird not eating anything green during the day!

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Sable July 5, 2011 at 6:57 AM

This looks so delish!!

I don’t trust people who don’t like vegetables. I mean come on. You HAVE to at least like one or two, there’s such a wide variety!!!

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Kelly Michelle July 5, 2011 at 6:30 AM

That looks amazing! I unintentionally let a beautiful perfect eggplant go bad in my fridge last week, man I was pissed.

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kat July 5, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Yum!! I actually love my greens, so I don’t need to hide them 🙂 I must say though that hiding zucchini in everything is quite easy and a great way to trick my hubby into eating it!! 😉

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Katie July 5, 2011 at 5:33 AM

I prefer my greens front and center. And I used to be that veggie hater. I hated EVERY veggie until I was about 25. I would only eat corn and potatoes, and that was it. Not even lettuce. I was like a different person. 🙂

Those muffins are kind of calling my name…

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Lesley Lifting Life July 5, 2011 at 5:13 AM

That salsa sounds heavenly to me!!

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Pure2raw twins July 5, 2011 at 2:53 AM

Looks great! Love our greens, especially in green smoothies and salads.

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lindsay July 5, 2011 at 1:12 AM

WOW,those all look amazing. Green is my favorite color….especially to EAT!

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