There is an abundance of fresh greens available during the growing season. Have you ever tried beet greens? They have a mild, appealing taste, and I like to mix it up to get in as many nutrients as I can.
Beet greens add variety to your diet, and are quite tasty, not to mention they have more minerals, vitamins and antioxidants than the root. The greens are best when they are young and tender. I found a bunch of golden beets recently at the local farm market, and the greens were glorious! Check out the second photo below! It was such a great find to be able to eat the whole vegetable, tops and all!
Here is an easy way to cook them up quickly and deliciously!
Quick Sauteed Beet Greens with Pecans
6 Cups Fresh Beet Greens, washed and coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil (or 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil and 1 Tsp. Fresh minced garlic)
2 Tablespoons of Coarsely Chopped Raw Pecans
1 Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
Salt (your favorite to taste)
Black Pepper (to taste)
In a large sautee pan on the stove top. Pour in the oil and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic if using and red pepper flakes, cook briefly, about 30 seconds. Add the beet greens and toss until wilted and tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the pecans.
This is an easy and delicious side!