Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Seeing Green

Today's share will have you seeing green for sure. Spinach, Swiss Chard, chives, leeks, and kale or collard greens! You can try this springy version of chicken soup and use up some of those collard greens and kale.  Don't forget to look back at our previous posts for a delicious colllard green pasta sauce that will use the rest!

Chicken Soup with Greens

10 cups of your favorite chicken broth-I use Frontier Brand Vegan Chicken Broth
2 cups of water
2 cloves of garlic finely minced
8 cups of mixed greens, I used kale and collards, you can also use spinach and swiss chard too, remove tough stems
6 green onions finely chopped
3 cups of cooked chicken or  1 can of cannellini  beans drained, optional
3 tbs chopped chives
1/2 box of angel hair pasta, or use your favorite

Place broth and water in stockpot. In a heavy pan put 2 tbsp olive oil and saute garlic, greens, and onions.
Cook until greens are soft but still bright green. Put greens into soup and bring to a boil. If you want to use the chicken or beans you can add them now, then add angel hair and cook until pasta is done. Sprinkle in chives at the end.  I served this with lemon wedges and a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes. The chicken and beans can be used together or both be left out altogether. Just use the beans for a vegetarian option. You decide! This is perfect served with bread slathered with our chive and leek compound butter.

Chive and Leek Compound Butter

2 sticks of softened butter
3 small spring leeks-white part only
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup chives
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all in food processor and pulse until well blended. If you don't have a food processor you can finely chop all of the ingredients and mix with a hand mixer. This can be used in so many delicious ways. You can use it on warm bread. Or use to make garlic bread. You can toss it with warm pasta, rice, or top baked or roasted potatoes. You can use it brush on fish or chicken. Try rubbing this butter under the skin of a whole chicken or split chicken breasts, and then on top of the skin. Bake at 375 until thermometer reads160 degrees. Delicious!

**Mark Your Calendar for this Saturday, April 14th! Come see us and lots of other local business owners at the Business Expo at Indian Springs Middle School! We will be selling tomato plants for 1.00! Yes, that's right 1.00! And they say you can't get anything for a buck these days! We hope to see you there!

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