Winter vegetable side dish

To serve 2-3 people as a side dish you will need:

1 handful of winter greens per person e.g. cabbage, spinach, kale, mustard and turnip greens
1 small leek
A couple of slices of bacon, cut up into 1cm size pieces (optional)
1-2 tsp Olive oil, seasoning
1 tsp Vinegar – from your favourite pickles, or balsamic, or white wine, or cider (optional)

1.  Heat a large pan and add the oil and bacon and the leek (thinly sliced) – fry gently until the bacon is cooked through and the leek is fragrant and just starting to caramelize

2.  Take a generous handful of any types of winter greens per person – you can use a mix of whatever is in the fridge or stick to just one, kale works really well – and add to the pan with a pinch of salt.  You can add other veg like broccoli or brussel sprouts to the mix – just cut it small enough so it will cook in 3-5 minutes

3.  Cover, and leave the greens to wilt, stirring occasionally (this will take a few minutes)

4.  When all the water from the greens has evaporated simply pour over some vinegar (if using), give it a quick toss and serve
If you’re vegetarian and/or don’t want to use bacon you can use butternut squash as a colourful substitute and sprinkle some toasted pine nuts or chopped hazelnuts over the dish when you’re ready to serve.

To find out how you can snack more healthily follow this link  

  • Ann White
  • 04 Nov 2011

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