Category Archives: Wild About Greens

Kale Salad with Dried Fruits and Nuts + Nutty Chocolate-Banana and Spinach Smoothie

One recipe I made last week that I’ll definitely make again from Wild About Greens is the Kale Salad with Dried Fruits and Nuts. Yum, yum, yum.

This was one of my first “massaged” kale salads, and it was delicious.  The combo of the kale, dried cranberries (you can use other kinds of dried fruit), nuts (I used walnuts and pecans), lemon juice, agave nectar + salt and pepper was heaven. Definitely a keeper.

The other recipe I tried and liked last week was the Nutty Chocolate-Banana and Spinach Smoothie. It’s probably not the healthiest green smoothie with the chocolate almond milk and peanut butter in it, but it sure was good. It seems like a delicious way to sneak some greens into a reluctant greens-eater’s dessert.

That’s a wrap on our July VegCookBook, Wild About Greens. On to our August VegCookBook, Let Them Eat Vegan!

What were some of your favorite recipes from Wild About Greens?

Kale and Red Quinoa Salad + Southwestern Style Greens with Pinto Beans

Hello VegCooks!

This week I had time to cook more than just smoothies from this month’s VegCookbook, Wild About Greens.  Yay! Yesterday, I made the Kale and Red Quinoa Salad. Isn’t it pretty? I ate it for lunch today with sliced avocado on top.  Yum yum yum.

Earlier in the week, I made the Southwestern-Style Greens with Pinto Beans. I’m not a big spicy food gal, so I omitted the green chiles, which was a mistake.  It was good, but mild without the chiles. If I make it again, I’ll include at least one chile.

Finally, I’m still *loving* all of the book’s smoothie recipes. The Greens, Cucumber and Pineapple Smoothie had collard greens in it! I felt very nutritionally virtuous drinking it (:

Like I mentioned last week, even thought I don’t have a Vitamix, I was able to grind up everything just fine with my blender.  I just started with chop, moved to mix, and then liquefy. I never thought I’d like cucumbers in my smoothies, but I do. They’re super refreshing.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of Wild About Greens. Also, the links to Wild About Greens, the blender, and Vitamix are attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Quinoa with Chard and Chickpeas + Spinach and Mango Smoothie

Sorry I missed Meatless Monday this week. I was out of town for the weekend, and am a bit behind on everything. I made two things from this month’s VegCookbook, Wild About Greens, since my last post.

The Quinoa with Chard and Chickpeas was warm, comforting and protein packed, but a little salty. You cook one cup of quinoa in two cups of water with two veggie bouillon cubes in it.  If I make it again, I’ll use one cube.  I used lacinto, or “dinosaur” kale instead of chard because it was on sale, and it’s my favorite leafy green (:

I’ve been loving all of the smoothie recipes in this cookbook.  The one pictured above is the Spinach and Mango Smoothie.  Even though the recipe suggested using a high speed mixer, like a Vitamix, I was able to use my regular blender.  I just started out with chop and then moved on to mix, liquefy and puree.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of Wild About Greens. Also, the links to Wild About Greens and Vitamix are attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Spinach Pina Colada Smoothie + Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas and Olives

This week, I made another smoothie from our July VegCookbook, Wild About Greens, the Spinach Pina Colada Smoothie.  I liked the Green Velvet Smoothie I made last week, but I LOVED this smoothie.  I’ve already made it twice.

If you don’t have the cookbook, here’s the Spinach Pina Colada Smoothie recipe on VegKitchen.

I also made the Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas and Olives, which was tasty and filling.

If you don’t have the cookbook, here’s the Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas and Olives recipe on VegKitchen.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: The link to Wild About Greens is attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Green Velvet Smoothie

My copy of Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas hasn’t arrived yet, so I made the Green Velvet Smoothie recipe that is available on VegKitchen.

I made mine with a blender, rather than a Vitamix, so it may have come out chunkier than intended, but it was still tasty.  I think it would have been even better if I’d used the suggested vanilla almond milk, rather than vanilla soy milk, and if the soy milk had been chilled.  I didn’t have agave nectar, or hemp seeds, so I used the honey and Trader Joe’s hemp protein powder we had on hand.

What did you VegCook last week?

Full disclosure: The links to Wild About Greens and Vitamix are attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

July VegCookbook: Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas

Nava Atlas is one of my favorite cookbook authors.  My copy of Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons is worn out, and I made some delicious recipes for Thanksgiving last year from her Vegan Holiday Kitchen.

I’m super excited about cooking through her newest cookbook  with you this month: Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves.

You can learn more about Nava on her website vegkitchen.com and follow her on Twitter at @Veg_Kitchen and @navaatlas2

Just a quick reminder that you can share your experience VegCooking by:

  • Writing about the recipes you tried in the comments. (What did you like? What didn’t you like?  What changes did you make?)
  • Asking a question in the comments (e.g. What the heck is nutritional yeast?)
  • Sharing a link to a post from your own blog about the recipes you made this week.
  • Posting photos of what you made in the VegCookbook Flickr group.
  • Posting photos of what you made on Instagram with the hashtag #vegcookbookclub
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I’m looking forward to VegCooking with you!

Full disclosure: The links to all of the cookbooks mentioned above are connected to my Amazon Associates account. If you buy something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!