How to Store Leafy Greens

It’s getting to that time of year! Spring greens are sprouting and there are actually fresh vegetables at the farmer’s market! There are tons of leafy greens around, but the problem is storing them so they don’t wilt on the second day.

There is nothing worse than bringing home a beautiful bunch of kale only to find it wilted after only a couple of days. I’ve used the following method with a fair amount of success – greens can last up to two weeks in the crisper if they are stored correctly.

HOW TO STORE LEAFY GREENS:

Wash the greens (keep the leaves as whole as possible – precut greens will not last as long)

  • Pat the greens dry or dry them in a salad spinner
  • Stack the greens on a towel (you can use paper towels for convenience)
  • Wrap the greens in the towel
  • Place the wrapped greens in a ziploc bag (or other airtight container)
  • The greens should stay fresh for 1-2 weeks

Day 34

Breakfast: Banana baked oatmeal with peanut butter

Lunch: My healthy bowl lunch for the week: chickpeas, quinoa, tahini dressing, assorted vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, peppers) (prep time: It took 20 minutes to cook the quinoa and make the dressing and cut the veggies – this is the time it took me to prep lunches for the entire week)

Continue reading

All the Nutrition, Just One Bowl

Lately I’ve been making single-bowl meals a lot. For example, last week I combined quinoa with a simple oil and vinegar dressing and some garlic and onions and topped it with green beans, crushed almonds, and a hard-boiled egg. It was delicious and easy and included lots of textures.

There is also something great about having a whole meal in one bowl. Healthy bowls are also great because they have lots of variety and it’s easy to switch out a protein or a vegetable to give yourself a few more options. Here are some recipes that are pretty good – most of them are completely Daniel Plan compliant. A few of these need some basic substitutions to make them healthier – such as using brown rice rather than white or omitting sugar from the dressing.

Continue reading