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Recipe Weekend: Brian’s No-Fail Greens Sauce for Kids & their Parents
Part 2 in our 'Eat Your Greens' Series
I’ll admit it. We’re traveling for a conference with only a little kitchenette and our magic bullet at our disposal, and I wasn’t at all sure that Brian was going to be able to pull off his amazing greens recipe tonight for Recipe Weekend. For one thing, his instructions to me, his faithful scribe, were peppered with un-instructive instructions such as, “Add miso.” “How much?” “You know, a chunk of miso.” “What kind?” “Not sure. What kind do you normally buy at the store?” Brian’s a totally intuitive chef, and a frugal one in the sense that he reaches for the dregs of our refrigerator and somehow whips out something incredible -- not always a translate-able feat. Secondly, we’re traveling, and frankly, when we’re on the road, I’m impressed if we’ve been able to pull off a healthy homemade dinner at all (it means a rental car, a grocery store, and above all, a plan) -- if we have managed to overcome all these obstacles, only healthy and edible is mandatory; taste is a total bonus. SO, when Brian prepared his Greens Sauce for #2 in our greens series under my watchful eye and careful measurements tonight (p.s. a ‘chunk’ o’ miso translates into 3 Tablespoons), I was impressed, but I let Aidan be the final arbiter of whether this really was Recipe Weekend worthy. See the pics? If it looks like he’s inhaling his kale rather than pushing it around his plate, you’re absolutely right. I hardly could capture his ravenous appetite for it on film, he ate it so fast. Looks like a genuine winner.
We use this recipe on raw kale, but it can easily be used on cooked kale or other greens as well, such as spinach or chard. Tonight, Brian turned it into a salad dressing for a kale salad chock full of other goodies. Let your own family’s favorite salad ingredients be your guide.
Brian’s ‘Your Kids Will Like It, Honestly’ Greens Sauce/Dressing:
- 1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 C. brown rice vinegar
- 1/4 C. maple syrup
- 1/4 C. tahini
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- 3 Tblsp miso (ie a ‘chunk’ of yellow miso -- or tonight, brown rice miso)
- Juice of 1 medium lemon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Mix it all together either in a wide-mouth mason jar with an immersion blender, a magic bullet, or a regular blender/food processor. Throw it on your greens. Watch your kid devour them. Repeat.
Check out our posts on 5 other sure-fire ways to get your kids to enjoy their greens, 5 reasons why they should, and, if all this doesn’t work, Maddie’s ‘I-don’t-eat-veggies-unless-they’re-peas’ husband’s favorite recipe for leafy greens (‘cuz we know kids aren’t always our trickiest customers...:))
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