I don't very often cook greens, save for spinach when I put it in my eggs. Made some kale chips the other day. Mostly I eat what I like raw.
Just wondering what your guys/gals take is on cooking (thinking steaming or a quick dip in boiling water) the leafy greens (lettuces) instead of eating them raw in a salad.
I know if you cook them too long they'll lose a significant portion of their vitamins/minerals, but I'm talking just enough to make them limp.
Is there any benefit to this or is it better to take them raw?
The nutrients inside will be significantly more bioavailable if you lightly cook them. It's a net gain.
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What about the 'strong' greens like collards and mustards? I really, really like collards, but CW has their simmering time on the far side of a half hour. Raw or blanched, they're a bit of an, um, acquired taste.
I do, however, have a dog that begs for collards.
I'm not gonna cook you a lettuce!
For sturdy greens (collards, kale, mustard greens, chard, etc.) I put them in a pot with a bit of boiling water, cover, and give them 5 minutes - just until the green turns bright. Then it's either eat as is or proceed with my recipe. I'm getting great deals on greens these days, so right now my BAS is usually a hot meal of lightly steamed greens tossed with some diced veg, meat, and butter for dressing.
Spinach I usually eat raw or just slightly wilted (try tossing your spinach with hot bacon fat and a splash of red wine vinegar)
Lettuces and tender greens I don't cook, but that's a texture thing for me.
Basically I follow the "color rule" - when the color looks brightest and best they're ready to eat (same way I cook broccoli). Drab, washed out color means I've overcooked them.
haha i cook collards and mustards te southern way....all day in the pot...and i love them. i could not NOT IMAGINE the GI trouble i would encounter if i ate undercooked collards....oh my lol
spnach and lettuce i us as beds for hot greasy meat so its usually kinda wilted when i eat it
kale i usually make those chip things