Without A Recipe: Sweet Potato Greens

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Popular in many Asian and African cuisines, sweet potato greens are the sleeper green of the season. With a refreshing balance of earthy flavors and a hint of sweetness, these greens offer a desirable alternative in the leafy greens department. Similar to spinach, kale, or beet greens, this superfood is packed with nutrients as well as vitamins (K, C, and A to be specific) and can be enjoyed when cooked down or served fresh.

Sautee sweet potato greens (including stems) with garlic, shallot, lemon or lime zest, turmeric, and a dash of curry powder. Add coconut milk and reduce. Spoon over a baked sweet potato and finish with a dollop of greek yogurt for a healthy yet hearty meal.

When making your favorite pasta primavera, carbonara, or marinara, add chopped sweet potato greens when tossing the noodles with the sauce to barely wilt for an easy way to pack in extra nutrients.

Sweet potato greens offer a great start to the day when quick-sauteed with garlic and parmesan and served with over-easy eggs and buttered toast.

Substitute sweet potato greens for spinach in your favorite green smoothie or pressed juice recipe to replace that leafy green bitterness with a milder, sweeter flavor.

 

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