My leafy green recipe explorations continue and mustard greens are making me all kinds of happy (and hungry). I literally stood in my kitchen and ate my portion off the roasting pan … didn’t even bother to plate it. Seriously, THAT good.
I honestly feel like a Greens Goddess with all the fantastic dishes I’ve been consuming of late. From my regular kale and spinach buddies, to chard and leaks, mustard greens are another welcomed dietary option! And they are a wonderful addition to your diet, housing a vast array of nutritional benefits, including (but not limited to):
- Packed with antioxidants
- Help lower cholesterol
- Packed with phytonutrients
- Rich in fiber
- High in Vitamin K – bone building bonus
- Immune boosting vitamins
- Skin & eye protection vitamins
When I picked up these greens today at the market, I had the intention of using them in my immune boosting vegetable soup … which I did, and you will see later on the blog (so delicious). I had some leftover ingredients from my soup recipe, so I decided to throw some things together for a light dinner. What a pleasant surprise of flavors!
Here’s what I used:
2 large mustard green leaves (washed well and patted dry)
2 hearty handfuls of cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
1 lemon (sliced)
1/2 crate of white mushrooms
4 garlic cloves (whole)
Rosemary (4 stems)
Tarragon (about 6-8 small stems)
Sage (1 large stem)
Salt & Pepper
Arrange your leaves, tomatoes, mushrooms, lemons, and herbs on a large baking sheet (see below) and dress with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Oven lovin’ roastin’ should be at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. The tomatoes should have a good bit of wrinkle on them, and your greens and mushrooms should be a medium shade of brown. You can taste along the way to get the perfect consistency and ensure you don’t burn.
Ta-dah! Ideally, had I plated, you would tear the mustard green leaves off the stem, remove the herbs and lemon slices, and mix all together. The leaves are crisp and the tomatoes are juicy. The garlic cloves are soft and pack the perfect punch of flavor. This dish is wonderful on it’s own, but would also pair well with a toasted bread of choice. Cheese couldn’t hurt either – never does. A goat cheese or mozzarella would take this to a whole other level.
Cheers to a healthy and happy life of culinary explorations that provide tremendous nutritional benefits!
For more information, check out Mustard Green Health Benefits.