Beany greens

by KalaLea on July 9, 2011 • Posted in Recipes

Recipe by KalaLea K

photo_greenybeanyServes 4 growing grandparents-to-be

If asked what food we need a lot more of, I would say GREENS!!! We should be eating them every single day. Packed with mega-loads of Vitamin K, A, and Vitamin C, greens & non-starchy veggies such as mushrooms and green beans combine well with lemons, limes, and tomatoes. Collard greens are also super low in calories and contain NO cholesterol. The leaves and stems are high in minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc. In general, greens help the body with the digestion of proteins and starches of which we eat plenty.

You will need:
a large hand full of green beans
1 bunch of collard greens
Cremini mushrooms
1/2 yellow onion sliced long ways (or shallots)
a little fresh parsley
a little fresh mint
juice from one lime
3 TBSPs of wheat-free soy tamari sauce (located in most health food stores)
1/2 cup of water or veggie broth (if you have it)
paprika, ground black pepper, or cayenne to taste

a large mixing bowl 2) a medium saucepan 3) tongs


  • Slice onion (long-ways)
  • Slice cremini mushrooms
  • Pull 2 hand full’s of leaves and rinse really well (do the same for the mint)
  • Chop the ends off the green beans and rinse well under water
  • Chop the collard greens in long strips by rolling the leaves like you would a cigarette and chopping in ribbon strips
  • Soak the chopped leaves in a large bowl of water (add a little white vinegar or some salt) and rinse well


  • Add water or broth to medium saucepan or iron skillet then add onions — cook for 5 minutes
  • Add mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes (depending on how you like them)
  • Add wheat-free tamari or quality soy sauce
  • Add collard greens and green beans then cook for another 5-8 minutes
  • Turn off heat and let sit for a few minutes before adding fresh parsley, mint and lime juice then serve and…


A great dish for any time of day …  or Serve with garlic mash potatoes and BBQ lentils. Oh yes, I need to upload my BBQ lentils recipe…will do this soon. Happy Weekend!!

SHOPPING NOTE: Share your fresh herbs e.g. mint and parsley with your friends, family, and neighbors so as not to waste.

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  1. bill

    This look like a nutritious simple meal, gotta try it soon…but Please hurry with the bbq’d lentils!

  2. Dawn

    This looks fresh and delicious, will definitely try it as I love greens of all types :) Thanks for sharing and for all you contribute to good health!!!

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