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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Sweet Potato and Greens Burger - Greens 24/7


Jessica Nadel's blog, cupcakesandkale and Facebook page  will be well known to vegetarian and vegan cooks and now Jessica has had a book published,  Greens 24/7: Delicious Recipes for Green Veg at Every Meal.

Greens 24/7 has more than 100 quick and easy recipes for turning leafy greens into delicious vegan meals, snacks, smoothers and cakes as well as nutritional information, and helpful ingredient factfiles.


About the Author
Jessica Nadel is a freelance writer and blogger at Cupcakes and Kale, she is also the owner and baker at Oh My Bakeshop, a natural organic bakery.

Introducing Greens - Jessica admits, that like most kids she didn't really like greens, however she changed her mind once she was shopping and cooking for herself and found creative ways to cook and serve them. Jessica is on a mission to get us cooking and eating some of the more unusual greens as well as those we are familiar with.

Green Fact Files - Here you learn all about the different greens, which vitamins and minerals they contain and a mini index of recipes in the book containing each different type of green vegetable. The most popular greens get a little 'recipe card' style entry and then there are a couple of pages information about  'other greens'. This is followed by a sort of glossary of other ingredients used in the book with which you may not be familiar.

Typical Day Green Menu Plan - Jessica has helpfully put together some menus using the recipes in the book, each day has a recipe for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and dessert.

And so to the recipes...

Smoothies and Breakfasts presents a wide range of smoothies including Chocolate Superfood Smoothie, Lemon Ginger and Parsley Smoothie and Hello Sunshine Smoothie. I really liked the sound of Cinnamon and Courgette Waffles, Kale and Herb Cornbread Muffins and Breakfast Sandwich with Avocado and Rocket.

Green Sides and Small Bites contains some really fun, simple to make recipes including Cucumber Pesto Canapes, Pesto Polenta Fries with Aioli, Dandelion Colcannon, Spicy Garlic Bok Choy and Kale and Walnut Pesto (which seems to feature in quite a few other recipes).

Green Soups and Salads is full of creative ideas for this tradtional home of green things.  Soups such as Mexican Tortilla Soup, Raw Summer Soup and Curried Dahl with Chard.  In the Salad bowl you will find Beetroot Greens, Pear and Maple Walnut Salad, Kale Waldorf Salad with Avocado Astoria Dressing and  Rocket Watercress and Stone Fruit Salad with Jalapeno Dressing

Green Main Meals is absolutely packed full of great ideas for green dinners, the following recipes particularly caught my attention. Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowl, Orichette with Chard, Sundried Tomatoes and Toasted Almonds, Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Hummus and Sweet Potato and Greens Burger which I chose to make for this review.

Green Cakes and Desserts, who knew there were so many ways to green up the sweet stuff?  You can feast on Chocolate Dipped Kale Crisps, Chocolate Hazelnut and Avocado Tart, Avocado and Kiwi Iced Birthday Cake, Lemon and Parsley Olive Oil Cake and Vanilla Mint 'Cheesecake'. There are a couple of beverages to wash down all this green goodness Sage and Lavender Tea and Dandelion Mimosas.

Who is it for? Vegetarians, vegans and anyone who wants to eat less meat and more green vegetables.

Pros
The recipes are interesting and varied, they are also well laid out with the ingredients on the left and instructions on the right.  I liked that each recipe included nutritional information, very nicely done. The photographs are good although not every recipe is accompanied by a photo, I was more attracted to read the recipes that did have a photo.

Cons - this is one of those very annoying books which won't sit open flat.  I  used my cook book stand to hold it open when I was cooking, but I can see that the spine wouldn't last long as you are forcing it to lie flat.  Many of the greens are easily available but I felt this book would be more useful in late spring and summer when most green things (other than cabbage and kale) are in season.

The Verdict
The jury is out on this book, I'm not Vegan or Vegetarian although I do enjoy meat free recipes and I really like greens, I think what is holding me back here is the availability of different types of greens so I'm going to hang on to the book and have another go when the weather is warmer and there is more variety of green things for me to use in the recipes.



Sweet Potato and Greens Burger
Serves 4 (Prep 40 minutes, Cook 100 minutes)

1 large sweet potato
170g (5 3/4 oz) cooked pinto beans, drained and rinsed if canned
50g (1 1/2 oz) greens (beetroot greens, radish greens, turnip greens, chard etc) chopped
2 green onions, diced
50g (1 3/4 oz) rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp umeboshi vinegar
2 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp tamari
juice of a lemon
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
4 burger buns to serve
sprouts of fresh rocket, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F).  Skewer the potato with afork several times and place in a suitable dish.  Bake for an hour or until fork-tender.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before peeling and mashing the potato in a large bowl.
2. Add the pinto beans to the bowl and mash them in too, then add the greens, onions, oats Worcestershire sauce, umeboshi viengar and seasoning and mix to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Reheat the oven to 200C (400F). Form the mixture inot four burgers, place on a baking sheet and cook for 0 minutes, then flip over and bake for another 15 minutes.  If desired you can then pan fry them for 2-3 mintues on each side.
4. Whisk together the tahini, tamari, lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt until smotth. Thin out with a little water to the desired consistency, if necessary. Serve the burgers on the buns, topped with the lmon tahini suace and sprouts or rocket.

Farmersgirl Kitchen Tips
  • Microwave the sweet potatoes to save on fuel
  • I couldn't get the greens mentioned in January, so used kale but wilted it with a little water before chopping. 
How were the Sweet Potato and Greens Burgers?
The texture of the burgers is quite soft, I baked them in the oven the day before serving, cooled and refrigerated over night.  Before serving I  reheated the burgers by frying in a little vegetable oil which gave a nice crispy outside.  The flavour is very good and the greens had melted into the beany burgers without trace!  We really enjoyed them and I would definitely make this recipe again. 

Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel
Published by Apple Press, 8th January 2015
RRP £14.99

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42 Comments:

At 14 January 2015 at 12:49 , Blogger belleau kitchen said...

this looks like a really decent and thick veggie burger. So many people get it wrong but yours just looks so wonderful and nourishing and moreish. YES PLEASE!

 
At 14 January 2015 at 17:11 , Blogger GG said...

With all that mix of veg I bet this burger is delicious. I wonder why publishers don't think about the need for a cook book to be able to lie flat. GG

 
At 14 January 2015 at 20:14 , Blogger laura banks said...

we usually have them with a dressing

 
At 14 January 2015 at 20:37 , Blogger Jo m Welsh said...

Most of the time it is just as they are either boiled or steamed

 
At 14 January 2015 at 21:13 , Blogger Choclette Blogger said...

That veggie burger looks like something I'd be very happy to sink my teeth into Janice. And yes please to greens. I never quite feel right if a day passes without having eaten something green (fast days aside). Avocados in cakes I'm now accustomed too, but parsley is a new one for me - intriguing.

 
At 15 January 2015 at 13:18 , Blogger Tracey Peach said...

I like to serve the greens with different herbs to give them a different taste depending o what I'm serving them with

 
At 15 January 2015 at 19:39 , Blogger Tara Barnett said...

steamed i so need this book in my life

 
At 15 January 2015 at 23:48 , Blogger Lindsay Seels said...

Steamed & topped off with herb butter

 
At 16 January 2015 at 00:11 , Blogger Caroline said...

I'm a vegetarian greens lover so every day they get a new treatment: plainly steamed, roasted with a spritz of olive oil and herbs, in a stir fry, on a homemade pizza, as crudites - the list is endless.

 
At 16 January 2015 at 01:27 , Blogger Rebecca Phillips said...

steamed

 
At 16 January 2015 at 08:06 , Blogger heathersbarefootbooks said...

al dente

 
At 16 January 2015 at 09:08 , Blogger Claire Blaney said...

i prefer them to be steamed

 
At 16 January 2015 at 09:52 , Blogger Sarah Pybus said...

Usually just stir fry them with butter and garlic

 
At 16 January 2015 at 13:27 , Blogger dorsetsgem said...

i love courgettes raw, asparagus grilled. depends on what it is, but i do like my veg :D

 
At 16 January 2015 at 17:48 , Blogger kasza said...

Steamed but still crunchy

 
At 16 January 2015 at 20:58 , Blogger Stacey Meyer said...

I like my greens steamed :) xx

 
At 16 January 2015 at 21:28 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steamed, and then butter and generous seasoning

 
At 17 January 2015 at 09:26 , Blogger kj19 said...

I like them boiled, than griddled, a dash of olive oil, lemon juice and loads of salt and black pepper

 
At 17 January 2015 at 10:46 , Blogger maxineflossy said...

Steamed then fried in a tiny bit of butter, with a sprinkling of paprika and chilli flakes

 
At 17 January 2015 at 14:20 , Blogger Kristy Brown said...

I love my greens in all kinds of ways - but the best is steamed and still crunchy with a little garlic butter

 
At 17 January 2015 at 19:22 , Blogger P Bennett said...

One of my favourites is steamed Purple Sprouting Broccoli, asparagus and pea cous cous ☺

 
At 18 January 2015 at 17:23 , Blogger Jackie ONeill said...

steamed

 
At 18 January 2015 at 21:38 , Blogger maxine partridge said...

Really depends what we are having them with. sometimes roast them sometimes boil them. use them in a stir fry. have them raw. put the in a smoothie. We eat lots of veg in our house

 
At 20 January 2015 at 03:19 , Blogger princesssmithee said...

steamed :] xxxx

 
At 21 January 2015 at 08:40 , Blogger Kathleen Bywaters said...

steamed with a little dash of butter

 
At 24 January 2015 at 21:26 , Blogger Sarah said...

Steamed and with chicken and gravy

 
At 24 January 2015 at 22:58 , Blogger Gillian Hutchison said...

Love combining them in recepies such as curries, pakora, sauces etc

 
At 26 January 2015 at 03:24 , Anonymous Solange said...

Steamed

 
At 26 January 2015 at 21:31 , Blogger Katie Witherington said...

steamed with gravy

 
At 27 January 2015 at 10:53 , Blogger weir shane said...

steamed - leanne w

 
At 27 January 2015 at 17:07 , Blogger cathyj said...

in a stir fry

 
At 27 January 2015 at 18:19 , Blogger Barbara Handley said...

Microwaved and served with meat, potatoes etc until now.I have bought a juicer this week and tomorrow I am planning to buy fresh green vegetables to juice.

 
At 27 January 2015 at 19:56 , Blogger Jaime Hyland said...

Steamed!

 
At 27 January 2015 at 19:59 , Blogger Ser said...

Steamed.

 
At 27 January 2015 at 21:16 , Blogger WeeWillieWilkie said...

Blanched :)

 
At 27 January 2015 at 21:29 , Blogger Patricia Avery said...

I prefer to eat them raw as I'm preparing them to cook for a meal :)

 
At 27 January 2015 at 21:45 , Blogger Roz said...

either in a smoothie or as close to their natural state as possible

 
At 27 January 2015 at 21:57 , Blogger joanna_kow said...

boiled with butter

 
At 28 January 2015 at 00:30 , Blogger denise s said...

steamed

 
At 28 January 2015 at 14:37 , Blogger Susan said...

It depends what it is but normally steamed

 
At 28 January 2015 at 16:04 , Blogger Alison Barker said...

Steamed

 
At 28 January 2015 at 23:26 , Blogger Natalie Crossan said...

Steamed

 

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