Going Green... Literally / by Alice Zhao

Green Vegetables

Sorry kids, we were a little too hungry and lazy to take pictures of all our meals last week.

We've been rediscovering our green vegetables lately, especially the less popular but cheap leafy greens. On our last trip to the grocery store we picked up mustard, turnip and collard greens ($0.48/lb). I think you really do start to appreciate bitter vegetables as you get older. And we also picked up some cucumbers at ($0.99 for 3), green peppers ($0.99 for 3).

Every day of last week we had one of these veggies as a side dish.
*Grilled T-Bone Steak, Baked Potato & Turnip Greens
*Summer Sausage, Onions and Green Pepper Kabobs
*Grilled Pesto Chicken Breast & Simmered Collard Greens
*Stir-fried tofu, Fried Egg, Sauteed Cucumbers & Mustard Green Soup (yeah this one was random, I know)
*Grilled Blackened Salmon, Corn Grits & Mustard Greens
All of this feasting on greens reminds me of that book I read as a kid, Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner, where a boy who studies photosynthesis for a school project ends up turning into a plant. I distinctly remember a scene where the boy sticks his foot in mud to absorb water. Anyone with me? Anyone? Am I alone on this one?? sigh.