Come on, you know it happens. It happens to all of us. You waltzed right into that grocery store, or farmer’s market, bought the lettuce that was on special, and had every intention of doing something with it! You really did!
But life happened. 🙂 You got busy, you forgot about it, and now there it sits, sadly staring back at you.
You sadly stare right back. “What am I going to do with that dumb kale?” You wonder. “I can’t throw it out! I spent good money on it. I don’t want to waste it. . .”
I have some solutions for you. They’re fast, they’re easy, there here for you to consider next time your leftover greens are on their way out.
Leftover Greens Option #1: Blend and Freeze
One of the easiest things you can do with your extraneous greens is to blend them and freeze them for future smoothies.
Add 1 cup of water, and blend.
Pour into ice cube trays (<—these are my favorite), and freeze.
Yes, they are scary-looking.
(But don’t worry, you won’t taste them.)
Voila! Now you have healthy frozen leftover greens to add to your smoothies. Store in a baggie in the freezer, and add one or two cubes to your smoothies as needed. Woohoo!
If you’re looking for more smoothie add-ins, you can check out this post.
Leftover Greens Option #2 – Get Downright Sneaky
Another thing you can do is dehydrate those monsters. This is my favorite. It’s so. . . sneaky.
This is Undercover Veggie Powder. Watch what happens.
Pull the leaves off of the head of lettuce or whatever green you’re trying to get rid of. Wash them thoroughly, and you could even spin them dry, if you have a berry/salad spinner.
Place the leaves in your dehydrator, and let them dry until they are done. This normally doesn’t take very long, maybe 2 hours or so. Be careful, they are fragile!
Gently transfer the dried greens to your blender and blend them as fine as you want them. I personally prefer to keep mine a little coarse.
Store in an airtight container, like this one.
Then, add a spoonful to soups, casseroles, smoothies. . . you name it! No one will ever know last month’s lettuce is in the chicken soup. They won’t even taste it. You are so sneaky!! And you didn’t let that silly lettuce go to waste!
You can even add a teaspoon or so to veggie dips and dressings, like my Creamy Dill Dressing.
What do you think – are there any crazy ways you keep from throwing your leftover greens out? Let me know for sure.
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