My 10 Favorite Green Foods
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and in honor of healthy cuisine, I decided to make a list of favorite green foods. How many of these are in your list?
“Eat your greens!” We’ve all heard that sage advice from our parents over the years. But which green foods are your favorite?
Here’s a list of mine!
There was a time, not that long ago when I wouldn’t even try guacamole. The color, along with the texture, just didn’t appeal to me. But I was goaded into trying it by a co-worker. It turns out I really enjoyed it on some tortilla chips at what became a favorite Mexican restaurant.
I prefer my guac, however, without tomato chunks and with only a tiny hint of cilantro.
It’s the foundation for any decent salad, right? Iceberg lettuce doesn’t have a great reputation for being nutritionally rich, but on the other hand, it’s not necessarily nutritionally bankrupt, either.
I like seedless grapes, though I don’t tend to have them that often; they’re not good for dogs because they contain some toxin that scientists haven’t yet been able to isolate. So since my dog thinks it’s his job to sample any snack I’m having, I try to avoid grapes at home.
Given a choice on a salad bar between iceberg lettuce and spinach leaves, I’ll usually choose spinach leaves. I also like creamed spinach, which I know is less healthy, but better-tasting.
When I make my annual pomegranate salad, I use spinach leaves as the base green.
5. Green Peas
I use these as a common side item at home. My mom often cooked Le Sueur Sweet Peas with dinner so I grew up liking them.
6. Bell Peppers
Yes, bell peppers do come in a variety of colors including green, yellow, orange and red. They all taste the same, so mixing colors can lead to a more appealing plate of food.
But bell peppers are always a must-have at the salad bar.
7. Green Beans
Also known as string beans, I like these when I’m in the right mood. This was one vegetable that was served more often than I cared for when I was a kid, so it’s one that I definitely don’t miss all that much.
8. Brussel Sprouts
I’ve recently found a way to really enjoy brussel sprouts: flash-frying them. A restaurant I visit offers flash-fried brussel sprouts as a side item and they’re very good.
I guess it goes to prove that old Southern adage: “Frying makes everything taste better!”
9. Fried Green Tomatoes
It was only within the past few years that I had the desire to try these. I have a mild sensitivity to raw tomatoes, so I try to avoid them unless they’re cooked into a sauce. For some reason, I decided to give fried green tomatoes a try when I saw them as an appetizer on a restaurant’s menu. I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were, and they were cooked enough that whatever acid in raw tomatoes causes me a problem had disappeared.
10. Green Apples
My primary choice for apples has always been the Red Delicious variety, although the Gala apple has also recently come to my attention.
But green apples, as long as they aren’t too tart, are also very satisfying.