Tonight’s Whole Foods Cooking Demo was top notch!
The theme: GREENS
What a fun way to learn how to cook with different types of greens – right?
I knew we were in for a treat when this was my first sight upon arrival 😉
Pass the greens pleaseeeeee!
Don’t mind if I do 😀
The juice station.
Here we will juice just about anything we can get our hands on, including apples, carrots, carrot greens, beets, beet greens and kale… anddddd I’m sure I forgot a few.
Chef Jesse gettin’ crazy up in here?!?!
Mmmmm refreshing – and a shot kick of vitamins at that 😛
Next stop, Italy:
Spicy Italian Style Broccoli Raab over Polenta
Olive oil, garlic, broccoli raab, white wine, crushed red pepper, salt & pepper.
Served over a scoop of delicious polenta.
This was my first experience with broccoli raab and I loved it. It’s definitely a bitter green but the creamy polenta balanced it perfectly!
Teriyaki Bok Choy and Shitake Mushroom Stir-Fry
Garlic, green onion, sesame oil, bok choy, shitake mushrooms, teriyaki sauce and rice.
So excited to find a great new way to prepare one of my favorite farmer’s market goodies!
Favorite stop of the evening:
Roasted Beets with Sauteed Beet Greens
Olive oil, garlic, shallot (ahhh the key!), beets & beet greens, salt & pepper.
I think ya’ll know how much I love the roasted beet, so this was a given 🙂
And I’ve only ventured to cook with the greens once or twice, but after this preparation I will no longer be throwing away all that leafy goodness next time!
Most surprising stop:
Southern Style Collard Greens (Healthy Version)
Collards, garlic, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
Collard greens are considered a “hearty green” so they take a bit longer to cook. These simmered away for almost the entire class, close to an hour I think?
The result: a warm, tender, smoky tasting green!
The smoked paprika gave it that great smokey flavor without the use of meat (e.g. classic ham hock). I really didn’t expect to like this one all that much for some reason, but I did! Even Fanatic Mom was surprised!
Dessert stop: because we ate our vegetables, right? 😉
Pounded sticky rice with an ice cream filling.
Has anyone else ever tried this?!?!? This was my first time and it was so fun! A fluffy, sticky outside with cold, creamy ice cream in the middle – I had the vanilla and was instantly a fan 😀
Overall, I was so excited about this class. Greens are definitely a part of my diet that I need to “beef up” (no pun intended 😉 ) and it was great to learn some great ways to do so!
Can’t wait for next month already… thanks Jesse!