Yep. those leafy, dark green vegetables, like kale, spinach, chard, and more. They're good for you in general, and they're good for your vision, too.
To celebrate the month, my friends at Virtual Potluck teamed up with Cut 'n Clean Greens, who sent us a large amount of greens to work with, including kale, chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens ... lots and lots of greens.
I chose to work with the rainbow kale for this recipe. I thought it was really pretty.
I've got another really interesting recipe in process, but it needs a few more weeks to finish doing ... what it's doing. If it all works out, there will be another kale recipe for you later this month. Because I know you love kale.
Spicy Lemony Sauteed Kale
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced or passed through a crusher.
1 pound Cut 'n Clean Rainbow Kale
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
1/2 cup water (or as needed)
Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the garlic and cook on low until it becomes fragrant - you don't want it to brown.
Add the kale. (The Cut 'n Clean Rainbow Kale is ... well, cut and clean, so it's the right size and ready to cook)
Stir and turn it as you add it until it starts to wilt down. Add the lemon juice, pepper flakes, salt, black pepper, and water. Give it another stir to combine.
Cover the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until it's done to your liking - figure about 20 minutes, but taste as you go, to get the texture you prefer. As you taste, add more salt, pepper, or lemon, if you like.
More about Healthy Vision Month
Healthy Vision Month is a project of the National Eye Institute (NEI) which is part of The National Institutes of Health (NIH).
During Healthy Vision Month, the National Eye Institute encourages Americans to make their eye health a priority and suggests these steps to maintain eye health:
- Get a dilated eye exam.
- Live a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight, managing chronic conditions, and not smoking.
- Know your family history.
- Use protective eye wear.
- Wear sunglasses.
Thanks to Cut 'n Clean Greens for sponsoring this post. Check out all the goodies they sent!
Their greens are gluten-free, non-GMO, and they don’t use preservatives on any of their products, they’re not electronically radiated, and all of the packaging is BPA-free and 100 percent recyclable. The bags are made of special, breathable material designed to allow gases to escape. Since all produce emits gas, letting the gas out of the bags keeps greens fresh longer. There is nothing added to the greens before bagging -- just washed, sliced greens and that's all.
If you ever find yourself with an excess of greens like these, you can freeze the unopened bags of Cut ‘N Clean Greens by putting them straight into the freezer, bag and all. If frozen, you’ll want to use them in smoothies, soups, casseroles or cooked recipes; they won’t be crisp when they thaw so they won’t be as appropriate for salads, for example.
The Cut 'n Clean greens are grown on a family farm in Oxnard, Calif. and at a partner farm in Georgia (Herndon Country Farms). San Miguel Produce also grows greens year round in Ventura County, Calif.
The National Eye Institute is on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Healthy Vision Month posts will be on social media during the month of May using the hashtags #healthyeyes and #HVM2015. This post was sponsored by Cut 'n Clean Greens.
MORE Great Recipes!
Check out the other bloggers who are posting great greens recipes! Diabetic Foodie has a preview of the event to whet your appetite! And here's the whole crew (besides me, because you're here already) who will have recipes this week: