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Lamb’s Quarters… My New Green BFF!

Lamb's quartersMany people see Lamb’s Quarters as nothing more than a common weed, never realizing that a tasty and nutritious green vegetable could be enjoyed, free for the picking.  The European relative of spinach and beets, it grows throughout the North America and bears large quantities of edible, spinach-flavored leaves you can collect from mid-spring to late fall. It’s one of the best sources of beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, and iron in the world.  It happens to also be a great source of trace minerals, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and fiber.  Better yet, it’s absolutely delish!

I have come across LQ’s more than a few times and decided it was time…  I have used it so many times with such great success that I don’t want to keep it to myself!!  I love serving LQ’s with a sizzling grass fed steak, gilled chicken or wild salmon. It doesn’t matter what you serve it with.  It is sure to impress your palate!

Here is the recipe:

  • Steam 1-2 bunches of Lamb’s Quarters for 3-4 minutes, by placing them in a large saute pan and adding a little salt and pepper and maybe a couple of tablespoons water.
  • Turn off your heat and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1 small chopped clove of garlic and, or shallots.  I like to make sure a little oil falls to the bottom of the pan where I stick my garlic just so I make sure it gets cooked down a bit and gets rid of the raw flavor.
  • Other optional accoutrements are: coconut aminos, fresh lemon

That’s it!  Can  you believe it?

For you more complicated cooks out there, here is another format for this beauty queen.

Lamb’s Quarters Spread

2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cups lamb’s-quarters leaves

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup toasted pinenuts
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata  or Moroccan Olives

2 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

salt and pepper to taste

  • Chop garlic or puree in food processor
  • Add lamb’s quarters leaves and pulsate while adding oil
  • Add remaining ingredients and pulsate until somewhat chunky consistency

Serve this spread with anything from crudite, atop your favorite protein source to an omelette filling!

Let me know what you do with Lamb’s Quarters!

 

 

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

Cat Dillon is the Cat in Caterpillar Nutrition and Wellness.

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