|The Humble Dandelion|
Today's frugal recipe is easy, cheap, and extremely
healthy. Dandelions are a nuisance to most people,
but did you know they are edible and very healthy
to eat? I will be doing some follow-up posts in the
next couple of weeks on foraging for edible foods,
so stay tuned... but today I will be focusing on
There are many ways to cook and eat dandelion greens
(just search Swagbucks and you will get a bunch of recipes).
Below is my favorite way to prepare them.
You will need:
1 cup of dandelion leaves
(pick younger leaves for a less bitter taste)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese
1.) Wash the dandelion leaves.
2.) Steam the leaves until they get 'wilty'.
3.) Toss the steamed leaves in the oil and vinegar.
4.) Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
This recipe makes two side-dish sized servings,
or one larger serving. I like to serve these with fish.
WHY EAT A WEED?
Dandelions are one of the most healthy foods you
can eat. Dandelion is rich in Vitamin A, C, iron,
Luteolin, and calcium. It is a great food for promoting
healthy kidney function and strong bones. And, it is
available for free!
SOME "DANDY" TIPS
• Pick your dandelion leaves when they are young,
even before the flower opens. The younger the plant,
the less bitter it will taste.
• Pick plants that have not been treated with chemicals
and are not regularly visited by dogs.
• Foraging for plants, like dandelions, is fun and rewarding.
Just make sure you are not trespassing on private property.
Credit to: The Single Saver