Can Broccoli Leaf Greens be the new Kale?

A few years ago were you on the Kale band wagon??  I was and still am!  Kale starting popping up EVERYWHERE.  In salads, sides, soups.  They even figured out how to make it into chips.  I love Kale,  I could eat it daily (this coming from a girl who grew up eating collard greens!).

The other day, I was in Costco for my weekly run (they are one of the largest suppliers of Organic products-who knew?) and was getting some of the usual items when I passed by a bag of Organic Broccoli Leaf Greens.  Wait, WHAT??  Never heard of it.  Looking at them, they appear as if they are collard greens.  The leaves are a little coarse and have a large rib in them.  What the heck.  Why not?  I’ll give it a try.

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They don’t need a long cook time.  I prep most of my greens with onions, olive oil, garlic powder and red pepper flakes, so I did the same with these.  Surprisingly they’re really tasty.  A little more bitter than kale, more like a collard green.  But would definitely incorporate into my greens mix!

This morning, a healthful breakfast for my husband and I.  Baked Eggs with Broccoli Leaf Greens and Sweet Potatoes.  This breakfast feels like you’re being naughty.  It has a touch of sweetness due to the sweet potatoes, and is luscious due to the runny egg yolk, but at the same time filled with nutrition.  Another added benefit is that greens are filling and keep you full longer.

Ingredients:

  • 4+ cups of Broccoli Leaf Greens
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, split
  • 4-5 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

Combine sweet potatoes with 1/2 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper.  Place onto baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes (or until desired softness) on 375 degrees.

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While sweet potatoes are cooking, warm remaining olive oil in a large oven proof saute pan.  When oil is warm, add sliced onions.  Cook for 5-7 minutes until onions are soft, then add in broccoli greens.  Combine with onions adding in about 2 tbsp of water.  Cover and let steam from 7-10 minutes (or until desired softness).  Once steamed, add in S&P, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.  Set aside until sweet potatoes are done.

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Once sweet potatoes are done, mix in with greens.  Now you’ll add in the eggs.  Make small ‘wells’ or ‘divots’ in the greens and sweet potato mix for the eggs to nestle in to.  Crack each egg into a well.  Put into 350 degree oven and bake for 12-15 minutes (12 minutes for runny egg yolk, 15 for medium yolk).

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Serve up and enjoy!

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