How to Make Braised Sesame Greens

You can use kale or Swiss chard in this vegetarian dish. Both have a strong odor similar to that of cooked broccoli or cabbage. In this recipe, stir-steaming the greens gives them a milder flavor and softens them considerably, because most people find raw kale or Swiss chard too tough to eat.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1 bunch kale or Swiss chard (about 1 pound)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  1. Rinse the kale or chard leaves well, removing and discarding the thick stems. Set aside the rinsed leaves.

  2. In a skillet over low heat, cook the olive oil and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. Add the water and heat until steaming.

  3. Add the greens and sesame seeds. Cover and cook over medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes or until tender.

You can substitute collard greens for the kale or Swiss chard in this recipe. Another option is to toast the sesame seeds before adding them to the recipe. To do so, preheat the oven to 350 degrees before Step 1. Spread the sesame seeds in a shallow pan and toast them in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until just browned.

Per serving: Calories 72 (From Fat 27); Fat 3g (Saturated 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 44mg; Carbohydrate 11g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 4g.

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