Why Have You Done a Good Thing?
As part of the green leafy vegetable family, escarole is loaded with vitamins A, C and K. In just 1 cup of cooked greens, you can far exceed your daily K and A needs, and come close to your C needs. Vitamin A helps your vision and supports healthy growth. And when you get a little cut? Vitamin K comes to the rescue and allows your blood to clot (or stop coming out). And as an avid Your Secret Ingredient reader, I’m sure you know plenty about C’s function. Escarole is also filled with folate (an important nutrient for us females). And not to dote- but this green gift also supplies you with some calcium, iron, and fiber too- wohoo!
What to do with it?
- Chop it up and use it for salad greens (Go Nuts- 1 ½ cups has a mere 15 calories,0 fat, and 2 g fiber)
- Add it into a whole-wheat pasta dish (pre-steamed or boiled, add right before serving).
- Sautee it as a side dish with some EVOO, garlic, and crushed red pepper (Boil escarole in salted water first for 5-10 minutes, and then sautee.
- Make a soup with escarole, white beans, and veggies