If your life is like most, you’re probably pretty busy. And with so little time on your hands, your eating habits have probably gotten fairly routine. The same cereal for breakfast, the same sandwich with cold cuts for lunch, and the same chicken something for dinner. It’s not particularly exciting and it does the job of keeping you fed, but despite that, your easy routine is getting in the way. That’s because no matter which modern Western city you happen to live in or near, you definitely have access to some pretty amazing foods. Whether they hail from a far-off land or are produced just around the corner, there is now more reason than ever to start expanding your palette and adding some adventure to your daily diet. Here are a few foods you should get on your plate soon.
If you want to try something a bit different in your salad but aren’t feeling very adventurous, then look no further than your backyard. Dandelions are dismissed by most people as an irritating weed that needs to be eradicated from their beloved lawn. However, if you find them when they are growing fresh in springtime, that irritation could actually become a revelation. Dandelion greens are full of great vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which probably explains why they have historically been considered medicinal.
The leaves actually have a slightly bitter flavor, so they do best when mixed with other leaves or lightly cooked with seasonings. For a simple dish, just wash some greens then dry them and remove the stems. Heat some olive oil in a pan, add some crushed garlic, and cook for a minute or so. Throw in your greens and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
If you don’t have a yard to pick from, dandelion greens are becoming available at supermarkets like Whole Foods and farmers markets. Care should be taken if harvesting greens from public spaces, as it will be hard to know if the area has been treated with weed killer, which will definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth, if not worse.
One person’s trash is another person’s … delicious and healthy meal.