5 Ways to Use Salad Greens Without Making a Salad!

5 ways to use salad greens without making a salad!

Samina Qureshi is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Wholesome Start. Her nutrition practice is based in Houston, Texas and she provides virtual nutrition counseling sessions to clients across the country. Schedule your FREE 15-minute nutrition session today!

Food waste is one of my biggest pet peeve’s. Whenever I go to the grocery store I make sure I purchase foods that I know I will be making sometime soon so that they don’t go to waste. I usually purchase a large bag or box of mixed greens (kale, spinach, arugula, etc.) to boost my meals with nutrition but sometimes I end up dining out more than usual or I forget about that beautiful bag of salad greens. It’s hard to not get sad when I see produce in my fridge go bad. If you purchase a big bag or box of mixed greens with good intentions to eat it up before it goes bad but just aren’t craving salad as the weather gets cooler this post is just for you! I’m going to share 5 ways to use up that bag or box of salad greens without having to make a salad!

  1. Crustless Quiche: A delicious way to start your day! Add mixed greens to your breakfast with this frittata recipe.

  2. Pasta & Casseroles: Boost your favorite pasta dish or casserole with a few handfuls of greens. Chop mixed greens and add it to spaghetti or broccoli & mac n cheese casserole at the very end while it’s simmering. The greens will cook quickly and soak up the flavor of your favorite pasta dish.

  3. Power Up Smoothie: Smoothies are a great way to get a variety of nutrients into your diet. Level up your smoothie with a handful or two of mixed greens.

  4. Nourishing Soup: Add your favorite greens to your hearty winter soup.

  5. One Pot Meals: Chili, breakfast skillet, lentils stew, or any one pot meal can be elevated with a handful or two of chopped mixed greens. Remember to add the mixed greens in at the very end because they cook almost instantly!

Let me know how you like to use up your bag of salad greens in the comments below!

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