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June Local Recipe: Collard Greens!

What you may not know about Collard Greens!

by Lara Moritz 
of My Chef Lara

I have to be honest with you. Collard greens are not my favorite but in the spirit of what is good and healthy and seasonal I am here to let you know what is great about Collard Greens!

The cholesterol-lowering ability of collard greens may be the greatest of all commonly eaten cruciferous vegetables. In a recent study, steamed collard greens outshined steamed kale, mustard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage in terms of its ability to bind bile acids in the digestive tract.  This means that collard greens has a fabulous ability to lower cholesterol and good for the digestion.  What is better than that? ;)

When eating anything I am not absolutely overjoyed about a combination of bacon and sesame oil is always a good way to help the medicine go down.  This vegetable was made famous by the South but no reason not to mix it up a bit and throw in some Asian influence.  

Eat! Cook! And be happy!!!....and eat your greens!

Your Chef, Lara

 

 

Collard Greens

Fresh collard greens cooked with onion, garlic, chile pepper flakes, bacon fat, and dark sesame oil.

We use bacon fat here primarily for flavor. Bacon fat provides an excellent balance to the natural bitter of the collard greens. That said, you can easily skip the bacon fat and just use a little more olive oil.

• Prep time: 5 minutes

• Cook time: 20 minutes

• Yield: Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 lbs collard greens, tough stems discarded, leaves chopped

• 2 Tbsp medium onion, chopped

• 1 large garlic clove, minced

• 2 teaspoons bacon fat

• 1 Tbsp olive oil

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Food & Water Watch Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign in RI

Every year, 2 million people contract antibiotic resistant infections.  Right now, 80% of antibiotics in the US are used on factory farms, primarily to make animals grow faster and to compensate for filthy conditions. This is not how our antibiotics should be used. Low doses of drugs only kill some of the bacteria, leaving behind the stronger bugs, and when humans get sick, these antibiotics may no longer work to make us better. Unless we rein in the rampant use of antibiotics on factory farms, the medicines we rely on won’t work when we really need them.

Food and Water Watch is launching a nationwide effort right here in Providence, to pass local resolutions showing Congress and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse that the people want action to ban the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. They need your help! RSVP here to join the campaign, or learn more on Facebook or at www.foodandwaterwatch.org.

Check out the infographic below for more information:

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Host a Homemade Yogurt and Granola Workshop

Looking to make delicious treats and new friends for the new year? Learn to make homemade yogurt and granola with Urban Greens!


New for 2014 we are curating a food skill-share series in members' homes. Invite a group of your pals to your house learn a new food skill in a workshop with an Urban Greens representative. Make something healthy and delicious and get an Urban Greens update. Contact Delia to book a workshop! 

 

Got a Food skill to share? Please contact us.

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Early Spring 2014 New Member Drawings

New members, and Current members eligible for prizes from local businesses!

Local businesses are showing their support for Urban Greens Food Co-op by donating gift certificates for a prize drawing. We are having a huge serge of membership. We currently have over 550 shares sold.

Reaching 600 members will allow Urban Greens Food Co-op keep that momentum growing.  

We are very grateful for the generosity of the local business community. There are three ways to be entered into the raffle:

  1. Become a member. New members who sign-up and make their first installment payment or pay for their entire share between January 2014 till the end of our 600 Member Drive will be entered into the Drawing. Join Online.
  2. Make a payment on an existing membership. Any current member owners with an existing balance who makes a payment of 40 dollars for a full share or 10 dollars for a low-income share between January 2014 till the end of our 600 Member Drive will be entered into the Drawing. 
  3. Refer a Friend. Any Member who refers a friend to become a member between January 2014 till the end of our 600 Member Drive will be entered into the Drawing.

Join now, and you'll stay entered in our future raffles until you win!

Here are some highlights of donated raffle items.

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