Simple Braised Greens with Garlic

Here is a tribute to the simple cooking of summer: when the liviní is easy, cooking should be easy, too! This deliciously nourishing recipe, filled with heart-healthy, immune-boosting greens, is proof that you can eat inexpensively and well while pleasing your taste buds with seasonal goodness.

Find a Farmerís Market and cook up a mess of fresh greens with gusto and ease!


  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bunches fresh summer greens, about 8 cups, washed and coarsely chopped. This could include a mixture of Asian greens, or mustard, collards, turnip greens, beet greens, kale – any toothy substantial green will do.
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 cup water or vegetable broth
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional flavorings: Sesame oil, ume plum vinegar, tamari
  • Optional toppings: sesame seeds, chopped almonds or walnuts, toasted pumpkin seeds

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add greens and garlic, stirring to coat with oil. Stir occasionally until greens are barely wilted, just a few minutes.

2. Add vegetable broth or water and stir, allowing greens to steam until barely tender. Salt to taste.

3. Add flavorings and toppings as desired and serve.

Serves 4.


Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

William C
William Cabout a year ago


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Kristal Marks
K. Marks2 years ago

This is my favorite way to eat them. Thx

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B2 years ago

James, could you copy and paste the recipe you like, then send it to yourself in an email which you could print out. There may be better ways to do it but that's one I can manage.

James Fisher

lovely ideas --very tasty no doubt can't wait to try them. I'll have to print these recipes out for further reference (The only problem is that printing 1 recipe takes loads of sheets as the comments end up getting printed too!

Kay M.
Kay M6 years ago

love garlic!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen6 years ago

Thank you :)

Sylvia Wulf
Sylvia Wulf6 years ago

Oh yum! I can vouch for the sesame oil and vinegar - just a tiny splash of each turn a humdrum bowl of greens into a gourmet delight! In addition to the options suggested I often add raisins, or craisins, and pine nuts when I can afford them - heaven! ;-)