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Easy and Fast Steamed Spring Mix

EASY and FAST Steamed Spring Mix

Spring mix is a delicious, healthful, and popular blend of baby greens. It can be found in many grocery stores and is often added to salads. But, did you know you can cook Spring mix? Below is a video demonstration, followed by the written recipe, of the absolute EASIEST and FASTEST way to steam Spring mix. No special equipment is required…just a pot big enough to hold your fresh greens, and a tight-fitting lid. This recipe can very easily be increased to include any amount of greens you want to cook. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

Enjoy!
Judi

EASIEST Steamed Spring Mix
Makes about 2 Servings

1 (5 oz) tub of Spring Mix (or Spring Mix blend)*
Garlic powder (or other seasonings of choice)
Salt and pepper
1 or 2 lemon wedges, or 2 teaspoons of vinegar of choice, optional

Wash the Spring Mix in a colander (even if it was already washed by the producer…this step is critical!). Allow the excess water to drain off the greens, but do not dry them with a towel…we need the little bit of water that is clinging to the greens.

Place the washed greens in a skillet or large pot with a tight-fitting lid. The pot should be cold (not preheated) and dry (not coated with oil, spray, nor anything else). Sprinkle desired seasonings on the greens and toss to combine. Place the lid on the pot and turn the burner onto HIGH.

Watch the pot carefully…do not walk away. As soon as you see steam coming out from under the lid, turn the burner off immediately. Allow the pot to stay on the hot burner for 1 minute to complete the steaming process (set a timer). Remove the lid and sprinkle with lemon juice or vinegar, if desired. Serve!

* This recipe is easily increased. Simply use whatever amount of Spring Mix you need to and increase seasonings accordingly. The cooking method will be the same.

About Judi
Julia W. Klee (Judi) began her journey enjoying “all things food” in elementary school when she started preparing meals for her family. That love of food blossomed into a quest to learn more and more about health and wellness as related to nutrition. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Food and Nutrition, then an MS Degree in Nutrition. She has taught nutrition and related courses at the college level to pre-nursing and exercise science students. Her hunger to learn didn’t stop upon graduation from college. She continues to research on a regular basis about nutrition as it relates to health. Her hope is to help as many people as possible to enjoy foods that promote health and wellness.

Fast Sauteed Spring Mix

Fast and Easy Sauteed Spring Mix

Spring Mix greens are found in most grocery stores. They are packed with baby greens that are extremely healthful and delicious, and are usually added to salads. But did you know you can cook Spring Mix? Below is a video demonstration of a REALLY fast and easy way to cook Spring Mix. The written recipe is below the video. The recipe calls for only one small tub of the mix. But it can easily be increased so you can use whatever amount of greens you need to. I hope this helps! Let me know if you try this method…I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy,
Judi

Fast Sautéed Spring Mix
Makes about 2 Servings

1 (5 oz) tub Spring Mix*
Garlic powder**
Salt and pepper
1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 or 2 lemon wedges, or 2 teaspoons vinegar of choice

Rinse the Spring mix and spin it in a salad spinner to remove excess water. If you don’t have a spinner, place the rinsed mix in a colander and allow it to drain well. Do not dry the greens with a towel. Do not skip this step because the little bit of water on the greens helps them to cook.

Transfer the Spring mix to a bowl and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper, all to taste; toss it to disburse the seasonings. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil and allow it to heat briefly. Add Spring mix and sauté it for about 1 minute, just until it starts to wilt. Remove from heat and drizzle with lemon juice or vinegar. Enjoy!

*This recipe can EASILY be increased to using any amount of Spring Mix that you want. Just be sure your pan is big enough to handle the fresh greens at the beginning.

**If you prefer to use fresh garlic, omit the garlic powder. Chop garlic cloves (any amount you want) and place them in the skillet immediately before adding the greens. Proceed with instructions from there.

About Judi
Julia W. Klee (Judi) began her journey enjoying “all things food” in elementary school when she started preparing meals for her family. That love of food blossomed into a quest to learn more and more about health and wellness as related to nutrition. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Food and Nutrition, then an MS Degree in Nutrition. She has taught nutrition and related courses at the college level to pre-nursing and exercise science students. Her hunger to learn didn’t stop upon graduation from college. She continues to research on a regular basis about nutrition as it relates to health. Her hope is to help as many people as possible to enjoy foods that promote health and wellness.

Spring Mix

Spring Mix 101 – The Basics

Are you wondering what to do with Spring Mix? I did research on your behalf and found that it can be used in ways beyond salads! See my video below where I discuss my findings. My notes are below the video. Enjoy!

I hope this helps!
Judi

Spring Mix 101 – The Basics

About Spring Mix
Spring mix contains a variety of fresh greens with different tastes and textures, including red romaine, baby spinach, radicchio, green romaine, red oak leaf, mizuna, red leaf, lollo rosso, arugula, red mustard, green mustard, red chard, frisee, and tatsoi. It contains a mixture of sweet and mild, and also slightly bitter flavors. The variety may vary among different brands.

Nutrition Tidbits
Greens contain vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, calcium, and potassium. It is very low in calories.

How to Select and Store Spring Mix
Choose greens that look fresh and dry. Store them in the refrigerator and use them before the “Use By” date because they don’t last as long as mature greens. Spring mix greens purchased in plastic tubs tend to last longer than those sold in bags because the tubs help protect them from getting damaged. Spring mix greens are so tender that they are best eaten fresh (rather than preserved via freezing, etc.).

Serving Ideas
Spring mix can be used as a bed of salad greens or mixed with other greens for a delicious salad. When using only spring mix in a leafy salad, use lightweight dressings and ingredients, as the tender greens don’t hold up well with heavy ingredients. Basil, lemon, garlic, onion, parsley, chives, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, fruit, toasted nuts and bacon all go well with spring mix.

Spring mix can also be used as a bed for fresh or grilled fruits and other vegetables.

Toss spring mix with a balsamic vinaigrette and top with fresh sliced strawberries, walnuts, and an ounce of goat cheese.

Toss greens, walnuts, and cranberries in a sweet balsamic dressing. Top with goat cheese.

Add mixed greens, Kalamata olives, feta, pepperoncini, and cucumber in a bowl. Add olive oil and lemon. Toss gently. Salt and pepper to taste.

Take your favorite homemade or premixed grain salad and toss in a handful of baby greens.

Add candied or roasted pecans to your mixed greens and toss in a bowl with feta or goat cheese. Top with fresh raspberries.

Use extra spring mix to make a green smoothie. Blend a couple handfuls with a banana and some other fruit or favored flavorings and enjoy!

Spring mix can also be lightly sautéed in a little fat of your choice along with garlic, sesame seeds, and other flavorings. Top it off with a little rice vinegar, soy sauce, or lemon juice to brighten the flavor.

Spring mix can also be used as a substitute for spinach in any dish, cooked or raw.

Try also quickly steaming spring mix with no special equipment. I show how to steam spinach that way in the following video, but using spring mix instead of fresh spinach would work just as well. Judi in the Kitchen video, FAST and EASY Steamed Spinach … https://youtu.be/ZWuZHxdPGxg

Grilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey-Balsamic Dressing https://www.cookingclassy.com/grilled-chicken-and-grape-spring-salad-with-goat-cheese-and-honey-balsamic-dressing/

Greek Chicken, Garden Vegetable, and Spring Mix Salad https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/greek-chicken-garden-vegetable-and-spring-mix-salad-recipe-2125971

Spring Mix Salad with Grilled Chicken, Avocado, and Citrus Vinaigrette http://www.dolesalads.ca/recipes/spring-mix-salad-with-grilled-chicken-avocado-and-citrus-vinaigrette/

Karen’s Spring Mix Salad https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/24383/karens-spring-mix-salad/

Spring Mix Salad with Blueberries, Goat Cheese and Walnuts https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/spring-mix-salad-recipe-with-blueberries-goat-cheese-and-walnuts-low-carb-gluten-free/

Mixed Greens with Bacon and Herbs https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/mixed-greens-with-bacon-and-herbs-106197

References
https://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Spring_Mix_503.php

https://www.verywellfit.com/spring-mix-nutrition-facts-calories-and-health-benefits-4119165