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What to do with Kale, Turnip Greens & Cole slaw mix?

Just found this message board, and boy I am glad! Love to cook, but tend to make quick / easy things as I'm a single mom & pretty busy. Sometimes I get things free with coupons that I don't know what to do with, and really needed someplace I could go for ideas. I normally end up donating things like this to a local place that feeds the homeless, because I simply don't know what to do with them.

Today I got a big bag of kale, a big bag of turnip greens, and a small bag of coleslaw mix free. We are not salad folks at all - can't stand the texture of salad. Ditto for coleslaw. Any ideas for what to do with these? The only way I know of to make turnip greens is with ham hocks - but we don't eat pork anymore so that is out. I did a quick google, and every recipe I found calls for pork in some fashion

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  1. How about turkey bacon? I would shred the turnip and kale and add it, along with the coleslaw mix, to a pan of crumbled turkey bacon and olive oil, toss in a bunch of garlic and saute until tender. Toss with pasta and top with Romano. Yumm.

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    1. re: escondido123

      That sounds great but I don't think it's necessary to add a bacon flavor. Better but not necessary :) I saute' kale regularly. Sometimes I add some chicken stock after sauteeing for a bit, then cover til it collapses. Sometime some soy sauce at the end. The choices are pretty much endless. And, of course, stir fry.

      1. re: escondido123

        I was wondering if turkey bacon would work or not. The flavor is not at all the same IMO. Debated maybe getting a smoked turkey leg & pulling the meat off instead too.

        1. re: frugalmama

          I think the turkey leg sounds great! Doesn't have to be pork.

          1. re: frugalmama

            YES! to the smoked turkey leg. Turkey bacon is just chopped and formed dark meat turkey anyway. Why not go for the real thing?

        2. Make a sweet and sour cabbage as a side dish.

          And try a warm pasta and beans dinner with the greens http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe...

          1. Use the coleslaw mix in vegetable soup. If you can't get around to making it right away, freeze the bag as is and use it right from frozen when you make soup. I'd recommend turkey kielbasa, onion, chicken broth, carrot, garlic, and herbs including caraway. My favorite is to add cider and diced apple, and either barley, wild rice, or white beans.

            I'd braise the kale and turnip greens in the same pot, with chicken broth, onion, garlic, and optionally, a smoked turkey leg or turkey bacon. As coliver says, the meat is not essential.

            You should google kale chips (turnip greens and other greens can be done the same way), which is a fast and easy way to use up vast amounts of greens, and also something kids gobble up. There are threads about it on this board, too.

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              1. re: magiesmom

                Right - that's why turkey sausage and turkey bacon.

            1. I add greens to almost every legume dish I prepare. I have also used coleslaw mix for stir fried cabbage.

              1. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add 1 sliced onion; cook and stir until softened and starting to sweeten. Add greens. Season with pinch of salt. Cook and stir until greens have wilted. Preheat oven to 475F. Roll out ½ pound store bought pizza dough until very thin. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Top with sautéed greens and onion and a sprinkle of very sharp cheddar. Bake until pizza is crispy and golden. I promise you'll love it. Here's my original recipe using kale, but it works just as good with any greens. www.karyosmond.com/kale-pizza/

                1. I like to chop up greens, saute in olive oil with garlic, and then mix with orzo and dress with parm and lemon.

                  Have you ever made kale chips before?

                  1. For the kale and turnip greens they can be a quick dish by sauteeing them- i do something similar to this recipe, the olives and lemon are really key:
                    With a fried egg ontop and some crusty bread you've got dinner!

                    This is a great guide for how to make kale chips- they really are delicious!

                    For the coleslaw mix that is perfect for stews or soup.

                    1. I used this recipe for kale chips and everyone liked them. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/me...

                      All those items can also be put into smoothies. Google green smoothies and recipes will come up

                      1. For the kale and turnip greens, get out your blender/food processor, and it's pesto time! Fresh basil if you have it around, otherwise garlic, acid, and oil (nuts if you do that, we are a nut free home so we skip those) and blend!

                        1. vegetarian soup
                          saute some mirepoix
                          add some soaked lentils or cooked white beans
                          add water, simmer until the lentils are tender
                          add salt/pepper and some cut up or canned tomatoes or tomato juice/puree
                          add the greens simmer until tender

                          1. Costco is presently selling a Kale & Cabbage Salad mix which is surprisingly good. I served it over the holidays and it was very well received.

                            dried cranberries
                            nuts or seeds
                            blue cheese crumbles
                            sweet dressing

                            so my suggestion is to consider a salad.

                            1. I made creamy kale a couple of weeks ago and really liked it. It was like a healthy version of creamed spinach. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ka...

                              1. I always add coleslaw mix to the filling of my Chinese dumplings. I saute it with ground chicken and spices so the texture is soft and it blends well with all the flavors. I use the greens (and slaw mix) to add volume to any soup or stew. In a soup it's nice and light, almost like celery but in stews it makes it very hearty.