As Kermit the Frog told us, it’s not easy being green. But Alicia Keys is going for it anyway—at least for the next month or so. The singer recently posted a plate of broccoli, spinach and zucchini noodles to her Instagram account with the caption, “40 days of eating only greens!!” The plan sounds extreme, but we’re assuming Keys means green-colored vegetables rather than just leafy greens, because of the zucchini and broccoli in the picture. That gives her a bit of wiggle room when it comes to variety.
Whether you want to join the verdant star in her effort or simply add a bit more greenery to your diet, here are 9 delicious recipes for healthy greens (which include only one or two non-green ingredients) to make at any time of day.
Bloggers Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley serve their skillet-tossed lettuce and green bean salad warm, topped with a buttery, tangy anchovy dressing. "I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner," says Melissa. "When vegetables are served this way, there's no way to feel like, 'Oh, greens, I have to eat them.'"
Crunchy shaved broccoli stems are incredible in this quick salad.
This salad showcases contrasting textures, with raw and fried kale and brussels sprouts in a tangy Southeast Asian dressing.
This updated take on the nouvelle cuisine classic salade gourmande features crisp-tender haricots verts and cooked artichoke hearts in a shallot-sherry vinaigrette.
Chef Sarah Schafer makes this starter over the fire-pit grill at her beach cabin and serves them right out of the skillet.
This dish is mostly just raw asparagus, but a little bit of cheese makes it supremely wine-friendly.
Everyday ingredients—snow peas, romaine, capers and egg—come together brilliantly in this flavorful stir-fry.
This easy sautéed kale with garlic and olive oil gets a slight kick from red chili flakes.
This dish is a genius way to use up the stems of any hearty green. We used collard stems, but you could also use kale, chard or mustard stems.