Beet Greens with Pine Nuts

What a tasty way to enjoy one of the mildest greens available.



  •     1 pound beet greens
  •     1/4 cup chopped onion
  •     1 large garlic clove, minced
  •     3/4 cup of water
  •     1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  •     1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  •     1/3 cup roasted pine nuts
  •     1/6 cup of cider vinegar



  1. Wash the greens in a sink filled with cold water. Drain greens and wash a second time. Drain greens and cut away any heavy stems. Cut leaves into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or 3-qt saucepan, add a little water and onions, saute over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occassionally, until onions soften and start to brown. Stir in garlic. Add water to the hot pan, stirring to loosen any particles from bottom of pan. Stir in sugar and red pepper. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Add the beet greens, gently toss in the onion mixture so the greens are well coated. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5-15 minutes until the greens are tender. Stir in vinegar. (For kale or collard greens continue cooking additional 20 to 25 minutes or until desired tenderness.)
  4. Add pine nuts just before serving.



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