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DANDELION RECIPES

Posted by strattof on May 18, 2013

Dandelion leaves give

  • more vitamin A and beta carotene than carrots
  • more potassium than bananas
  • more iron and vitamin A than spinach
  • vitamins C & B, calcium, magnesium, and choline

Do not use dandelions that have been near pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, car fumes, or

peeing dogs.

Always wash the leaves thoroughly and remove coarse stems.

DANELION TEA

Steep the leaves in not-quite boiling water for 15 minutes.

Dry dandelion leaves for winter brewing. A health-giving tonic!

DANDELION SALAD

Replace lettuce or spinach with dandelion leaves or mix them.  

Dandelion flowers are also edible and add a nice colour to salads.

DANDELION AVOCADO SANDWICH

1.   Spread Saskatchewan mustard on two slices of whole grain bread.

2.  Slice an avocado into strips and lay it on one of the slices.

3.  Pile on dandelion leaves cut into bite-size pieces. YUMMY!

COOKED DANDELION GREENS  

Steam the leaves for a few minutes in a little water.

If you like, add some chopped onion or garlic or a dash of soy sauce.

Save the cooking water for soup stock.

Dandelion leaves can also be substituted for, or mixed with, other greens in recipes such as lasagna. You can also snip them into soups and stews.

 DANDELION POTATOES

1.   Take two medium-size potatoes and peal them if they are not organic. Otherwise, leave the skins on.

2.  Cut the potatoes into quarters.

3.  Boil the potatoes in just enough water so they don’t boil dry.

4.  Cut two handfuls of dandelion leaves into bite-size pieces and add them to the boiling water.

5.  Add black pepper, thyme, and dill.

6.  When everything is tender, drain and mash together, saving the liquid for soup stock.

7.  Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top. DELICIOUS!

SWEET DANDELION MEDLEY

1.   Gently heat 2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil in a saucepan.

2.   Slice a medium-size onion and finely chop 2 garlic cloves. Simmer in oil until golden.  

3.   Peel a sweet potato and cut it into very thin slices.

4.   Add the sweet potato slices to the pan while the onion and garlic are simmering.

5.   Add a pile of dandelion leaves cut into bite-size pieces.

6.   Add a little water to keep the mixture from burning.

7.   Add a few drops of soy sauce, and some dried thyme and black pepper.

8.   When the sweet potatoes are soft, drain the mixture, saving the liquid for soup.

DANDELION ROOT COFFEE

Dandelion roots also have medicinal qualities. They can be made into an excellent caffeine-free coffee substitute.

1.   Dig up the roots of mature dandelion plants and wash them carefully. 

2.   Cut the roots into chunks and put them in a large water-filled bowl. Swish with your hands until the water gets cloudy. Pour off and repeat until the water runs clear.

3.   Place the root chunks into a food processor and grind them into a course-looking mixture.

4.   Spread the course grounds on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 250° F for about 2 hours. Leave the oven door slightly open so moisture can escape. Stir periodically to ensure even roasting and prevent burning.

5.   Cool after roasting and then grind in a coffee grinder to the texture of regular coffee for use in a coffee maker. ENJOY your caffeine-free dandelion coffee! 

Dandelion roots can also be chopped into soup as you would parsnip.

DANDELION FRITTATA (or Fancy Scrambled Eggs)

1.   In a thick skillet, briefly sauté cut dandelion greens, along with half a chopped onion or lots of fresh chives, chopped parsley, a chopped garlic clove, and some sliced mushrooms.

2.   In a bowl, beat 2 eggs and add 1 tablespoon of milk, some basil, thyme, or oregano, a dash of chili or hot sauce, and half a cup of white coarsely grated cheese.

3.   Add the egg mix to the mix in the skillet and let set or scramble.

If you have any questions or want more delectable dandelion recipes, please contact Catherine: cfverrall@yahoo.ca or 306-569-7699.

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