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Stir Fried Baby Spring Greens

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Stir Fried Baby Spring Greens

This is a very simple dish to prepare and cook. It's a good way of getting kids to try greens. Forget the boiled stuff we normally get, this is crisp, tasty, sweet and juicy. It's a great Easter accompaniment with roast chicken or beef and it's easy to cook. Even our kids like these greens!


  • 4 medium heads of firm, young spring greens
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed (optional)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt
  • Freshly milled black pepper

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  1. Tear off and discard any yellow or old leaves from the outside of the spring greens.
  2. Chop or shred remaining leaves as finely as possible, discarding the stalk, the wash and drain well.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy based pan, then add the finely sliced red onion and cook gently for a few minutes to soften.
  4. Next, add the garlic and soften for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the spring greens and stir well - it may look like a large quantity, but it will cook down by about half. You will get a little steam from the water left on the greens, this helps to cook the greens.
  6. Season with a little salt, pepper and a little sugar.
  7. Cover the pan with a lid, reduce the heat and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  8. Do not overcook once cooked strain in a colander and serve.