Five Other-Than-Salad Microgreens Recipes
When it comes to microgreens, their health benefits are off the charts but their recipes... umm... not so much. Which is just sad because there are so many different types of microgreens, all with their own flavor that they should be allowed to be more than just a garnish to your steak and salmon dinner. So without further adieu, here are five recipes featuring microgreens other than salad.
1. Feta and Microgreens Pizza
Who doesn't love pizza? I mean you can literally put anything (edible that is) on pizza dough and make it taste good. That being said, the next time you're in a fix for something new, try out these quick ingredients to get you started:
- Feta or ricotta cheese
- Alfredo sauce*
- Basil microgreens
- Spinach microgreens
- Broiled chicken breast (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bake chicken breast in oven at 350 degree F for 20-30 minutes until cooked thoroughly.
- Spread Alfredo sauce on pizza dough, add cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Add microgreens and chicken on top, warm (with oven off) for 5 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper and enjoy!
*Try the pesto recipe below for a great sauce alternative!
2. Basil & Pea Pesto
Pesto is a super simple sauce that will taste new and fresh! Try combining these ingredients in a blender to create a creamy, intriguing additive to your already great dish:
- Pea shoots
- Basil shoots
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth.
- Squeeze lemon on top and enjoy!
If sauce is too thick, try adding a splash of water and blend again until smooth.
3. Open-Faced Toast with Egg
This is a super easy recipe to dress up your Sunday breakfast and start your week off right with a huge boost of nutrients. Follow the ingredient below for a new twist on your everyday breakfast:
- Fried egg, over-easy
- Whole grain bread
- Mustard microgreens
- Salt and pepper
- Heat a splash of veggie oil in skillet, fry egg over-easy (still runny on the inside).
- Warm a slice of cooked ham in skillet
- Toast a slice of whole grain bread
- Layer bottom to top: toast, ham, egg, mustard greens, add salt and pepper and enjoy!
4. Chunky Grilled Corn Salsa
Salsa is not exactly a new concept in the food world, but rather than using the same old ingredients, try these for a nutritional, eye-opening dish:
- Pinto or black beans
- Cilantro microgreens
- Lime juice
- Grill or roast corn until cooked through, chill.
- Follow package directions to prepare beans.
- Chop tomatoes and cilantro microgreens.
- Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix, top with lime juice and enjoy with chips!
5. Roasted Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa is a very easy alternative to rice and also has amazing health benefits. Load this dish up with veggies for a filling-but-healthy meal:
- Whole grain quinoa
- Zucchini or summer squash
- Kale microgreens
- Red cabbage microgreens (declared most nutritious by USDA!)
- Olive oil
- Rinse and chop zucchini and summer squash, roast at 450 degrees F. for 15 minutes, stirring at 7 minutes.
- Follow package directions for preparing quinoa
- Combine all ingredients in bowl, drizzle with olive oil and enjoy!
Microgreens don't always have to be the sole act in the show but at times it seems like the only recipes out there are how to garnish this and that with microgreens. With over 40 types of commonly-sold microgreens out there, there should be way more diversification in the meal department. I hope this post helps you jump on the bandwagon and starts you off with some great ideas on how to use these nutrition-loaded greens!