October Green of the Month: Leaf Lettuce

There is such a variety with lettuce, it's hard to know where to start.  When someone tells me they don't like lettuce, I have to ask "which kind?"  The green of the month will include features of various types of lettuce.  I thought a great place to start would be what I got this week in my weekly produce delivery:  red and green leaf lettuce.    

Leaf lettuce is considered one of the three basic types of lettuce (the other two types are head lettuce (includes butterhead and iceberg) and romaine - we'll cover those later), Leaf lettuces are known for their loosely formed heads and come in green, red or a combination (see picture above).

While all of the lettuces provide nutrients (yes, even iceberg!), leaf lettuce has more protein and calcium, provides 7 of the 9 vitamins and is the best source of Vitamin K of the other basics.










Episode 5: Collard Cabbage Slaw

Join Tanya and her good friend and fellow dancer, Dani of Dinewithdani.com, bustin a gut and making a summer favorite that will stand on its own OR pair well with anything you put on the grill (or in your glass).  Get your summer cocktail (check out Dani's drink recipes and "get that green" GRUB with a beautiful colorful slaw-salad!  Want the recipe

Episode 4: Curry Lime Squash

In a very special Episode 4, Tanya is joined by her Ma Bev, the original cook in the family.  Join mother and daughter as they create special curry lime zucchini and yellow squash! 

Episode 3: Sauteed Red and Green Cabbage

In Episode 3, Tanya is joined by her good friend Michelle "Pickles" for a special sauteed cabbage collaboration featuring Pickles' homemade pickles.  Even if you don't have Pickles' pickles, you can substitute any pickles (or other seasoning you like) in this colorful bowl of red and green cabbage!  GRUB on cancer-fighting cabbage and get your GROOVE on with the "Cabbage Patch!" 

Episode 2: Garlicky Lemony Spinach (Sauteed)

This week, Dancing Lion of The Healing Room stops by to drop some knowledge AND do a little “Spinach Drop” with Tanya.  Mixing raw and cooked garlic ups the heat AND healing power of this dish and lemon takes it over the top!!!  The spinach can be raw AND cooked, too; so you can GRUB on the best of both worlds!  

Episode 1: Sauteed Collards and Kale

It is only appropriate that Tanya's first guest would be family since Tanya learned all her foundational cooking skills at home.  Her cousin and friend, Malka, loves Tanya’s greens so it is perfectly fitting that they would “green clean” together in Episode 1.