quelites

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese might look familiar to you, you might call them weeds. We call them delicious. We were first introduced to quelites while we lived in New Mexico. They are commonly considered a weed – but why?! They are amazing! Quelites are also known as wild spinach or Lamb’s quarters. Not only does it taste incredible, but it’s got an amazing nutritional profile – it contains MORE nutrients than spinach. We’d suggest you use it just as you would use it’s inferior cousin, spinach. Here are some ideas: sauteed with onions and garlic and mixed with scrambled eggs, blended with peaches and yogurt as a green smoothie, toss in with salad greens, saute with mixed vegetables for stirfry, or mix in with baked beans.

 

Quelites can be used in any recipe that calls for spinach, it’s endlessly versatile and extremely nutritious. Hope you like this weed as much as we do.

 

Quelites and beans

  • 2 cups pinto beans, cooked
  • olive oil garlic to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 Tbs dried chile
  • 1 bunch quelites
  • salt to taste

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion, garlic and chile seeds and cook until the onion is just beginning to wilt. Add the pinto beans and quelites and continue cooking until the greens have wilted. Add salt to taste. Serve with rice, tortillas, marinated and grilled meat, cheese, sour cream, you fill in the rest! Try a bowl of beans with a fried egg for breakfast. So filling, so good!

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