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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dandelion and Turnip Green Salad and Bean Soup Recipe

turnip greens, dandelions, and tiny turnips
We did NOT eat dandelion greens, just flowers.
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Tiny, tender turnip greens from my little garden, dandelions from my yard, and teeny turnips made for a salad from the yard. I did not eat anything because I was overtired, hot, and too stressed. So, the report is from exbf who ate the salad. He had Kraft Italian dressing on the salad.
He bravely popped a dandelion into his mouth. I could tell he was overcoming a bit of trepidation. He made a face. I told him maybe he should pull the green off the flower. He said even though the green was bitter, it was good, that the yellow had no flavor. There was no use explaining vitamins and minerals.
Little raw turnips are good, according to him. I suppose I will be saving those to cook for him or to dehydrate. Okay, I might try one. But, turnips are on my no-eat list. 

bean soup with turnip greens
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14 bean soup mix in the pot with no water
The mixture of beans never looked good to me. It does not sound good at all. But, I asked exbf if he wanted vegetable soup with beef or bean soup with ham. I put the Brown's Best Soup Mix Beans in a pan to wash. With all the different beans before my eyes, I may have left a rock. I followed the recipe on the bag.

1 lb BB Mixed Beans
3 qts water
2 tsp salt ( used 1/2 tsp)
1 ham hock (left out)
1 tsp chili powder (used two shakes of the chili powder bottle)
1 cup chopped celery (used two ribs)
1 cup chopped onion (used bunch of green onions)
1 large can tomatoes, diced (used small can and should have used two)
2 Tbsp lemon juice (forgot this)

I forgot to heat ham for him, so with his approval I dropped some cold pieces in his HOT soup.

Critique from exbf:
Too much celery (he hates biting celery) He says biting celery is like biting a bug. (no, he has not)
Beforehand, he told me not to put much chili powder.
He said I might as well leave out the turnip greens because he could not taste them...sigh. If I ever make this again, I will put turnip greens in if I have them. He does not think about nutrition!

THEN, he said it was good, taking a quart jar of bean soup I offered for lunch or dinner at his house. The rest, about a quart is more soup than beans. I will cook other beans separately and add to this with another can of tomatoes. Frozen in bags, the soup will be here for his lunch or dinner.

After soup and salad, he then had cantaloupe. I found a cantaloupe that was $1 after a coupon. I was very self-satisfied, thinking I had made dinner from free beans, served leftover ham,  and salad from the yard.

Your turn
Have you ever eaten turnip greens raw or in a salad? Have you ever eaten a dandelion?


  1. So lovely, and healthy!

    Thanks for the recipe!

    Wishing you a beautiful day!

    1. Jennifer,
      Thanks. I was pleased at the sight and healthfulness of it all. I just now saw your comment.


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