As I understand it, a bunch of greens melted down with a few amendments is called a “mess” in the American South, as in “a mess of greens,” and served up with other main courses. I like this simple treat well enough to make a main dish out of it.
Slosh of olive oil
2 slices of onion, diced
2 mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced finely
1 cup fresh baby spinach (or other greens—collards, kale, dandelion—all are good)
1 vegan sausage or beer brat, sliced into coins
1 wedge of lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
8 almonds, chopped coarsely
- In a skillet or frying pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and mushrooms until they’re just about translucent.
- Add the garlic, spinach, and faux meat, turning until the greens are wilted, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, squirt with the lemon wedge’s juice, season to taste, and top with chopped almonds.
- Add fruit (like tangerines, dried cranberries, or raisins) and eat it cold. Picnic food!
- Add faux cheese crumbles and breadcrumbs to the top of this dish and bake it in the oven. Yummy!
- Serve over rice or noodles.
- Roll it up into a wrap with scrambled tofu for breakfast.