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Weeds and Chicken Stir Fry for Lunch

These are the # weeds. Mother Naure planted them in a pot where I grew basil last year. The ones with purple flowers are # henbit. It has a delicate flavor that is a bit like a mild parsley – a very mild parsley. I also c ut all the dandelion that was growing here. I will water again this evening to try to keep the plants growing, since they are a source of free food. I have fields full of both in Templeton, but I don't think I want to freeze any weeds. I think they are best fresh.

I decided to pull the leaves off the henbit and chop the stems. Leaves, flowers, and stems are all edible. The dandelion leaves were still young and tender, so I just pulled them into small pieces. I set the greens aside. Then I cut an onion into bite sized pieces and stir fried it with three minced cloves of garlic in heated olive oil until the onions were almost transluscent. Then I added the greens and a couple of teaspoons soy sauce and continued to stir fry until the greens were wilted.

After that, I tossed in two cups of prebroiled strips which had been cut into bite-sized pieces. I sprinkled a bit of balsamic vinegar over all and continued to stir and cook until heated through. Then I sprinkled toasted slivered almonds over the top and let those get hot before serving. Here it is in the pan.

I took the photo.

For lunch I heated a bit of leftover brown rice, and topped it with the Weed-Chicken Stir Fry. I added a quarter Fuji apple on the side, along with toasted sourdough bread topped with butter and Parmesan cheese broiled until light golden brown. The bread was the most sinful thing on the plate. It was all yummy.

I took the photo.

Have you cooked anything unusual lately?

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Feisty56 wrote on February 26, 2015, 7:45 PM

I was curious when I read the title, but am now relieved to find your meal was thistles and sagebrush. lol

GemstonePink wrote on February 26, 2015, 7:54 PM

Oh yes, those dishes you prepared look delightful. It is so great that you have your own garden filled with lovely things to add to your recipes.

bestwriter wrote on February 26, 2015, 8:57 PM

I am glad you have a name for those weeds as just saying weeds and chicken stir fry or whatever I did have second thoughts emoticon :grin: I too have so many weeds.I wonder if they are edible.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 26, 2015, 10:37 PM

That looks yummy. I do like free food, although I've never eaten any out of the yard before.

BarbRad wrote on February 27, 2015, 4:20 AM

Not quite. I'm not quite ready to peel milk thistle, even though I understand it can be eaten like celery once the thorns are off. Watched someone peel and eat it in the field on YouTube. I'm not sure sagebrush is edible. I'll settle for plain sage.

BarbRad wrote on February 27, 2015, 4:21 AM

Those are not from the garden. They are from the weeds most people get rid of.

BarbRad wrote on February 27, 2015, 4:22 AM

If you know their names, look them up. I bought several books on wild edible plants on Amazon.

BarbRad wrote on February 27, 2015, 4:23 AM

I never did until about three years ago. Just research them first.

BarbRad wrote on February 27, 2015, 4:24 AM

I consider them herbs and vegetables that most people just haven't learned to appreciate.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 27, 2015, 9:15 AM

The food actually looks good as can be seen in the pics emoticon :smile: Now I am hungry. I was surprised when I saw the weeds part of the title.

CoralLevang wrote on February 27, 2015, 1:09 PM

Now I am hungry. And, to answer your question, I always eat strange foods. Always have been experimental.

LilyDay wrote on March 1, 2015, 12:28 PM

The "weeds" would be good in a seitan dish.

I don't consider anything that I cook to be odd. However, I know that it certainly is not mainstream.

VinceSummers wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:43 AM

I really enjoy certain wild plants. Eggs, onions, and poke weed are a great combination. Some people enjoy sorrel. In fact, you can even eat (such as in a salad) baby greenbrier leaves.