At Live Gourmet we love our leafy greens but we also like a great burger too! A burger is a tasty way to get your daily veggie intake with added lean protein. This week we’re featuring a recipe that’s perfect for Summer!
Got Leafy Greens?
Leafy Greens are the most ideal vegetable that people can eat. They are low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. Below is a list to help you get started on your raw foods diet.
- Butter Lettuce – This variety of loose leaf head lettuce has a delicate mild to sweet flavor with a firm crisp texture.
- Cos or Romaine – It has a long, oval head of tightly packed crisp leaves.
- Iceberg – A pale, round, tightly packed lettuce which has crisp leaves with a refreshing flavor.
- 3 In 1 Lettuce – A mixed salad of Lollo Rossa, Lollo Bionda, and Red Oak Leaf grown together.
Live Gourmet is locally grown, pesticide free and still alive – making it a perfect choice of produce for your raw food plan. We sell all of our products with the roots attached so you and your family are buying the freshest lettuce and leafy greens available!
At Live Gourmet, customer feedback means everything to us. We love sharing recipes to help you and your family eat fresh and live healthy. It’s easy to get stuck with making the same sandwich or salad for your mid-day meal. This recipe is in response to the busy activity filled schedules many parents and children have. Our Living Butter Lettuce can actually help your lunch stay fresher longer because the roots are still attached – our protective packaging ensures this freshness. This week, learn how to break free from your lunch rut with a noontime salad that is healthy and stays fresh. We dare you not to get wrapped up in this recipe!
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At Live Gourmet we have a saying when it comes to adding our fresh lettuce to your meals, “It’s better with butter – butter lettuce that is.” Salad Bar favorites such as Iceberg Lettuce or Romaine Lettuce contain less vitamins and nutrients in comparison to these leafy greens. Did you know that Butter Lettuce is rich in calcium and a good source of iron, vitamins A and C?
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When you buy our Living Butter Lettuce you’ll notice that the roots are still attached – this is because it’s a living plant. We use hydroponic growing methods which help reduce contamination and dirt, bringing you cleaner and fresher produce. In addition to Butter Lettuce we grow Upland Cress, Red Butter Lettuce and Arugula.
This week we’ll examine each of these types of greens to get the nutrition facts straight. Read these tips before you reach for the Iceberg!
Nutrients: Arugula has many vital phyto-nutrients, and antioxidants that can immensely benefit health. It contains the minerals copper and iron. It’s also a great source for folic acid.
Vitamins: Contains vitamin K – great for bones, vitamin A – great for skin and vitamin C – fights infection.
Calories: A serving of fresh leaves totals around 10 calories.
Fresh Tip: Add smaller leaves to your burger or sandwich. Cook leaves in a soup, sauce or stew.
The next time you are tossing together a lunchtime salad or wrapping up a dinner you’ll be able to answer why your leafy greens are better!
At Live Gourmet vegetables matter to us. We find different ways to help you have fun with getting your daily vegetable intake. This week we ask if you’ve heard the expression, “Eat your colors”?
Eating your colors means to vary your vegetables by including more produce that is high in phyto-nutrients, a substance found in plants that are beneficial to people. These nutrients are especially prevalent in brightly colored fruits and leafy vegetables.
Fresh Eating Tip: Vary your veggies with a container full of primary colors – RED, YELLOW, GREEN! Combine butter lettuce leaves, sliced cucumber, yellow tomatoes and red bell peppers for a dressing-less salad that doesn’t make a mess – makes great finger food for adults and kids alike!
This fresh snack is perfect for traveling in your car and sharing with your little ones. Kids have fun making mini veggie wraps with the smaller leaves. A grab and go snack of sliced vegetables and butter lettuce leaves is both delicious and nutritious.
Fresh Fact: Did you know that Living Butter Lettuce has a delicate mild to sweet flavor with a firm crisp texture? Butter lettuce is truly easy to use with little to no preparation, simply tear the leaves off as needed. Smaller leaves found at the base of the lettuce were used in this snack and have an even sweeter taste that your kids will love!
Bragg Live Foods
We’re not one to brag – but this site provides many organic salad dressing options including their new dressing & marinade called Braggberry! It’s made from a blend of mixed berries and fat-free ingredients. Pair with our Living Upland Cress for an antioxidant packed meal.
Brianna’s Fine Salad Dressings
Find your salad recipe nirvana with Brianna’s. The recipe page is organized by the flavor of each dressing. Take a look at the “Super Salad” recipe section for a variety of ways to fix your greens.
Kraft Foods – Recipes and Tips
Recipes for budget conscious and health conscious parents. There’s even a fun recipe for Turkey Lettuce Wraps that uses Butter Lettuce and takes only 15 minutes to prepare!
The site feature’s Paul Newman’s “Eat Right, Eat Light” recipe section for salad recipes. There is a great recipe that pairs Arugula and Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing called “Baby Arugula, Pear and Prosciutto Salad” – Yum!
If you have great salad dressing recipes or butter lettuce recipes to share, Email us at email@example.com
|Butter Lettuce Salad with cucumbers|
|Butter Lettuce, cucumbers and Heirloom tomatoes|
|Butter Lettuce Salad with Salmon and sauteed Vegetables|
|Girard’s Champagne Salad Dressing helps dress-up this dish|
|Voila! Dinner for Two|
Growing delicious Live Gourmet lettuces and leafy greens is what we are known for at Hollandia Produce, LLC and we accomplish this by focusing on food safety first. We are so proud to share that this month, we became the first North American greenhouse producer of hydroponic leafy greens to earn the Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification.
Here is the A+ report card from Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification:
– HACCP score of 100% (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
– Overall superior audit score of 99.21%
We are very pleased to receive recognition for the food safety policies and procedures that we execute daily to promote fresh safe and wholesome lettuces and leafy greens. The certification was granted March 24th and no other suppliers on the Primus GFS list have hydroponically grown leafy greens.
Pete Overgaag, Hollandia Produce, LLC’s CEO said: “The organizational investments in food safety training and reinforcement and the accompanying policy and procedure protocols we employ are the foundation of our company’s culture of food safety.”
“Lettuce” keep our kitchens fresh and enjoy your butter lettuce even more knowing we are the first North American hydroponic leafy greens producer to earn the Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification!
Put a little “Green” in your step this Spring with quick and easy recipes from Live Gourmet. The change of the season has us enjoying longer days and our bodies craving fresher food. Add crisp, absolutely fresh tasting butter lettuce to your diet which can be served in a salad or a wrap. Each of these recipes include Living Butter Lettuce for your entire family to enjoy!
Easter Bunny Salad
Hop into the kitchen for this delicious recipe that will have your children cheering for more. This nutritious salad keeps them healthy with a rich source of calcium found in both the cottage cheese and butter lettuce.
• 3 cups cottage cheese
• 2 to 3 tbsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
• 2 granny smith apples, diced
• 1 to 2 tbsp. honey
Combine everything and chill. Serve over a bed of Living Butter Lettuce
Spring Asparagus Salad
Butter Lettuce has a delicate mild to sweet flavor with a firm crisp texture. Here’s a salad that combines fresh spring asparagus and butter lettuce for a light but elegant luncheon.
• 1 bunch asparagus (about 1lb.)
• 2 heads Living Butter Lettuce
• 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
• 5 tsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 tsp. of lemon zest
• 1/2 tsp. each of honey
• 1/4 tsp. each of salt and pepper
• 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
• 1/4 lb. perline mozzarella cheese
• 2 tbsp. pine nuts
Trim asparagus spears on the diagonal into 1/8-in. slices, leaving tips about 1 inch long. Tear butter lettuce into bite-size pieces. Set aside. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, salt, pepper and mustard until creamy looking. In a large bowl, toss butter lettuce with 3 tbsp. dressing. Divide butter lettuce among salad plates. Toss asparagus spears with remaining salad dressing and spoon over lettuces. Sprinkle with perline mozzarella and pine nuts.
Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps
Your family and friends will be impressed after feasting on these vegan and vegetarian friendly lettuce wraps.
• 1 (16-ounce) package water-packed, firm tofu, drained
• 1/2 cup lime juice
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced lemongrass
• 2 tbsp. soy sauce
• 3/4 tsp. chile paste with garlic
• 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
• 3 minced garlic cloves
• 1 head of Living Red Butter Lettuce
• 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves
• 3 tbsp. chopped peanuts
• Handful of mint leaves
• 4 carrots cut julienne style
• Handful of basil leaves
Cut tofu into 12 (1/2-inch) slices. Arrange tofu in a single layer in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Combine juice and next 6 ingredients in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring until honey dissolves. Pour over tofu. Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Heat wok or heavy fry pan with cooking spray. Brown tofu 3 minutes on each side. Remove 12 large outer leaves from Red Butter Lettuce head. Place tofu slice on each lettuce leaf. Top each leaf with 2 tsp. cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon peanuts, 3 mint leaves, 3 carrot strips, and 1 basil leaf. Wrap leaf around toppings. Serve with marinade. (3 lettuce wraps & 1/4 cup sauce)
That’s a wrap!