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I knew these weren’t collards, but they were on the collard shelf, and I was way too tired to argue.  So I told myself, “Caitlin, these are baby collards.”


Got home, read the label, and discovered I had purchased dandelion greens.  Not sure how I felt about accidentally purchasing – and eating – dandelion greens.  I hear “dandelion greens,” and I think, “You mean, the weed?” 


But you know what?  It’s a pretty tasty weed.  Excuse me… I mean green.   Fun fact:  Dandelion greens contain loads of vitamins (specifically A, C, and K) and are sources of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese.


Bush’s BBQ beans

Roasted potatoes and carrots

Steamed dandelion greens (prepared like so)


Thought of the Day: 


From OperationBeautiful.com!




  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 2, 2012, 9:43 pm

    Well despite eating weeds, it sure looks tasty! 😉

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human October 2, 2012, 9:55 pm

    I love that Operation Beautiful note 🙂

    • CJ @ Fill the Well October 3, 2012, 12:28 am

      Agreed – that note was just what I needed today!

  • Laura October 2, 2012, 10:03 pm

    Dandelion root/greens are excellent for your liver and kidneys. Yum 🙂

  • Jess October 2, 2012, 10:03 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try dandy greens….now I REALLY do!!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 2, 2012, 10:58 pm

    I’ve only tried dandelion greens once but I was a fan!

  • Beks October 2, 2012, 11:14 pm

    I was giving serious thought to foraging my own dandelion greens this summer, but I never got around to it.

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action October 2, 2012, 11:26 pm

    I’ve seen dandelion weeds at the grocery store and felt the same way as you! I also have so many growing in my backyard I feel silly to pay for them! So far, you’re braver than me, as I’ve never tried them.
    How did they taste?

  • Annette@FitnessPerks October 2, 2012, 11:31 pm

    LOVE that note!!

    I’ve totally bought the ‘wrong’ green before because it was in the wrong place. Hah.

  • Kath October 3, 2012, 3:47 am

    Matt once… Harvested…. Said weed from the side of Sharon Rd West and ate them for dinner!

    • Nina October 3, 2012, 4:33 pm

      Right near where I grew up 🙂

  • Courtney @ Translating Nutrition October 3, 2012, 3:54 am

    Did you find the dandelion greens bitter? The one time I ate them, they were too bitter for me to finish. But it could be that I’m just too sensitive to bitter?

    • Caitlin October 3, 2012, 6:53 am

      v bitter!

    • Nina October 3, 2012, 4:32 pm

      They are a bitter green!

  • Aspen October 3, 2012, 4:35 am

    I don’t even care if it is grass..as long as it looks good like above…heehehehhe…n I love that note so much. I’ll make one on my own today!

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 3, 2012, 6:30 am

    I’ve never had dandelion… but you almost make me a believer. Served up with those baked beans, it doesn’t look too bad 😉

  • James October 3, 2012, 8:04 am

    dandelion greens are becoming more popular in stores. I’ve been slowly cultivating a front yard full of them, much tot he bane of my neighbors, so that I’ll have plenty to eat come next spring. That, or I’m just too lazy to weed!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 3, 2012, 8:40 am

    I’m a wuss about my greens… I haven’t tried kale, collard greens, or anything! Sad but true… I need to put my big girl panties on and branch out!

  • Shelly October 3, 2012, 9:15 am

    I use dandelion greens in this bread salad recipe I found from Smitten Kitchen. To veggie-fy it, just use veggie broth in place of chicken broth and don’t toss it with chicken pan juices at the end (maybe up the dressing to make up the difference if it looks dry, but I think the drippings make it too juicy anyway)

  • Megan October 3, 2012, 9:31 am

    Dandelion flowers are actually good too…people eat them in salads. I’ve only tried a few in the backyard and they aren’t too bad.

  • Jennie October 3, 2012, 10:12 am


    This news anchor went to my college and has gone viral from an on-air reaction to a viewer’s email about her weight. She was on the Today Show this morning. What do you think about it? I thought it sort of tied into your mission with Operation Beautiful.


  • Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset October 3, 2012, 11:28 am

    Your roasted potatos always look so good! I <3 Operation Beautiful. You rock 🙂

  • Nina October 3, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Ask your husband about dandelion greens, I’m sure he’d be on board. In fact I’m surprised you don’t eat more herbs/medicinal plants like dandelion greens!

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