When I buy green leafy vegetables like beets, spinach or turnip tops, I wash them immediately and cook in boiling water to reduce their volume. This helps me to find them in the fridge ready for use. In this way I can quickly prepare a side dish by sautéing them in a pan with garlic and extra virgin olive oil, or use them to prepare green flans. In this recipe, I will fill a quiche.
In my experience, cooking “light desserts” is very satisfying: first, because I can achieve excellent results abstaining from using ingredients wich are often part of daily nutrition; I’m talking about eggs, milk, yeasts, refined flours and sugars … these are vegetarian ingredients, but they should be limited. Secondly, I realize that, gradually, my palate becames more perceptible; this allows me to enjoy also the simple and light tastes.