Green veggies with flavoured butter

Green Vegetables

Serves 4

  • For the butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 dried red chilli

  • a few sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked

  • 7 anchovy fillets in oil, drained

  • 250 g cold unsalted butter

  • For the greens

  • 4 large handfuls mixed green cabbage leaves

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Add the garlic, chilli, rosemary and anchovies to a food processor and whiz until fairly fine. Dice and add the cold butter, then whiz again until well combined.



Get yourself a good-sized piece of greaseproof paper and place the butter into the centre. Fold the paper over and roll it around until you have an even-sized log. Twist up the ends to seal then pop in the fridge or freezer until needed.



Wash and drain your cabbage leaves, getting rid of any tough stalks. Add to a large pan of salted boiling water, bring back to the boil then cook on a medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Drain well in a colander and leave to cool.



Carefully squeeze the cabbage leaves to get rid of any excess moisture. Add a slice of your flavoured butter and the balsamic vinegar to a large pan on a high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the leaves and toss around for a couple of minutes until hot through. Serve with a tiny extra knob of melting butter on top.

Nutritional Information

Green veggies with flavoured butter

Amazing for Christmas dinner

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This wonderfully herby butter gives festive greens loads of flavour, and you can prep it in advance
Serves 4
20m (plus chilling time)
Super easy
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The beauty of this recipe is that you can vary the flavour combos; herbs work really well, or you can try things like olives, sun-dried tomatoes, chilli or lemon zest. You can make it up to a month in advance so it's one less thing to do on the big day, and keep the leftovers in the freezer so you have an instant flavour injection at your fingertips. You can use it with anything from fish to chicken, roast lamb, roast potatoes or bread – delicious!

Add the garlic, chilli, rosemary and anchovies to a food processor and whiz until fairly fine. Dice and add the cold butter, then whiz again until well combined.

Get yourself a good-sized piece of greaseproof paper and place the butter into the centre. Fold the paper over and roll it around until you have an even-sized log. Twist up the ends to seal then pop in the fridge or freezer until needed.

Wash and drain your cabbage leaves, getting rid of any tough stalks. Add to a large pan of salted boiling water, bring back to the boil then cook on a medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Drain well in a colander and leave to cool.

Carefully squeeze the cabbage leaves to get rid of any excess moisture. Add a slice of your flavoured butter and the balsamic vinegar to a large pan on a high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the leaves and toss around for a couple of minutes until hot through. Serve with a tiny extra knob of melting butter on top.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 48
    2%
  • Carbs 2.6g
    1%
  • Sugar 2.3g 3%
  • Fat 3.7g 5%
  • Saturates 2.3g 12%
  • Protein 0.8g 2%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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  • For the butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 dried red chilli

  • a few sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked

  • 7 anchovy fillets in oil, drained

  • 250 g cold unsalted butter

  • For the greens

  • 4 large handfuls mixed green cabbage leaves

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar