Consuming cooked greens is one of the greatest predictors of longevity; we surveyed 670 people over the age of 60 and found that those most likely to survive the next 10 years were eating at least a quarter of a cup every day. Cooking greens, incidentally, breaks down cell walls in the plants to release nutrients. This simple recipe offers a flavorful way for you to incorporate this powerful longevity food into your daily diet.
1 sweet onion (like Vidalia), thinly sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 pounds greens (spinach, Swiss chard, or beet greens), washed
Salt and pepper (optional)
In a large pan, sauté the onion in olive oil for 5 minutes, or until translucent.
Add all the greens; cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until cooked and brightly colored.
Add a couple tablespoons of water, as needed, to steam.
Remove from heat and chop.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or cold.
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