Braised Greens with Vinegar and Sesame Seeds

beet greens


  • 1/4 cup flavored vinegar (such as wine vinegar or raspberry vinegar)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound beet greens, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Heat vinegar and garlic in saucepan.
  2. Add greens and cook until wilted.
  3. Add water, cover and simmer two minutes. Add more water as necessary to prevent sticking.
  4. Uncover and cook until remaining liquid evaporates.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and cayenne pepper.

If desired, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil before serving to boost calories and add flavor.


2 servings


Ghosh, Kris. Betty Crocker's Living with Cancer Cookbook, 2002.

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