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Super Easy Steamed Spring Greens with lemon and fresh pastured butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 large pile of baby spinach or kale or other baby greens (about 16 ounces)
  • 2 good sized fist fulls of dandelion leaves
  • 6 to 8 good sized 10 inches or taller young swiss chard leaves
  • 6 to 8 good sized 8 inches or taller young kale leaves
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 pats unsalted pastured butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Zest half the lemon and cut it into four wedges. Set the wedges and zest on a small plate on the table to sprinkle on the greens when served.
  2. Wash and shake out the greens, until they are clean. Partially esteem to remove any thick or tough stems or parts of stems.

Prepare your steamer:

  1. Set a medium large covered saucepan on the stove on high heat with about one inch of filtered water and a steamer basket in it, or, put on a kettle of water to boil and set up your saucepan with steamer basket and leave it off the heat.
  2. Roughly chop the greens and place them in a ring around the steamer basket. Completely over-fill the basket as they will shrink dramatically when steamed.
  3. If adding greens to a pot of boiling water with the steamer basket in it, just use tongs and fill and keep filling the basket until the greens are all in, then put the lid back on and let steam for 3 minutes. If you're using the kettle, pre-fill the steamer basket by adding and just pressing the greens in until they are all fitting under the lid. When the kettle boils, lift the lid and pour the boiling water over the greens until there is about one inch of water in the pot, or to just below the bottom of the steamer basket, and place the pot on high heat, cover and steam for another minute or two.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and leave it covered until all the other parts of the meal are served on the plates. Then serve the greens and place a pat of fresh pastured butter in the middle of each serving, covering it over with the hot greens so it melts right away. Serve at once and sprinkle with zest, squirt with lemon juice, and eat. Add salt and pepper if desired.