I’ve been talking this week about using food as medicine so I thought it only appropriate to share with you one of my favorite local wild edibles, Chenopodium album or Lambsquarter (aka; Goosefoot, fat hen or pigweed). Each year I grow a garden and I plant all kinds of edible greens such as Collard, Turnip and Mustard. However, one of the wonderful things about gardening in Florida is that some edibles you don’t even have to plant, they just volunteer.
Lambsquarter grows everywhere in my area and especially in my garden. I never pull it up when I am weeding because I use it just like I would any of my other greens. The leaves of this plant have a very mild taste and are a complete protein. One ounce of Lambsquarter leaves contain 67% of your daily value of Vitamin A, 37% of Vitamin C and a host of other trace minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy . This brings us back to the topic of food as medicine. By eating foods that are high in vitamins and minerals we are nourishing our bodies, keeping our immune system strong and potentially warding off future diseases…that I would say is food as medicine.
Because of its mild taste Lambsquarter can be eaten raw in salads or added to omlets, quiches, fritatas or any other recipe where you might add greens. If you really want to pump up the nutritional and medicinal value you can cook your Lambsquarters along with garlic, onions and other herbs and spices.
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove of chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup of fresh chopped Lambsquarter leaves
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Sautee onion, garlic and peppers in a pan with olive oil until tender. Add the Lambsquarter leaves and cook until slightly wilted. Combine beaten eggs and milk and add to the pan along with remaining ingreadients. Cook for 7-10 minutes over the burner until firm. May place under broiler for a minute to finish cooking the top.
Additional notes: This is just a basic recipe that you can use as a foundation. Additional herbs and vegetables can be added to suit your taste. ENJOY!!