In our yard there were plenty of weeds that grew without any help at all. Of course, we never thought about eating them, until we started the Keto diet. On the Keto diet, one must have plenty of fresh greens. So, one weed we began to add to our green salads was dandelions. The dandelion plant used to be considered and still is by many, an herb. Dandelion greens are high in iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, K, and B2, along with other vitamins and minerals. The dandelion had been used for medicine. It is believed that the dandelion can help against cancer, inflammation, and the immune system. More importantly, it’s a weed that grows without any help.
Dad would just go out into the yard and pick the leaves. He used this simple recipe online, much like one would cook kale. He would soak them in a large bowl of cold water with 1 teaspoon of salt for 10 minutes and then drain. He would bring a large pot of water to a boil with a teaspoon of salt. Dad cooked the greens until tender for about 3 to 4 minutes.

Now, Dad didn’t always cook them. Sometimes, he would toss the leaves onto of a fresh garden salad.
As for myself, I’ve tried them two different ways. One as a detox smoothie and the other as a pesto.

The Detox Smoothie with Dandelion Leaves (makes 48 ounces)
Ingredients: half bunch of dandelion greens, half bunch of cilantro, 2 celery stalks, 2 apples, 1 avocado, 1 small seedless cucumber, 1 ginger (chopped), 1 to 1 ½ cups of coconut water and the juice of 1 lemon.
Instructions: Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix until combined. YUM!
For more inexpensive, but highly nutritional juice recipes, check out this book, “Juice and Smoothie Recipes,” from Bob Hannum, the juicing expert from

Dandelion Pesto (serves 10)
Ingredients: 3 cups of dandelion leaves, ¾ cup of olive oil, 3 cloves garlic (peeled), ½ cup of walnuts (lightly toasted), 1 teaspoon sea salt, ½ cup raw parmesan cheese, zest of lemon and juice of half a lemon
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor or simply blend until creamy and smooth.
Of course, the dandelion leaves are not the only part of this weed that can be eaten. Its flowers are sweet and crunchy, and be eaten raw, or breaded and fried, or even used to make dandelion syrup or wine.
The root of the dandelion can be dried and roasted and used as a coffee substitute, or added to added to any recipe that calls for root vegetables.
Another weed found in most garden beds, lawns, and shady areas is the purslane. This little weed often goes unnoticed, but what a powerhouse of nutrition it offers. It is outrageously rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s a great addition to a salad or stir-fry, or used to thicken soups or stews. Purslane is rather tasty with its crispy texture. It’s leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked to add a peppery flavor to any dish.

Be sure to check out, “Lost Book of Remedies,” which contains several pictures to help one identify the weed or plant. The book goes into depth about hundreds of healing plants, including weeds. It’s must-need for ALL wanting to find a way to either cut-back on pharmaceutical drugs or high medical expenses. Wouldn’t it be amazing that every plant or weed that grows in your yard offers food at your table along with providing medicinal remedies?

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. As with any suggestion concerning food or medicine, speak with a notable professional to learn more.

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