Braised Greens with Lemon & Fennel (Yahnera)


These healthy braised greens are a flavorful side to add to your plate. If you prefer, instead of the croutons, you can add potatoes to the pan with the leeks, onions and fennel and cook for about 10 minutes before adding the greens.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided, plus more for garnish

  • 2 large leeks, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed well

  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped

  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced

  • 1 large fennel bulb, coarsely chopped, plus 2/3 cup chopped fennel fronds or fresh dill, divided

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed

  • 2 pounds mixed greens, such as spinach, sorrel and/or chard, stems trimmed and coarsely chopped

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 cups cubed whole-wheat bread

  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  1. Heat 1/3 cup oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Add onions, scallions, fennel bulb and fennel seeds; stir to coat with the oil. Add greens and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in water, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the greens are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. (If the sauce is too watery, cook for 2 to 4 minutes over high heat to reduce it.)

  2. Meanwhile, position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Spread bread on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Broil, stirring once, until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Stir 1/3 cup fennel fronds (or dill) and lemon juice into the greens; cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Serve topped with the remaining 1/3 cup fennel fronds (or dill), the croutons and more oil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
14g Fat
19g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 11%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 9497IU 190%
Vitamin C 45mg 50%
Folate 154mcg 38%
Sodium 386mg 17%
Calcium 149mg 11%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 118mg 28%
Potassium 790mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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