Friday, July 1, 2011

Lamb's Quarters...compost or cook?

Lamb's Quarters - a weed I have been plucking from my gardens for as long as I can remember. This week, I heard that Lamb's Quarters are edible, and very, very GOOD for you. I saw a few reviews online and decided that I would let a patch in my garden grow and, if I was brave enough, I would TRY some.

Well today was the day! I went out and picked a basket full. It felt kind of grainy and it had a powdery coating on the leaves.
I carefully picked the leaves off the stalks, and then washed them. I didn't want to find any bugs later on...that would be a real turn I washed them REALLY well. The white film washed off too.
I must admit, I really didn't know what to do with them at first. I had read that you could use them the same way as Spinach, so I cooked them with a bit of olive oil and lots of garlic.
They shrank a LOT! 
It tasted a lot like spinach and I liked it. I just wanted to do more!
Then I thought about the zucchini I had picked from the garden this morning.
I decided to make zucchini boats and stuff them with the Lamb's Quarters and other stuff. I cut them in half and microwaved for 5 minutes. Then I scooped out the seeds.
In a bowl, I mixed the cooked greens, onion, diced fresh tomato, fresh garden basil and a bit of Romono Cheese and stuffed it back into the zucchini.
Then I topped it all with grated cheese. I was out of Mozzarella so I used Cheddar.
Then I put it all under the broiler until the cheese was melted.
(I forgot to get an 'after' photo - I just couldn't wait to sink my teeth into them!)
And to think that I ate a WEED with my dinner!
I'd do it again too!

EDITED TO ADD-if you plan on eating the weeds out of your yard, it is VERY important that you correctly identify them. For more info on identifying Lamb's quarters, click here.


  1. It's great to learn the name of that weed that seems to pop up everywhere in the garden. Thanks for all the great info.

  2. I forgot to add .. have you been to Blotanical? It's a great gardening community where you can meet many more bloggers from Canada and around the world.

  3. I have this stuff growing like crazy in my lawn in the backyard. I've been pulling it for the compost heap. Might have to try some for dinner. I have the worst soil you could imagine as well. 2 inches of grass and nothing but sand underneath