If you can’t think of anything for dinner, look in your backyard.  These weeds are edible, but do your research and properly identify them (and make sure you or the neighbor’s dog haven’t sprayed them with something) before you put them on your plate.  A tip: don’t try these if you are prone to allergies.

♦ Dandelion.  Add the leaves, which contain vitamins A, C and K, to soup.  The leaves are more tender and less bitter if you eat them before they flower.

♦ Plantain (the weed, not the banana).  Blanche the leaves and sauté with butter and garlic. You also can crush them and use on insect bites.

♦ Stinging nettles.  You must steam or boil these to get rid of the nettles, but they are said to make a nutritious tea.

♦ Purslane.  Eat the young stems and leaves in salads or sandwiches or use them in recipes that call for spinach (the taste is similar).   Purslane contains antioxidant vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.

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