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Mustard Greens and Thanksgiving Leftovers

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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today: Why you should keep mustard greens on hand for you next week's desk lunches. 

Not Sad Desk Lunch

If I were a mustard green, I would have a chip on my shoulder.

Bandwagon hoppers and salad masseuses choose kale over mustards probably thousands of times every day. But mustards are spunky when kale is mild; it sits there on the middle of your tongue and yells "hello I am a leafy vegetable that tastes like Grey Poupon!!!" and it's got so much joie de vivre that it doesn't need any hoop-la in its dressing or saucing.

For this reason, you should keep some mustard greens around this week. You're going to have leftovers to eat -- roasted squash (see above), stuffing, a gratin, or some sort of bird. Next to a salad, they'll feel a little more civilized; unlike a sandwich, it's a meal not very likely to put you to sleep. The brightness of the greens will balance out heavy, savory, luscious things. Which means there's more room for pie.

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

Tags: Mustard Greens, Lunch, Back to School, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Holiday, Not Sad Desk Lunch, Holiday Entertaining