Garlicky Greens

Garlicky Greens

Treat this recipe as a template for microwaving greens: oil + aromatic (garlic, ginger, shallot, onion) + heat = a foolproof and delicious way to enjoy your vegetables. Choose your own adventure with any green you have on hand, and add a squeeze of lemon or pinch of spice before serving.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

3 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

to do a handstand


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp chili flakes, optional
  • 1 bunch swiss chard or kale (between 100-150g), tough center and stem removed and cut into ribbons, rinsed
  • Lemon juice, to taste


  1. Add the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes into the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add greens, packing them tightly into the dish — they will shrink as they cook! Cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until the greens are tender and bright green.
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the greens to taste.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add some lemon zest at the end for a bright flavor.
  • Sprinkle some freshly grated nutmeg on top for an aromatic twist.
  • Top with some chili crisp for a spicy kick and a slight crunch.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.