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Collard Greens: My Favorite Green!


Why I Love Collard Greens

Whenever my mom wanted me out of her hair in the kitchen, she would whip up some collard greens for me to munch on and not ruin my dinner.

I loved that so much! 

I would sit at the kitchen table, wrap the greens around my fork like pasta, and pretend I was a dinosaur from The Land Before Time

I was pretty picky about any food that wasn't meat or mangos, so my love for collard greens as a child was genuine. 

I love collard greens so much, and I want you to try them on for size too! 

Nutrients Found in 1 cup of Collard Greens 

Vitamin A: 35% of your daily value 

Vitamin C: 20% of your daily value

Calcium: 8% of your daily value

Potassium: 77mg

Folate: 46mcg

Collard Greens: Where You Can Find Them

Collard greens are large leafy greens with thick stems that at first glance don't look like something that's edible. 

Fresh

You can find them in the produce section in bunches or in pre-shredded and pre-washed packages.

I prefer to buy them in the pre-shredded and pre-washed packages because I get more for my money! But if you aren't committed to eating an entire bag of collard greens, stick to the bunches! 

Frozen

These are pre-steamed collard greens. You get more for your money, but they lose the desired crunchy texture. 

Culinary Purposes

Collard Greens have a thick texture that is hard to get through raw. I would not suggest putting collard greens in your green smoothies as it will toughen it up and make it hard to get through. 

Collards have a nice buttery/nutty flavor to them that goes great with garlic, salt, meat, eggs, rice, pasta, etc

Steaming and stir-frying are the best methods to prepare these wonderful greens.

Some people like to cook them until they are completely wilted. I like to cook them until they take on a very bright green color, then quickly remove them from the heat source. This gives them a nice crunch, and any slimy feeling of the greens is avoided.

Just follow the recipe below to give collard greens a shot!  

Simple Stir-fried Collard Greens

Serves 1

Cook time: 5-8 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of 1/2 inch thick shredded collard greens
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the oil before smoking point.

2. Add garlic and italian seasoning to the pan, and cook until garlic is golden brown. DO NOT overcook the garlic (yuck).

3. Throw in the collard greens, tossing them until evenly covered with oil. When they take on a bright green hue, remove them from the pan. 

4. Sprinkle desired amount of salt over your collard greens, and enjoy! 

Options for enjoyment: 

Throw into your bowl of rice, serve as a bed for a fried egg, add to your white sauce pasta, or serve along side baked salmon. 

Do you like collard greens? What are some ways that you enjoy preparing them? Share below! 

 

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