Collard Greens

 

My favorite way to eat them….fried up in coconut oil!

Collard Greens
Serving Size: 1 cup


Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 10  
Calories from Fat 0g  
Total Fat 0g 0%
  Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
  Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  Sugars 0g  
Protein 1g  
Vitamin A  50%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 6%
Iron 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Collard greens are packed with nutrition.  As other vegetables in the cabbage family,
collard greens provide anticancer properties.  They offer an excellent source of
vitamins B6 and C, carotenes, chlorophyll, and manganese.  One cup of collard greens
provides more than 70 percent of the RDA for vitamin C.  Collard greens are also a
very good source of fiber, and several minerals, including iron, copper, and calcium.  
They also offer a good source of vitamins B1, B2, and E.  

Tips for Preparing Collard Greens

 

Collard greens should be washed very well since the leaves and stems tend to collect sand and soil. Before washing, trim off the roots and separate the leaves. Place the collard greens in a large bowl of tepid water and swish them around with your hands, as this will allow the sand to become dislodged. Remove the leaves from the water, empty the bowl, refill with clean water, and repeat this process until no dirt remains in the water (usually two to three times will do the trick).

If your recipe calls for leaves only or if the stems are overly thick, they can be easily removed. Just take each leaf in hand, fold it in half lengthwise, hold the folded leaves near the base where they meet the stalk, and with the other hand, gently pull on the stem. You can also use a knife to separate the leaves from the stems.

A Few Quick Serving Ideas:

 

Drizzle cooked collard greens with olive oil and lemon juice.Serve steamed collard greens with black-eyed peas and brown rice for a Southern inspired meal.Use lightly steamed, cooled and chopped collard greens as a filling in your sushi vegetable rolls.Healthy sauté collard greens with tofu, garlic and crushed chili peppers for a meal that will definitely add spice to your life.

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Do you like collard greens?  Ever tried them?

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10 Comments

  1. LOVe collard greens and also mustard greens i buy the big precut and prewashed bag from Trader joes, so easy to sautee up or throw in soups!

  2. ooo love this! I’ve never tried collard greens. Might have to very soon!

  3. Never tried them…do they taste like spinach?

    • Kind of, maybe a little zippier. They are good regardless 🙂

  4. That is a great way to prepare them. I got my coconut oil from your Open Sky Store yesterday. SO EXCITED!!! Thanks for the great promotion.

    • Yippee! I love that coconut oil and it was a great deal! I just saw a 12oz jar at the store for $11!!

  5. I love collard greens. Remind me of good old soouthern cookin. But your version is much healthier and BETTER!! I’ll have to whip some up soon.
    LC

  6. Thanks for your post and ideas of what you might do with these goodies

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