My favorite way to eat them….fried up in coconut oil!
|Serving Size: 1 cup
* 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.
Do you like collard greens? Ever tried them?