Veggie Unearthed: Collard Greens
Collards are a member of the Brassica family, closely related to cabbages. In fact, collards can be classified as a cabbage that doesn’t form a head. However, the leaves don’t have the usual cabbage-y flavor. Instead, they take on the flavors of the liquid you cook them in. Like most leafy dark greens, they are a champ in the nutrition department with very low calories, no cholesterol and good amounts of dietary fiber and vitamins like A, K, calcium and folate.
The rich flavor of bacon or ham is a lovely complement to the glorious greens, but there are sneaky low-fat ways to bring taste to the party. Try low-fat real bacon bits if you’re braising. Sweat an onion in minimal oil or butter then add your greens and a bit of low-sodium chicken stock until the leaves are wilted. A few minutes before you’re ready to serve, sprinkle that bacony goodness and you’re ready to rumble. Another fine alternative to salt pork, bacon or fatback is Bacon Salt. We don’t usually recommend a specific product but this zero calorie, zero fat, vegan and kosher alternative to pork is a revelation in greens preparation!
We always recommend storing any leafy green veggies in a your salad spinner. And if you do not have one, the next best things is a plastic bag or plastic/glass container large enough to hold them. Place the collards head down in a plastic grocery bag and wrap the handles around the stems, they could last for over a week. Of course, the sooner the better and always wait to wash greens until right before you’re ready to cook. Greens can be gritty, so be sure to completely submerge, swish and drain at least three times to insure no unwanted dirt gets onto your plate!
Collard Greens Recipes
- Sauteed Collard Greens
- Kickin’ Collard Greens
- Collard Rolls in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
- Gumbo Z-Herbes
- Vegan Southern Collard Greens
- Braised Collards with Tomatoes
- Collard Slaw
- Pasta with Cauliflower & Collards
- Collards Stuffed with Red Beans & Rice
- Minestrone with Collard Greens & White Beans
- Mean Green Collard Terrine
- Easy Stewed Collard Greens
- Polenta Al Forno with Collard Greens, Cheddar & Ricotta
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!