Are you looking for healthy collard greens recipes?
I've cooked other greens including Swiss chard, spinach and kale, but collards were also new to me, so I turned once again to one of my favorite recipe books, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, looking for healthy collard greens recipes.
Tuns out that cooking collards, is much like cooking any other greens 🙂
I modified the recipe a bit, cutting back on the amount of fat and using a combination of olive oil and butter instead of all butter. Everyone loved them.
Even if they don't make you wealthy, it's a good idea to include more collard greens in your diet. They're rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. They have almost no calories so they're great diet food. And they've been shown to lower cholesterol and prevent cancer. For everything you ever wanted to know about collard greens nutrition from The World's Healthiest Foods.
Collard greens make a delicious simple side dish. (They shrink a lot when cooked so plan on allowing at least 1 pound of greens for each 2 servings.) They're also great in soups or when combined with potatoes, pasta or beans. And they're at their peak from January through March or April, so eat up while they're in season.
And since I'm a big believer in more is better when it comes to recipes, I've gathered several more healthy collard greens recipes from around the web and calculated their PointsPlus values for easy reference. Enjoy!
Vegetarian Braised Collard Greens Recipe
- 4 bunches collard greens washed with long stems and tough ribs removed
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Pepper sauce
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a tablespoon of salt. Plunge the greens into the pot and cook them for 10 minutes. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water and remove the greens to a bowl.
- In a wide skillet set over medium heat, cook the butter, olive oil, onion, garlic and pepper flakes, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft and garlic lightly golden.
- Add the greens, the reserved cooking water and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Taste and add more salt if necessary.
- Serve with the pepper sauce on the side.
*PointsPlus® for these healthy collard greens recipes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
More Healthy Collard Greens Recipes
Collard Green & Black Eyed Pea Soup - a simple healthy soup topped with garlic cheese toasts. Each serving has 192 calories and 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value found at Eating Well.
Quick Southern Style Collard Greens - with onion, garlic, bacon and vinegar. Each serving has 2 PointsPlus value. Found at Weight Watchers.
Sauteed Collard Greens with Bacon - Collard greens sliced thin sauteed with bacon, garlic and oil. A perfect side dish for Brazilian black beans or black eyed peas with ham. Each serving has 2 Points+ value found at Skinny Taste.
Slow Braised Collard Greens - a basic Southern preparation for greens that would work well with turnip or mustard greens, too with 60 calories and 1 WW Points+ from Cooking Light found at MyRecipes.
Vegetarian Southern Style Collard Greens - braised with onion, garlic, vegetable stock and tomatoes found at The Food Network
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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