Collard Greens

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If you are from the South then I don’t need to introduce you to this southern food staple.  But if you’re not.... then let me tell you how yummy this green leaf can be if cooked just right. All Southerners have their own version of how to make Collard Greens and I’m not going to tell you mine is the best, especially since I’ve had my fair share of some amazing Greens. All I’m telling you is that I have had some of the finest southern folks ask me how I make my Greens. 

So here’s my version of Homemade Collard Greens. Oh... and if just looking at this bowl of yumminess doesn’t make you want to eat them ... then take a look at how good they are for you! 

Excerpt taken from:

www.naturalfoodseries.com

Collard Greens health benefits includes detoxifying the body, supplying needed nutrients, preventing cancer, strengthening bone, supporting digestion, preventing anemia, lowering cholesterol level and supporting hair growth. Other benefits includes slowing down aging process, managing diabetes and improving mood.

So let’s do this!

I purchased locally grown Collard Greens from a local Market. You can also find bags of    them in the grocery store already cut up, but make sure they are Organic or locally grown if possible .

Printable Recipe HERE

 Here are Step by Step Instructions

Start with 15-20 Leaves of Collard Greens.

Start with 15-20 Leaves of Collard Greens.

Break the stems off of each leaf and discard. 

Break the stems off of each leaf and discard. 

Stack 7-8 leaves on top of each other.

Stack 7-8 leaves on top of each other.

Roll up the leaves to make it easier to cut.

Roll up the leaves to make it easier to cut.

Cut in 2-3 inch pieces. 

Cut in 2-3 inch pieces. 

Cut lengthwise down the middle.

Cut lengthwise down the middle.

Rinse Collards 3-4 times in water to remove any sand. 

Rinse Collards 3-4 times in water to remove any sand. 

Place Rinsed collard greens in large pot and add in 3 Slices of chopped Bacon and 32 ounces Organic Chicken Broth or better yet...use homemade.

Place Rinsed collard greens in large pot and add in 3 Slices of chopped Bacon and 32 ounces Organic Chicken Broth or better yet...use homemade.

Add enough water to almost cover the Greens.

Add enough water to almost cover the Greens.

Cook on medium heat with lid off for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Cook on medium heat with lid off for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

After 4o minutes and while Collards are still on Stove, Add 2 teaspoons Salt, 1/2 teaspooon Pepper, 3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar, 2 - 3 Tablespoons Honey, Continue cooking for an additional 20-25 minutes. 

After 4o minutes and while Collards are still on Stove, Add 2 teaspoons Salt, 1/2 teaspooon Pepper, 3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar, 2 - 3 Tablespoons Honey, Continue cooking for an additional 20-25 minutes. 

5 minutes before Cooking time is up, Add an additional 1/2 teaspoon Pepper and 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Salt. 

5 minutes before Cooking time is up, Add an additional 1/2 teaspoon Pepper and 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Salt. 

Serve warm with Red Wine Vinegar on the side (optional).

Serve warm with Red Wine Vinegar on the side (optional).

Printable Recipe HERE 


Homemade Collard Greens

Ready in 60 minutes

Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • Mess of Collards (I used 15-20 medium leaves)

  • 32 Oz. Container of Organic Chicken Broth or use homemade Chicken Broth

  • 3 strips of Bacon Chopped

  • 2 teaspoons Salt (I use Sea Salt)

  • ½ teaspoon Pepper

  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Red Wine Vinegar

  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey

Preparation

  1. Place Chopped collards in a large pan and pour in Chicken Broth. Add water til Collards are almost covered.

  2. Add in Bacon and cook on medium heat for 40 minutes , stirring occasionally.

  3. Leave on stove and add in remaining ingredients and cook an additional 20-25 minutes on medium heat.

  4. The last 5 minutes of cooking time, add in ½-1 teaspoon of salt and an additional ½ teaspoon of pepper.

  5. Serve in a bowl with red wine vinegar on the side (optional).

Tips

I prefer to use locally grown Collard Greens and chop and prepare them myself (How to Here).

If you cannot find locally grown then try to find organic Collards.

You can also purchase Collard Greens already chopped in a bag, just try to get Organic if possible.

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