Collard Greens

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Photo courtesy: Rachel Durrent

Photo courtesy: Rachel Durrent

Collard greens are a quintessential southern food. Unlike most foods made popular by the South, collards greens are good for you. One serving of collards contains various cancer-fighting phytochemicals, twice the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C, and four times the RDA for vitamin K. If you’re not impressed yet, you tough customer you, collards are also high in B vitamins, iron and calcium. Forget vitamins, take two collards and call me in the morning!!

Collards Greens

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Stemming collards. Photo courtesy: Rachel Durrent

Stemming collards. Photo courtesy: Rachel Durrent

Ingredients:

½ lb bacon, roughly chopped

½ large sweet onion, chopped

1 ½ tsp crushed red pepper

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 bunches collard greens (about 6 cups), rinsed, stemmed, and roughly chopped

2 cups low-sodium low-fat chicken stock, with one cup extra on hand

Sea salt, to taste

Directions

Sauté the bacon, onions, and pepper flakes in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Heat until onions become translucent and bacon begins to brown.  Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add collards, chicken stock, and salt to taste, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, up to two hours.

Collards and black-eyed peas, a New Year's tradition. Photo courtesy: Rachel Durrent

Collards and black-eyed peas, a New Year’s tradition. Photo courtesy: Rachel Durrent

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup

Amount per Serving

Calories                        72

Total Fat                        4.4g

Sat fat                        2.4g

Trans fat                        0g

Cholesterol                        18mg

Carbohydrate                        9g

Sugar                        1g

Fiber                                    5g

Protein                        4.7g

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