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Superfoods Friday ~ Collard Greens

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Superfoods Friday

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I have decided to combine the Friday Foodie Feature with SuperFoods for Seniors and I do hope that you like the change. Each week in addition to listing several Superfoods with information on how they help us stay healthy, one will also be featured in a recipe.

This week’s Superfood Friday Feature is

Collard Greens

Superfood Collard Greens

Before Kale became a popular Superfood, Collards were the better known green vital for bone health. My grandmother was born and raised in the south, Canton, North Carolina to be exact, so you know that we always had a big pot of greens on the stove every Sunday and holiday.

A tradition that I still have in my home to this day, thankfully they are pretty clean before being sold, so preparing them is uber easy. We don’t eat pork and most people no longer cook them in pieces of unhealthy Salt Pork, so instead I’ve used Smoked Turkey necks or wings.

I have since stopped adding any kind of meat so now I just cook them in a pot of water, with a little olive oil, vinegar, onions, garlic and a some seasoning sprinkled in.

collard, onion, garlic, olive oil and seasoning

Glory Foods also sells greens in a bag and they are just as healthy but I wanted fresh even though these looked like the bugs got to them, they were still good!  

Start a large pot of water, more than enough to cover the collards, I don’t measure, so I just pour in some olive oil and Apple Cider vinegar. Chop up an onion and a few bulbs of garlic, which can either be fresh or garlic in a jar sold at Dollar Tree.  You can also sprinkle in a little white sugar to cut down on the bitterness of the greens.

preparing collard greens

These greens were not gritty with dirt, but I still washed them before cooking as you should with any produce.  You can also add baking soda to the water if you wish.

preparing collard greens

After washing, remove the stems then layer a few of the leaves together.

preparing collard greens

Roll the leaves like a Cuban Cigar and cut into pieces, the size is your preference.

preparing collard greens

The water should be boiling now, so put in the collards, onions and garlic, cover and boil for several hours or until tender.

preparing collard greens

Kitchen Tip: Don’t throw away the water after the greens have cooked, this “pot liquor” is very healthy so bottle and refrigerate to use as a broth or tea.

Collard-Greens-vs-Kale

The Green leafy Superfoods

  • Having a diet high in green leafy vegetables you will have a far lower risk of heart disease and cancer
  • Fresh raw green leafy vegetables contain high doses of chlorophyll, which is an easily digestible proteins, enzymes and they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals
  • Leafy greens act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys. Boil some parsley in water, refrigerate, then drink an 8 oz glass of it daily and you will notice a change in your urine.

    Which of these green leafy Superfoods are your favorite and how would you prepare them?

    Spinach, Dandelion Greens, Kale, Watercress, Parsley, Lettuce, Endive, Chicory, Broccoli Sprouts and Mustard Sprouts

  • Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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20 Comments

  • Oh yes yes yes! Don’t forget a pinch or two of sugar if the greens happen to be a tad bitter. My sister taught me to use smoked turkey parts to add to the pot for seasoning instead of the traditional smoked ham hock. This and some hot cornbread? Swoon……..

  • I love collard greens, but seldom buy them since my husband doesn’t care for them. I was raised on these, as my mom and grandmother also came from the south. Today, I would just steam them and would add a teaspoon of banana wax pepper juice before eating. Sounds different, but it is delicious!
    Thanks for bringing back good memories of my mom and grandma!

  • Sonya K says:

    I love greens too. I just planted some Collard Greens in my garden box this week. I’m hoping they grow. This is my first attempt at growing Collard greens.

  • I’m personally a huge fan of Kale. I love to use it in salads and smoothies.
    Happy Friday doll.

  • Yes, love collard greens with cornbread! And, your photos look great!
    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

  • FreeUrCloset says:

    WOW, fabulous recipe and we never knew that collard greens beat out Kale in nutrients! We love kale, and eat it once a week by boiling it with a cubed potato. Once cooked and drained, we add olive oil and season with salt and pepper, but we can’t wait to try your recipe. Also, we don’t throw out the stems, we separate them and they go in the boiling water first, for about 20 minutes (together with small potato cubes), and then we add the leafy greens to the pot. Thank you for sharing your fab recipes with us. Your pictures came out great too!

    XOXO N&N

    • DeDivahDeals says:

      Thank you sweet lady, I love boiling kale as well but never thought about doing it with a cubed potato, going to try that tomorrow, maybe even with a cubed sweet potato for more nutrients. I am trying to break into the vlogging world and just downloaded two more videos, take a look-see and let me know. Having a wonderful Saturday and wishing the same for you guys!

  • Thanks for sharing this. I am from the Caribbean and we don’t really cook collard greens there, so I have never really learned how to make it. This seems to be super simple and easy. Maybe it might grace the tables for Thanksgiving this year.

    Thrifting Diva
    http://www.thriftingdiva.com

  • craftysorcha says:

    I think in French blettes are somewhat similar to collard greens, in my OH’s region, they cook them, chop them up very finely, and mix them with minced pork and herbs, and make them into a round shape, they are called “caillettes” (it means little stones) and they are delicious! (but not as healthy as your recipe!)

  • staciebra says:

    Collard Greens are my fave! It’s been a while since I made them, but now that the weather is cooler, I’ll probably make a batch.

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