3 Great Recipes To Make With Collard Greens

Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 28, 2015
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If you keep up with the latest health food news, you may have heard that collard greens are the next best thing since kale. These leaves are packed with all sorts of beneficial nutrients, like vitamins A, K and C, as well as calcium, iron and magnesium. If you want to incorporate some collard greens into your diet, here are three easy recipes that use the latest and greatest superfood.

Benefits of collard greens
All people should try to optimize their nutrient intake, but it's especially important for seniors. Medical News Today noted that collard greens have been linked to a number of potential benefits that can help to keep you healthy as you age. A single cup of these leaves provides 100 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, which can help keep your bones strong and prevent fractures. Collard greens also contain optimal levels of fiber, which promotes digestive tract health.

1. Sauteed collard greens with raisins and almonds
This recipe makes a great side for a chicken or beef entree, or it can be tossed with a bowl of pasta for a unique meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. collard greens
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions
Begin by washing your greens and removing the stalks. Slice the leaves into thin pieces. Next, warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in collard greens, raisins and garlic, then saute for six to 10 minutes, tossing occasionally. Remove from heat, then stir in seasonings and vinegar. Serve with toasted almonds on top.

2. Kale and collards salad
A salad of kale and collard greens is a great way to get your daily dose of nutrients. This recipe calls for a number of other fresh fruits and vegetables, but feel free to include any other ingredients you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. fresh collard greens
  • 8 oz. kale
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 4 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 6 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions
Remove the stalks from all the greens, then cut the leaves into 1/4-inch slices. Toss together all the ingredients, then divvy up into serving dishes. Coat with your favorite dressing - a lemon-garlic recipe works great - and enjoy!

3. Simple garlic collard greens
If you're pinched for time, this quick and easy recipe is perfect. It's flavorful and goes alongside just about any main dish, so whip it up next time you're entertaining friends from your retirement community.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 lb. collard greens, stems removed and leaves sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions
Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in garlic, and cook for three minutes, or until golden brown. Stir in greens, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add water to the skillet. Cover and let the vegetable steam for 10 minutes or until all water has evaporated. Serve warm!