Has the looming kale shortage got you down? Here are some collard green recipe ideas to help you discover your new favorite dark-and-leafy.
Even if we manage to dodge the kale shortage here in the U.S., collard greens are worth a try. Collard greens actually beat kale in a lot of important nutrients, including manganese, protein, and vitamin B3. A cup of cooked collards provides:
- 4g protein
- 5g fiber
- 308 percent of your vitamin A for the day
- 12 percent of your daily iron requirement
- 27 percent of your daily calcium
Seriously, collards beat kale all over the place. Check out this infographic comparing the nutrients in collard greens with the nutrients in kale. I knew that collards were nutritious, but compiling this still surprised me!
Not too shabby for what’s usually considered just a side dish! Ready to give collards a go? We’ve got a bunch of collard green recipe ideas to get you started!
6 Collard Green Recipes
1. Braised Collards – Braising is perfect for slightly-tough collard greens, leaving them tender but not mushy.
2. Raw Collard Greens Salad – Did you know that you can make a massaged salad using collards instead of kale? It’s just as delicious!
3. Potatoes and Collard Greens with Vegan Sausage – Store-bought vegan sausage adds a nice smoky flavor to this filling one-dish meal.
4. Creamy Grits with Garlicky Collards – This collard green recipe would work well for brunch, lunch, or even supper.
5. Classic Slow Cooker Collards – Who says you need hamhocks to make a melt-in-your-mouth collard green recipe? Hint: not Chocolate Covered Katie!
6. Sauteed Collard Greens – Toss those collards in the pan with plenty of garlic for a quick, tasty side dish.
Got your own favorite collard green recipe? Share your tips for cooking collards in the comments!
Collard Green Salad Recipe photo by Becky Striepe