Greens--beet greens, collards, kale, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard--make a delicious side dish for many winter meals. Cook the greens as directed in EatingWell's "Greens Primer" on page 63 of the Winter issue.

Marie Simmons
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2003


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  • To make a simple side dish of greens, cook a pound of greens (beet greens, collards, kale, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard) in lightly salted water just until wilted, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain; press with the back of a spoon to release excess moisture. Heat some olive oil and thinly sliced garlic in a skillet over low heat until the garlic begins to sizzle. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until the garlic is tender and light golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add greens and toss with the hot oil until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with a splash of lemon juice or vinegar (cider vinegar, wine vinegar or balsamic), and salt and pepper to taste.


Nutrition Facts

47.9 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 5.5g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2.7g 11% DV; sugars 0.6g; fat 2.5g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 6794.4IU 136% DV; vitamin c 23mg 38% DV; folate 12.8mcg 3% DV; calcium 104.4mg 10% DV; iron 1.7mg 10% DV; magnesium 60.9mg 22% DV; potassium 814.4mg 23% DV; sodium 358.8mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 11% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
There's absolutely no need to boil the greens first. I remove the thicker hard stems from the collards especially then stir-fry with garlic and pepper flakes just long enough to wilt all the greens. More flavorful and more nutritious too! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Interesting Greens were bitter but that might not be the recipe's fault. I added maple infused balsamic vinegar and that helped. I think I'll try doing this with spinach which doesn't have the bitter taste. Pros: Healthy no animal fat is used to flavor Cons: Greens are bitter Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I cook my greens this way but I do not pre-cook them. I like the taste of the slightly browned greens. Read More