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Healthy Collard Greens Recipes

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Pasta with Greens & Tomato Sauce

This homey pasta dish uses pancetta (Italian bacon) in the tomato sauce, but for vegetarians it can be easily omitted. The collards and Parmesan elevate the calcium count to rival a cup of milk.

» Pasta with Greens & Tomato Sauce

Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale & Rice

You can vary the filling by substituting robust mustard greens or collards, or milder greens, such as spinach, escarole or Swiss chard. (Cook the greens until just tender in Step 2.)

» Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale & Rice

Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious soup. There's no need for loads of ham or salt pork—just a small amount of bacon gives it a wonderful smoky flavor. You can skip the bacon and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth for a great vegetarian dish.

» Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup

BBQ Baked Beans & Sausage

Here we turn baked beans into an easy main dish by adding chicken sausage and collard greens. Serve with: Coleslaw and cornbread.

» BBQ Baked Beans & Sausage

Quick Pepperpot Soup

Jamaican pepperpot soup is usually a long-simmered preparation made with tough cuts of meat and vegetables. This version uses quick-cooking sirloin instead to get it on the table fast. If you’re not a fan of beef, try the soup with shrimp instead.

» Quick Pepperpot Soup

Grits & Greens Casserole

Here we’ve combined two favorite Southern side dishes—grits and greens—into one casserole; it’s a natural choice to serve with Easter ham. Try omitting the bacon and using vegetable broth to make it a vegetarian dish.

» Grits & Greens Casserole


Collard greens are a key ingredient in many Southern food recipes. Southerners traditionally serve collard green recipes on New Year’s Day, along with black-eyed peas, to ensure wealth in the coming year. Collard greens have a neutral flavor that benefits from other big flavors, which is why collard green recipes often feature bacon or smoked ham. Try a healthy collard green recipe to bring you good luck or to include more nutritious dark leafy greens in your diet.

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