Healthier Than Ever Collard Greens
I happened to catch a cooking segment on Rebecca Regnier’s Full Plate. Rebecca’s guest, Earleen Belcher – now known as Queen Cookie – dished up some delicious looking collard greens during the cooking segment of the show.
Watching Queen Cookie prepare the collard greens gave me the motivation I needed to try something new. Not only are collard greens delicious, they are a powerhouse food that provides an abundance of antioxidants and loaded with are anti-inflammatories. I could easily add them to my ‘superfoods’ list.
What’s So Healthy About Collard Greens?
Collard greens belong to the cruciferous family. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their cancer prevention properties. They have the basic anti-oxidants: vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and vitamin E. But, they also contain both phytonutrients and glucosinolates that help activate detoxification enzymes.
Glucosinolates have been found to block the initiation of tumors in a variety of rodent tissues, such as the liver and colon. Laboratory studies on phytonutrients show that – because of their fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory effects – they help reduce the risk of cancer. The combination of the two provides some mighty good protection against free radicals that can cause cell damage and trigger disease.
Easy Fresh Collard Green Recipe
I modified Cookie’s recipe slightly. Here’s what I did to make a delicious collard green dish:
Start with a pound of collard greens. Break off the stems, wash them thoroughly, and place in a colander to drain.
Roll the greens and slice.
Place in a large sauce pan. Add two cans of fat free chicken broth, a chopped onion, a tablespoon of olive oil, a clove of garlic (minced), salt, pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 – 40 minutes.
Serve warm. Cookie says you can’t have collard greens without cornbread which does make a nice combination.
Collard Greens – A Powerhouse of Nutrition
Collard Greens contain high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, and manganese and have the ability to lower cholesterol by binding bile acids in the digestive tract. For a complete list of nutrients, and to learn more about their medicinal value, click here.
I almost hate to admit that this is the first time I’ve tried collard greens, but it won’t be the last. They were inexpensive to buy. I bought a full pound for $.99. As you can see, they are easy to cook. Having a vitamin-loaded veggie to serve that isn’t broccoli or green beans was a treat. I’m anxious to try them on the rest of the family!