5-Minute "Quick Steamed" Collard GreensCollard greens are a highly nutritious green rich in calcium that are a great addition to your World's Healthiest Foods Way of Eating. Long popular in the southern states, you will find out why they are becoming increasingly popular throughout the rest of the U.S.
Prep and Cook Time: 5 minutes
- 1 pound collard greens, chopped
- Mediterranean Dressing
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 medium clove garlic, pressed or finely chopped
- 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1-1/2 TBS sunflower seeds
- 1/2 red onion, sliced (add to steamers with collard greens)
- 6 kalamata olives, sliced
- 3 TBS pumpkin seeds
- 5 drops soy sauce
- dash of cayenne pepper
- Fill bottom of steamer with 2 inches of water.
- While steam is building up, cut off thick stem ends and slice Collard Greens leaves into 1/8- inch slices (thick stems can be saved for soup). Let them sit for 5-10 minutes before steaming.
- Chop or press garlic and slice onions and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
- When water has come to a full boil add onions tothe bottom of the steamer basket and place Collard Greens on top. Cover with a tight fitting lid and
steam for 5 minutes for al dente Collard Greens.
- Transfer to a bowl and toss Collard Greens with
the remaining ingredients while they are still hot. (Mediterranean Dressing does not need to be made separately.)
- Important: For best flavor, use a knife and fork to cut the cooked Collard Greens crosswise several times until they are in very small pieces. The more finely you cut Collard Greens the more exposed surface area you create. This can allow more flavors of the dressing to pass into the Collard Greens and speed up
desirable changes in texture including tenderness.
Healthy Cooking Tips:
Research shows that fat-soluble vitamins
and carotenoids found in foods, such as Collard Greens, may be better absorbed when consumed with fat-containing foods like extra virgin olive oil. Dressing
will also help tenderize Collard Greens.