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A Recipe for Collard Greens Made Healthy!

Creamed collard greens are a dinner staple in many Atlanta homes. According to the USDA, the leafy greens are rich in vitamins A, C, K, and dietary fiber to keep you feeling full—but that cream sauce smothering the greens is another story. The rich, buttery additive is not friendly to the waistline or cholesterol levels. So, it’s time to give your favorite recipe for collard greens a healthy, flavorful makeover. Here’s some tasty inspiration!

Braised Collard Greens and Butternut Squash

Add a little color to the table with this side dish of greens and bright orange squash. Garlic, ginger, and shallots give this recipe a fresh flavor without all the calories of heavy cream. As a bonus, butternut squash adds extra fiber, calcium, and vitamin A to the meal. Try serving this dish with grilled chicken breasts or sliced turkey.

Vegetarian Southern-Style Collard Greens

Red pepper flakes add a spicy kick to this healthy recipe for collard greens. If you’re making barbecue ribs or chicken, this version of collard greens made with juicy tomatoes is the perfect complement to dinner. You can also make this into an entree by adding some cooked black-eyed peas and a cornbread muffin to your plate for a healthy dinner.
Braised Collard Greens
Let your cooking method add extra flavor to your collard greens. Braising, or lightly browning the greens then simmering them in liquid, gives the vegetables a caramelized, slightly nutty flavor. This recipe uses red wine vinegar to give the side dish a distinct tart, vibrant flavor that would be perfect paired with a crawfish boil or grilled salmon.

Healthier Creamed Collard Greens

If you simply can’t imagine not having creamy collards on the dinner table, try making a few changes to your tried-and-true recipe to shave off unwanted calories and fat. Every little dietary change helps.

  • Use low-fat cream and skim milk as a thickener.
  • Choose unsalted butter for sautéing.
  • Pick low-fat turkey bacon, and use it as a garnish.
  • Try using vegetable stock for braising.
  • Use a nonstick pan and half the amount of oil called for in the recipe.
  • Make an extra vegetable side dish, and only serve up half as much of the creamy collard greens.
  • Stuff the creamy collard greens in a chicken breast or pork chop as a filling so you serve less on each plate without sacrificing flavor.

Get creative when mealtime rolls around. You might just find that you like collard greens better when paired with another vegetable or seasoned with healthy herbs.

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