I’m not sure if I posted this recipe before but I have to say when some things are made accidentally, they can sometimes be the best results.
Last Thanksgiving as I was preparing a meal for my family, I decided to make collard greens. I haven’t made collard greens in forever and I legit forgot how much time it takes. Between the washing and soaking (and more washing and soaking), cooking, marinating, the entire process can take up to 5 hours. Sometimes more.
As Maks and I adjust to a healthier lifestyle and incorporate more veggies in our diet, sometimes one has to sacrifice some time to get healthy. Collard greens is traditionally made with either ham hocks or a turkey leg. Sometimes I didn’t have access to either, so I did without and substituted the greens with veggie broth.
1 pound of collard greens, thoroughly soaked and washed.
3 cups of veggie broth
1 large onion, chopped.
2 garlic cloves, chopped.
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
A pinch of red pepper flakes
Soak the collard greens to make sure they are thoroughly washed. I usually soak them in cold water with salt for 30 minutes, drain, rinse, and re-soak. I do this several times, with a minimum of three washes. This is to cut down the bitterness of the greens, but also to kill any residual bugs hiding in the leaves.
In the meanwhile, chop the onion and garlic and put it in a large pot. Pour 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and sautée the onion and garlic. Turn off the fire after a few minutes.
Once the leaves are thoroughly washed to your liking, strip the leaves and cut them into 1-inch, 2-inch strips. Pour them into the pot with the onion and garlic mixture, and add the veggie broth with the additional tablespoon of olive oil.
Cook until boiling, and then let it simmer. The greens should eventually go from bright green to dark money green. This should take a minimum of
Add seasoning salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes as needed.
Depending on how much you wash the greens, this could take a minimum of four hours. The actual cooking part takes around 45 minutes. Many people often have the greens soak overnight to cut down on the time spent in the kitchen.
Do you have a recipe for vegan collard greens? How did it turn out?