per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 5.7 g
Proteins 2.7 g
Fats 0.7 g
Water 90.2 g
Fiber 4 grams
Trans Fats 0 ug
Ash 0.7 grams

Cooked Collard Greens

33 Calories per 100g

Welcome to the wonderful world of collard greens! With its many nutritional benefits, this hearty vegetable is one of the most popular components of southern cuisine. You may have heard them referred to as “soul food," as they are a staple in African American cooking throughout the South. But no matter what you call them, preparing delicious cooked collard greens is a breeze and you don’t need any fancy ingredients or techniques to make them in your own kitchen.

When I think of collard greens, I get excited. Collard greens are filled with important nutrients like vitamins A, C, iron, calcium, and fiber. Plus, they are inexpensive and available at most grocery stores all year round. Whether you’re trying to insert more vegetables into your daily diet or just looking for a tasty side dish for dinner, collard greens are a wise choice.

To get started, begin by selecting a bunch of fresh collard greens. Look for leaves that are crisp and dark green in color. Avoid any wilted or yellowing greens. Once you have the collards in hand, rinse them off and remove any unwanted stems or tough ribs. The stems can be very fibrous, so take time to trim them away. To properly clean, put the collard greens in a large bowl filled with cold water and soak for a few minutes before draining and rinsing.

Now, it’s time to start cooking. To begin, add a tablespoon of cooking oil to a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add two cloves of minced garlic, a chopped onion and about half a cup of chicken broth. Heat the pan to medium and let the vegetables cook until they start to turn golden brown.

Next, add the rinsed collard greens to the pan along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir the ingredients together and reduce the heat to low. Put the lid on the pan and allow the collards to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 25 to 30 minutes. As the collards cook, some of the liquid will evaporate and it’s important to watch that the greens don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. If they do, add a bit more chicken broth and continue cooking.

After the collards have cooked through, they’re ready to enjoy! You can eat them as a side dish alongside roasted chicken or grilled steak, or serve them over cooked rice for a vegetarian main. For extra flavor, try adding a pinch of red pepper flakes and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the pan toward the end of cooking.

Collard greens are a humble vegetable that can be dressed up and enjoyed in countless ways. Experiment with different seasonings and flavors to find the taste that suits you best! If you’re ever stuck in a dinner rut, cooked collard greens can save the day. And since it’s such an inexpensive main ingredient, you can afford to make collards a regular part of your meal rotation.

Bon appétit!