Collards are a real superfood packed with nutrition; a low-calorie food with antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lutein. One cup of raw chopped collards has 11 calories, 52g calcium, 2400 IU Vitamin A, 1382 mcg beta carotene, Vitamins C & K, 1.3 grams of fiber and more. Try some today.
Here is a great non-meat recipe for collards.
Wash and chop collards
In a large stock pot put the following ingredients and bring to a boil then add the chopped collards:
1 cup of cooking sherry wine
1 large sweet onion
one red bell pepper, chopped ( I have used a variety of peppers – including polanos, banana peppers – whatever is available from the garden)
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
2 TBSP of sugar (optional)
1 tsp of crushed red pepper
salt to taste
add enough water to just barely cover the collards.
Boil collards until desired tenderness. Taste to see if you need to adjust seasonings. You may need to add more cooking sherry wine or red wine vinegar depending on the strength of the flavor of your collards. If you cook the collards for a long time or more than 2 hours, you may need to add additional water.
When the collards are fully cooked, remove from heat and add 2 -3 TBSP of olive oil and stir. Serve and enjoy.
Alternate cooking method: Prepare as above to get the collards wilted down, then transfer to the crock pot and let them slow cook over night. Mmm….now these are really good.