Collard greens is an underrated vegetable. Known as the vegetable of the south, collard greens are versatile raw and cooked. Greens and lemon go together like peas and carrots. Together, the flavors balance one another and add a zesty taste that ignites freshness to the meal.
On top of being delicious, collard greens are chocked full of minerals and vitamins.
In just one cup of collard greens expect to consume:
77 mg of potassium
1.1 grams of protein
1.4 grams of dietary fiber
Vitamin A - 36%
Vitamin C - 21%
Vitamin B6 - 5%
Calcium - 8%
Greens are important for overall health and assists in keeping the digestive track regulated.
KEEP IT CLEAN & EAT YOUR GREENS
Pasta with Lemon + Collard Greens
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
8 oz pasta (half a regular bag)
1 bunch of collard greens
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 small lemon, juiced
1 tsp nutritional yeast (or more)
1/2 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
Optional toppings: pine nuts
Cook pasta according to package directions. Wash the collard greens and remove the stems by cutting them with a knife. Fold the greens and slice to your desired width and length.
In a pan, saute the garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the greens, salt and pepper and sauté until tender, or around 3-5 minutes.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain and place the noodles back into the pot. Add the additional tablespoon of olive oil and mix. Add the greens and all other remaining ingredients. Adjust the salt and pepper as needed.
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