Southern Style Greens

Southern Style Greens

Those of you from the South probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Most know this dish as collard greens but that is just one of many types of greens that can be cooked this way. All of them are delicious and nutritious. I usually use kale or spinach because those are my favorite, and I usually have them on hand, but you can use collard, mustard, or turnip greens, Swiss chard, broccoli rabe, spinach, kale, or a combination!

 

How can anything cooked with bacon and onion not be delicious? Right? Even kale is amazing when prepared this way. The red wine vinegar adds some much needed acid that really brightens the dish and enhances the flavor. These are so good that I can literally never make enough!

Nutrition and Dark Greens

Dark, leafy greens are packed with nutrients and are some of the best foods that you can eat but can be very bitter raw or unseasoned. What makes this dish so great, is the addition of some fat and flavor from the bacon and onion. This dish is amazing and people just can’t get enough! This is great for getting picky eaters, or those who normally shun healthy foods like dark greens, to not only eat them but enjoy them.

 

If I didn’t convince you to try these out yet, you should know, nutritionists say that greens are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health and may help to protect you against heart disease, diabetes and even cancer! They are high in fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, potassium, and other micro-nutrients like antioxidants. They tend to be very nutrient dense which means that they have a lot of nutrients per calorie. Remember, as a general rule, the darker the green the more nutritional and as always, feel free to Chef Around and have fun!

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Southern Style Greens
This traditional dish is healthy and delicious. Southern style wilted dark greens cooked with bacon and onion. Yum!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add your diced bacon to a cold pan and turn to medium heat. Cook until fat has rendered and bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate with a paper towel leaving the fat in the pan.
  2. Add diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. Turn heat up to medium-high and add kale, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook for a couple more minutes until greens are just wilted.
  4. Remove from heat, mix in the cooked bacon and serve hot.
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Southern Style Greens

Those of you from the South probably know exactly what I’m talking about, most know this dish as collard greens but that is just one of many types of greens that can be cooked this way and all are delicious and nutritious. I usually use kale or spinach because those are my favorite dark, leafy greens and that is usually what I have on hand, but you can use collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, Swiss chard, broccoli rabe, spinach, kale, or a combination!

 

Dark, leafy greens are packed with nutrients and are some of the best foods that you can eat but can be very bitter raw or unseasoned. What makes this dish so great, is that with the addition of some fat and flavor from the bacon and onion the greens are amazing and people just can’t get enough! This is great for getting picky eaters or those who normally shun healthy foods like dark greens to not only eat them but enjoy them.

 

 

If I didn’t convince you to try these out yet, you should know, nutritionists say that greens are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health and may help to protect you against heart disease, diabetes and even cancer! They are high in fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, potassium, and other micro-nutrients like antioxidants. Remember, as a general rule, the darker the green the more nutrients it has and as always, feel free to Chef Around and have fun!

Southern Style Greens

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 bunch Kale, washed, destemmed and chopped
1 Onion, diced
2 strips Bacon, diced
1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, to taste

 

Directions

Add diced bacon to cold skillet and turn on to medium heat. Cook bacon until fat has rendered and bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes, then remove to a plate with a paper towel leaving fat in skillet. Add onion to pan and saute until translucent, stirring regularly. Turn heat up slightly and add kale, vinegar, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cook for a couple minutes until greens are just wilting, then turn off the heat, add bacon back to the greens and serve.

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