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!