Collard greens are a highly nutritious green rich in calcium that are a great addition to your Healthiest Way of Eating. Long popular in the southern states, you will find out why they are becoming increasingly popular throughout the rest of the U.S.
1 pound collard greens, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1½ tablespoon sunflower seeds
½ red onion, sliced (add to steamers with collard greens)
6 Kalamata olives, sliced
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
5 drops soy sauce
dash of cayenne pepper
Fill bottom of steamer with 2 inches of water.
While steam is building up, slice collard greens leaves into ½-inch slices and cut again crosswise. Cut stems into ¼-inch slices. Let both leaves and stems sit for at least 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting properties.
Press or chop garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out more of its health-promoting properties.
Steam collard greens for no more than 5 minutes.
Transfer to a bowl. For more flavor, toss collard greens with the remaining ingredients and any of the optional ingredients you desire while they are still hot. (Mediterranean Dressing does not need to be made separately).
Recipe by Good Food Buzz at http://www.goodfoodbuzz.com/2012/06/16/5-minute-collard-greens/