All leafy greens are yummy- and collard greens, while they can get a bad rep, are delicious too 🙂
I find them every now and then, here in Jamaica- where they are both affordable and extremely healthy!
Aside of the usual vitamins, minerals & fiber most greens come with- collard greens are excellent detoxifiers. They contain a substance known as glucosinolates that help cleanse the liver (your liver is responsible for so much of your wellbeing, I’ve blogged about this before!) Glucosinolates also help regulate and activate detoxifying enzymes in the body and protect DNA from the attack of free radicals and other harmful chemicals. The environmental effect on cells can be very damaging; the detoxifying properties of collard greens are useful in keeping the body healthy (source).
If you really can’t handle the taste of collard greens but don’t want to miss out on the good stuff, check out this recipe where you’ll barely even realize you’re eating collard greens 😀
Curried Collard Greens
- Bunch of collard greens, washed, chopped
- Large wedge of pumpkin chopped- skin washed & seeds removed*
- Some tomatoes, washed & chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- Garlic cloves, chopped (I like a lot of garlic)
- Curry spices**
- Scotch bonnet (optional)
- Coconut oil
- Coconut milk
- In a large pot, drizzle some coconut oil. Add the onions & garlic and cook until translucent.
- Then add the curry spices, scotch bonnet and cook for a few more minutes. This is going to help intensify the overall flavours. Be generous with the curry spices!
- Then add the pumpkin wedges, a bit of water, cover and cook on medium heat until the pumpkin are semi-soft.
- Lastly- add the collard greens, tomatoes, enough coconut milk, a bit of salt and cook everything on med-high heat for about 5 minutes. The pumpkin will also continue to cook in this process- so make sure they’re not mush by the time you’ve added these ingredients.
* If the pumpkin skin is very thick- please peel it as it may be difficult to digest. I always eat the skin, if it’s thin enough.
** I personally prefer Madras Curry blends- and my fave brand here in Jamaica is Home Choice Special Madras Indian Curry. You can find it at most supermarkets FYI.