Farmers make the best cooks! This week, Stephanie Everett of Everett Heritage Farms has been kind enough to share this tempting twist on collard greens, for those of you who just can’t seem to break out of the same ol’ routine with these vitamin-packed veggies.
Mediterranean Steamed Collard Greens
Prep and Cook Time: 5 minutes (Serves 2)
1 pound collard greens, chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1 medium clove garlic, pressed or chopped
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1-1/2 TBS Sunflower seeds
1/2 sweet or red onion, sliced (add to steamers with collard greens)
6 kalamata olives, sliced
3 TBS 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 1/2-inch slices and cut again crosswise. Cut stems into 1/4-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. Toss collard greens with the Mediterranean Dressing and any of the optional ingredients you desire while they are still hot.