Planning to eat a big bowl of greens for the New Year? Collard greens get a little sliver of the culinary spotlight on New Year’s Day thanks to superstitious Southerner’s. Eating the greens is thought to ensure a prosperous new year. While some deny being superstitious, when pressed they have tales of an unfortunate series of events that happened the ONE year they missed having greens and black-eyed-peas on New Year’s Day. At our house we definitely make sure to get a healthy serving of greens and black-eyed-peas on New Year’s.
Collard Greens have a lot to offer nutritionally. While this winter garden vegetable is in season, I urge you to try it more than just once on New Year’s Day!
- In-Season: October – April
- Selection: Look for dark green leaves, avoid bunches with excessive yellow spots.
- Nutritional Highlights:
- Contain 8% of daily value for Calcium per cup
- 35% of daily value for Vitamin A
- Ring in the New Year with 20% of daily value of Vitamin C per cup
- Excellent source of Folic Acid
- Low in Calories
- An assortment of recipes featuring Collard Greens.
- Crock Pot Collard Greens from Palatable Pastimes
- Mini Grits and Greens from Southern Living
- Grits & Greens Breakfast Bake from Southern Living
- Black-Eyed-Pea Stew with Collard Greens and Potatoes from Clean Eating
- Collard Green Gratin from Bon Apetit
- Lemony Collard Greens Pasta from Cookie and Kate
- Collard Green Wraps with Tofu & Thai Peanut Sauce from Kara Lydon
- Mac & Cheese with Collards from Eating Well
- Healthier Southern Collards Soup from Chocolate & Carrots
- Collard Green Coleslaw from In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Wishing y’all a healthy and prosperous 2016!