Peanut Ginger Collard Greens
An Asian twist on the classic southern soul food. Adding this creamy peanut ginger sauce to lightly sauteed collard greens makes them a perfect side dish for chicken or a hearty vegetarian meal. This dish was introduced to me by my brother who was making it for breakfast, I was intrigued! A simpler version of this recipe was shared with him by a couch surfer guest visiting from New Zealand. He figures it was a sneaky way to get kids to eat their vegetables by smothering them in peanut butter.
Since trying them the first time I have been fiddling with the recipe in my head and came up with this Asian inspired combination. Similar in flavour to a sesame chicken sauce, the peanut butter is still the star of this show. Collard greens have such a distinct flavour and can be a little bitter so the sauce really mellows out the greens.
Collard Greens-A Nutrition Power House
Collard Greens pack a nutritional punch, a significant source of soluble fiber and Vitamin C, and multiple nutrients with anticancer properties. One serving contains more than your daily recommended value of Vitamin K and A, and is a great source of folate, manganese and calcium. One of the most amazing things about collard greens is that they can aid in lowering cholesterol when you eat them.
- 1 bunch of collard greens
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Asian sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- For Sauce add peanut butter, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce,sesame oil and ground ginger to a small bowl, stir to combine (you can heat in microwave for 20 seconds to soften and make stiring easier)
- Wash and coarsely chop collard greens.
- Over medium high heat, melt coconut oil in pan and add minced garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes then add collard greens.
- Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until softened.
- Add sauce and turn heat to low cooking for another 1-2 minutes until sauce is warm and coating the greens.
- Serve as side for meat dishes or enjoy as a vegetarian meal option.