Growing up, I was a very picky eater. Certain foods would not cross my lips no matter how long I was forced to sit at the supper table. Peas, mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, artichokes, onions, radishes, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, okra, cucumbers, any lettuce with the exception of iceberg…you get the idea. And that was just vegetables. Don’t get me started on fruit or proteins!
Fast forward 30 years and there are very few foods I won’t happily devour. Seriously, I love all cuisines and am grateful for grocery stores that carry so many different types of fruits, veggies, meats and spices…the possibilities are endless!
Growing up in the south, collard greens were a frequent flyer at our table. As soon as I saw those big leaves being washed in the kitchen sink, I would begin thinking of my exit plan during supper. The craziest part is that I never actually tried them. Who knew they would become one of my favorite comfort foods as an adult?!?
Fun Fact: Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin A (essential for healthy vision) and contain amazingly high levels of vitamin K (370% of recommended daily levels per 2 cups) which is critical for promoting bone mass. Enjoy my favorite recipe!