Stuffed Collard Greens
Welcome to my Stuffed Collard Greens recipe post which is a favorite for New Years for many people. This is a healthy and delicious recipe to start the year off at your table.
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1/2 cup basil, chopped
1/2 cup lemon juice
Bring a large pot of water to a boil while you carefully wash and stem the collard greens. Lower collard greens into the boiling water. After 2 minutes, gently transfer collards to a bowl of ice-cold water, then drain and set aside.
Next, saute the rice, basil, and nuts in two tablespoons of olive oil for five minutes. Wrap each leaf around two spoonfuls of the rice mixture.
Layer a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan with the stuffed collard greens. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice and the rest of the olive oil together and drizzle over the stuffed collard greens. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 F or 175 C.
Wonderfully nutritious collard leaves are very low in calories (provide only 32 calories per 100 g) and contain no cholesterol. However, its green leaves contain a good amount of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber that helps control LDL cholesterol levels and offer protection against hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases.
Widely considered to be a wholesome food; collards are rich sources of phytonutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, that have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition and cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.
Collard greens are very good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Folate and many vital B-complex groups of minerals such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and riboflavin.
The Collard Greens leaves and stems compose adequate amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc.