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Collard Greens and Grilled Cheese


I don’t know why, but for some reason I had it in my head that I hated collard greens. Perhaps I was getting it confused with okra (yeah, I don’t understand that either), which I am pretty sure I don’t like either, but I suppose that is in question too. Anyhow, so when a huge bunch of collard greens showed up in our farm share bag, I was not thrilled. Not like I would have been if it were kale or swiss chard at least. Regardless of this, the boyfriend cooked some up, by boiling  it and then tossing it in Bragg’s. After a bit of reluctance and preparing for the worst, I tried it. As it turns out, I love collard greens. They have a great earthy taste and a good chew to them. I love how dense and dark green they are. It’s one of those vegetables you know must be awesome for you while you are eating it (kind of like kale- which it is extremely genetically similar to). Plus, researchers at the University of Berkeley found that they are high 3,3′-Diindolylmethane, a compound that helps the innate immune response (functioning in anti-viral, cancer, and bacterial activity). There’s my Biology degree in action! And also why you should eat your collard greens.

Along with this, we had some Gimmie Lean sausage to use up before it risked going bad, along with some Toffuti cheese slices. We pan-fried some tofu strips as pretend egg, threw on some hot sauce, and were good to go. Earlier in the day I bought an amazing loaf of whole grain whole wheat bread (no corn syrup!) from the coop, so we made some great grilled cheese. The collard greens and sandwiches were awesome together! I was pleasantly surprised at our pieced together dinner, and at the fact that I love greens.