Steamed Collards with Lime-Peanut Sauce
Dec 27, 2011
Linda Watson in TOP 10, collards, new year's day, peanut butter, vegetables, winter

I was looking for the healthiest, most affordable way to cook collards. I found that, plus my new favorite in the taste department! These are so good that I had the extra for breakfast today. Even people who eat collards solely for the mighty greens' nutritional mojo find that the lime juice masks the bitterness and the peanut butter adds a silky richness. One serving of Steamed Collards with Lime-Peanut Sauce contains seven grams of protein, no cholesterol, and plenty of vitamins, calcium, iron, and fiber.

Serve your friends and family Steamed Collards with Lime-Peanut Sauce on New Year's Day. Tradition holds that the more greens you eat on January 1st, the more folding money you'll get in the coming year. You'll appreciate the quick cooking time, everyone will enjoy the taste, and no one will miss the sulfurous smell of overcooked collards.

Steamed Collards with Lime and Peanut Butter Sauce

Active time: 20 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes. Serves four.

Recipe ingredients

2 cloves garlic
1 pound fresh collards
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoons dried ginger in a pinch)
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/8 teaspoon chipotle

Recipe method

  1. Mince garlic and put into a small bowl. Rinse collards well.
  2. Set up a steamer by putting about an inch of water in a large pot, adding a steamer basket, and covering the pot. Heat steamer over high heat until water starts to boil, then turn temperature down to low so water barely boils.
  3. Cut or tear collard leaves away from the center stems. Cut off the bottom of each stem, then cut stems into quarter-inch lengths. Add stems to steamer basket and cook for about four minutes.

    chopping raw collard greens

  4. Cut collard leaves into ribbons about two inches by one-quarter inch. Add collard leaves to steamer and cook until tender, about five minutes.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to bowl with garlic and stir to mix. When collards are tender, transfer them to a serving bowl, top with lime-peanut sauce, and stir to mix.
  6. Serve hot or at room temperature. Refrigerate any extra and reheat briefly before serving.

    Steamed Collard Greens with Peanut Butter and Lime Juice Sauce with Beans, Rice, and Oranges make a healthy meal.

Recipe tips and notes

Article originally appeared on Cook for Good, home of Wildly Affordable Organic and Fifty Weeks of Green (http://cookforgood.com/).
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