We grow a LOT of kale and collard greens in our garden so I am always looking for a new recipe to try. If a recipe can be cooked in a slow cooker then I love it. Well, below is a slow cooker recipe I found on facebook from DIY Natural for greens that you can start earlier in the day and it is ready at dinner time. You can freeze the leftovers if you don’t eat it all, so that is a big plus. It is great to have vegetables frozen so you can eat them in the winter when your garden is done producing.
- 6 – 8 cups of greens, stems removed & chopped (we use collard greens & kale)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 – 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups of bone broth, stock, or water
- ham hock or several slices of cooked, chopped bacon
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of butter
- 2 – 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (we omit this)
- 2 – 3 teaspoons sea salt
- pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook on low heat for about 6 hours. Turn off heat and adjust seasonings and vinegar to taste. If using ham hock, remove it from slow cooker, pull off meat and stir meat into greens. Serve warm as a side dish and refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
We tried these greens last night with dinner and they tasted great! We don’t like the vinegar flavor, so next time we will omit this ingredient. We did not have any leftovers, even the kids liked them. I am going to make more for the purpose of freezing for later in the year. Greens are very beneficial to your health. They detox, are loaded with antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory, and support cardiovascular & digestive health. If you have never tried greens this would be a great recipe to start with.
So try some slow cooker greens for a healthy side dish that is quick and easy to make. Your family will love them!