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Baked Collard Greens : Meatless with Anti Inflammatory Spices

Is it possible to bake collard greens?  Whether in the ground or in the oven, collard greens, like any green leafy vegetable, don’t thrive in hot dry heat.  

Yet, I think I’ve found a recipe loophole so that you can bake collard greens!  Plus, I’ve figured out how to spice up these baked collard greens without meat but with anti inflammatory spices instead!

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Why Fix Baked Collard Greens

For a very long time, I sauteed green leafy vegetables with garlic, onion and butter.  I loved the simplicity of the cooking and the flavor of green leafy vegetables.  

However, something happened.  I stopped enjoying sauteed greens, like collard greens.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the recipe.  But it was like I was getting bored.  

Food boredom unfortunately can occur with the most flavorful and nutritious foods.  I felt sad because the nutrients I was missing out on when I chose to stop sauteing green leafy vegetables.  

So to bust out of the food boredom, I decided to recipe create.  And this is how my baked collard greens recipe was born!

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Health Benefits of Baked Collard Greens

Collard Greens, like other green leafy vegetables, are known for their nutrient density.  For instance, green leafy vegetables are known for the following nutrition : 

  • Folate  : This nutrient has a strong tie to cellular function and health.  Plus it’s being studied to see if it could help reduce gut inflammation.  

To learn more about folate of green leafy vegetables, read my recipe article : Yummy Anti Inflammatory Salad with Easy Salad Dressing

  • Vitamin C : Green leafy vegetables may not be known to have vitamin C, but they actually contain more vitamin C than an orange!  

To learn more about the abundance of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants, read my recipe article : Super Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner

Baked Collard Greens Anti Inflammatory Spice Blend

Anti Inflammatory eating seems to be all the rage today, and it’s a good thing because I’m all about leveraging food to reduce disease risk.  

As for this recipe, baked collard greens, I coupled a few of my favorite and most flavorful spices, such as…

  • Turmeric is a golden spice that is well-known for its ability to reduce inflammation and pain.  Curcumin, a phytonutrient within turmeric, is responsible for these amazing medicinally results.   
  • Garlic, like turmeric, contains phytonutrients that support heart health. However, garlic also has the ability to boost the immune system by reducing the growth of bacteria and viruses!   
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If you are looking to use food to cut inflammation and are inspired by the anti inflammatory power of the spices listed above, then here are three ways I may be able to help…

  1. Recipe Development

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  1. Community & Connection. 

If you are looking to connect with like-minded eater and grow in your ability to maintain healthy habits, then consider joining my free Facebook group : Anti Inflammatory Healthy Eating Community

  1. Farm to Flourish Nutrition Program. 

The Farm to Flourish Nutrition Program is an 8 week online course that will walk you through the process of uprooting inflammation one bite at a time.  

In addition to an expert guided process, you’ll also get accountability, community, and support.  For more information, check out my Farm to Flourish Nutrition Program.

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Healthy Cooking Facts on Baked Collard Greens

I think we’ve established the health benefits of collard greens for our health, but did you know that collard greens are also good for soil health?

Soil health is important for so many reasons, yet for the brevity of this article I want you to understand that collard greens decrease harmful soil pests.  

This effect allows the soil to produce healthy plants without having the burden to defend itself from disease.  Healthy soil means a healthy planet, but it also means more nutritious and flavorful food for you! 

So now that we’ve once established another healthy fact about collard greens, let’s get onto the benefits of cooking with collard greens! 

Steamed, or Baked Collard Greens?

Like I mentioned in the introduction of this article, collard greens don’t thrive in hot, dry heat.  However, I found a loophole when it comes to baking collard greens! 

Even though I used my oven to bake the collard greens, the collard greens were actually cooked with a steaming process.  

For instance, your oven cooks with hot DRY air.  Whereas when you cover a dish in the oven, you are able to lock in moisture so to steam cook with hot MOIST air.  

If you didn’t cover the dish of collard greens in the oven, the hot dry air would dry out the leaves so as to create chips.  On the other hand, hot moist air softens the leaves to make an easier bite.   

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Additional Health Benefits of Steamed Baked Collard Greens

Even though science isn’t able to replicate how our bodies break down and use food, a study was done to determine the benefits of steaming green leafy vegetables when it comes to absorbing circulating bile acids.

The study concluded that steaming significantly improved collard greens and other green vegetables binding capacity of bile acids. 

The results are promising leads to use food, specifically steamed vegetables for heart health and to cut the risk of cancer.  

If you are looking to cook more at home for your health without the hassle, then take a look at : Simply Flourish Meal Prep Course.  The course has 8-modules designed for busy working parents to get dinner done in less taste with more taste.     

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Leafy Green Swaps for Baked Collard Greens Recipe

Collard Greens are available in my local farmers’ market in the spring and summer months.   However, the collard green season dried up before I was able to get this recipe published.

Even though I was bummed about this short window, I was able to pick up swiss chard and kale instead.  I swapped them out for the baked collard greens recipe, and it worked wonderfully!  

So enjoy this recipe!  I hope it breaks you out of food boredom, reduces inflammation, and keeps your taste buds happy!  

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Baked Collard Greens

Elizabeth Ray
Is it possible to bake collard greens? Yep, I found a recipe loophole! Plus this baked collard green recipe veggie loaded, flavored with anti inflammatory spices, and is meatless!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 chef's knife
  • 1 Measuring Cup
  • 1 fork for mixing
  • 1 baking dish with top cover if no top, then use aluminum foil

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bundles collard greens 16 oz collard greens
  • 2/3 cup bone broth for vegan recipe, substitute vegetable broth
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes with green chilies 10 oz can
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Instructions
 

  • Set oven for 400 degrees.
  • Wash and dry collard greens.
  • Grab cutting board and knife so to carefully remove collard green stem. Gather collard green leaves and fold into one bundle so to carefully slice into horizontal strips. Then cut strips vertically so to create small squares.
  • Gather cut collard greens and place them into baking dish.
  • Grab measuring cup. Add bone broth, tomatoes and spices. Use fork to mix ingredients in measuring cup.
  • Pour mixed measuring cup ingredients into baking dish with collard greens. Mix all ingredients together in baking dish.
  • Cover baking dish with baking top (or with aluminum foil). Place baking dish into oven.
  • Bake collard greens for 40 minutes, or until collard green leaves are soft.
  • Remove baked collard greens from oven. Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Dairy Free, Gluten Free, No Sugar, vegan, Whole30

About the Author

Elizabeth Ray is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is on a mission to help you feel good about food!  She believes food from the farm is best.  And she is developing nutrition resources to help you discover the possibilities of real food that is grown/raised by the local farmer.  

For more delicious, nutritious and adventurous recipes that are sourced from the farm, click here.  

“May food from the local farm help you flourish!” – Elizabeth Ray Farmers Market Nutritionist

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