Can you believe it?! Here we are with only a few weeks until Christmas, and I’m still enjoying collard greens that were harvested from my own backyard! You can’t get more local than that! Now, they may not be as perky as they were when the summer sun was beating down on them, but neither am I once the winter chill sets in. Now what to do with all of these lovely greens…
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon honey, agave, or maple syrup
1 heaping teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cayenne (optional)
1 bunch collard greens, stripped from stems
1 avocado, sliced
½ cup red onion, sliced
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
¼ cup goji berries, raisins or other dried fruit
Roll collard leaves into a cylinder and slice very thin. Pour enough dressing on top of greens to saturate them, then gently massage leaves to make them more tender. Top with avocado, red onion, hemp and pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit. Mix. Add more dressing if needed. Enjoy!
Collard greens, and any green for that matter, decrease
inflammation, detoxify and oxygenate the blood, and slow the aging
process. They are also a great source of protein and calcium.
Hemp seeds are a superfood that supply your body with all the amino acids,
making them a complete protein, and contain the perfect balance of
essential fatty acids.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats which are thought to lower
cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease. This fruit is also
high in fiber, Vitamin E and C and is anti-inflammatory.