For Best Nutritional Benefits, Don’t Overcook Holiday Greens

If greens are a side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner, keep in mind you do not have to boil your greens for hours; in fact, doing so pulls nutrients out of them, Teresa Henson, Extension specialist-program outreach coordinator, said.

“Save time and nutrients by cooking greens for only 30 minutes,” she said. “This recipe makes a wonderful dish for your holiday meal.”

Savory Greens

Makes 6 servings – 1 cup per serving


3 cups water
¼ pound skinless, smoked turkey breast
¼ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 green onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 pounds greens (mixture of mustard greens, collard greens, kale and turnip greens)
1 tablespoon chopped and seeded jalapeño pepper (optional)


-Place all ingredients, except greens, into a large pot and bring to a boil.
-Prepare greens by washing thoroughly and removing stems.
-Tear or slice greens into bite-size pieces.
-Add greens to turkey stock. Cook 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Serve while hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 69, total fat: 1 g, saturated fat: 0 g, trans fat: 0 g, cholesterol: 9 mg, sodium: 267 mg, total carbohydrate: 10 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, protein: 7 g

Source: Recipes from SNAP-Ed Partners California-Calfresh

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