Vegetarian Brown Sugar Collard Greens

Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe.  These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

With lots of greens to pick in the garden we are having a side dish of collard greens weekly at the dinner table.  I love these collards so much I’ve been making a big batch to take to work to eat for lunch a few times a week (partnered with some cheese/crackers because I love a mismatched lunch).  So many Collard Greens recipes call for chicken broth and bacon, but in this recipe I’m using vegetable broth to make it Vegetarian friendly.   I’m adding a little bit of brown sugar into the vegetable broth to balance out the natural bitter flavor that collards give, but not making it too sweet.

Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

From the garden..
Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

To the table..
Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!
Can I give a little suggestion too?  If you don’t have a full pound of collard greens, don’t worry.  If you have kale, add that in.  Sometimes I’ll do 1 pound of collards, sometimes I’ll do 12 oz collards/4 oz kale, sometimes I’ll do 8 oz collards/8 oz kale, it all really depends on what we’re growing in the garden.  Once it’s been simmering for a while all the greens tend to blend together.  When I add kale to it my husband doesn’t even know the difference.

Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

Serve them as a side dish to just about anything, from fancy holiday dinner to sloppy joe sandwiches.

Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

I hope you enjoy the recipe, it’s one of my current favorites!
Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

Vegetarian Brown Sugar Collard Greens
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 tablespoon butter
  3. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  4. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  5. 1 pound collard greens - chopped, stem removed
  6. 3 cups vegetable broth
  7. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  8. salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add red pepper flakes and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add collard greens to pot and cook 2 minutes, stirring with a spoon.
  4. Add vegetable broth and brown sugar, mixing so the sugar is combined.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover pot with lid and reduce heat to a low simmer for 45 minutes.
  7. Season with salt + pepper when serving.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you don't have enough collard greens, you can add kale in substitution.
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Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

 

 

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