Braised Collards & Lentils

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braised collards & lentils

Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 large bunch collard greens, about 1/2 lb
  • 2.5 cups broth (chicken or veggie)
  • 1 cup dried green or brown lentils 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

how to make

  1. Heat oven to 350º F. Remove stems from collards and roughly chop. 
  2. Heat oil in dutch oven or ovenproof pot with a tight fitting lid. Sauté the onion over mediun-high heat until it softens and becomes translucent. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes.  Continue to sauté until fragrant, and just beginning to become golden. Add a splash of water if needed to keep things moving, and reduce heat as needed to keep from burning. 
  3. Add the lentils and broth and bring to a simmer. Cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  4. Remove lid, add all the collards on top, put the lid back on. Transfer to the oven and cook for 35-45 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through but not mushy. 
  5. Remove from the oven, season with salt and pepper, and stir in ½-1 tablespoon of good balsamic vinegar. I like to serve topped with a dollop of hummus or greek yogurt. 


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