Collard Greens & Bacon

We probably hear more about folate than any other nutrient during pregnancy- and for good reason. Adequate folate levels can reduce your baby's risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. During your first trimester, the neural tube is forming and now is a great time to supplement what you're already getting from your prenatal vitamin with some collard greens and bacon. Not a pork eater? (me either!) Omit it and top your greens with a dollop of avocado; the fat will improve mineral absorption.⠀
4 strips thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2 pieces (optional)⠀
1 small yellow onion, chopped⠀
2 cloves of garlic, minced⠀
pinch of sea salt⠀
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper⠀
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar⠀
1 large bunch of collard greens (about 16 oz), stems removed, chopped⠀
1 cup chicken or bone broth⠀

HOW TO: Cook bacon over medium-heat until lightly browned. Then add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 min. Add garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook for an additional minute. Add the apple cider vinegar, and simmer until the amount of liquid in the pan reduces by half. Finally, add the collard greens and chicken broth, reduce heat to medium- low, and simmer until the collards have wilted and turned dark green, about 15 minutes. Serves 4

Adriane KnorrComment