Collard Greens with Beans
Couve Com Feijão
by James Belardo
We’re always on the lookout for healthy and nutritious foods, especially vegetables. A couple of Portuguese friends introduced me to hearty leafy-green Collard Greens. My first taste of Collard Greens were in a hearty Portuguese soup aptly called Sopa de Couve, or Collard Green Soup. Sopa de Couve is a common Portuguese soup made with Portuguese Chorizo, tomatoes, beans and Collard Greens.
The following recipe for Collards and beans is not a soup, it’s closer to a stew, it’s a tasty side dish that goes well with rice and grilled meats such as beef or pork.
8-12 collard green leaves, sliced into 1-inch strips
1 can white kidney beans, drained
1/2 vidalia onion
2-3 cloves garlic
1/2 Portuguese Chorizo sausage, spicy or mild, your choice (Portuguese Style)
1 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
1 can plum tomatoes (hand crushed)
1/4 cup Pimenta
salt and pepper (to taste)
8. Serve over brown rice
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