Foodie Tuesday – Soulful Savory Greens

Today’s edition of Foodie Tuesday is a Soul Food classic:  Savory Greens.  Dark leafy greens like collards, kale, and mustard are great sources of folate.  Besides being good for you, savory greens have a long and important history in African American cuisine.  The Southern style of cooking greens into a low gravy and drinking the juices (or “pot likker“) is of African origin.   Because greens loose a lot of their nutritional value into the cooking water, drinking the juices is an excellent way to get back those vitamins, including folate.  Greens are an important dish in many soul food meals. Although traditionally cooked with fatty meats and lard, many cooks have found creative ways to make them better for the body and the soul.  Here’s what the cookbook Soulful Recipes has to say about soul food in family traditions and health:

“Families today are still getting together for Sunday dinner. But, mothers are changing the way they make ‘grandma’s’ recipes. Today, many African American moms know that there is a link between what we eat and why so many of us suffer from serious health problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types  of cancer.

Moms are taking control of their kitchens and their communities. They are talking with their friends, store owners, and community leaders about getting healthy food in their neighborhoods. They are changing their way of cooking soul food, just enough, so that it is still delicious – just healthy.”

Today’s recipe from the Network for a Healthy California does just that.  We love this dish because it gives moms, sisters and daughters an easy, healthy, and delicious way to cook a Southern classic for their families and friends.  You can dowload the entire cookbook here.

Savory Greens


6 cups water

1/4 pound smoked turkey breast, skinless

1/4 cup onion, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped and seeded jalepeño pepper (optional)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 green onion, chopped

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 pounds of greens (mustard, collards, kale, turnip, or mixtue)


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

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