Steamed Collard Greens

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Good morning!  I was hoping for a sunshine-y morning, but it’s pretty gross out.  Here’s to hoping the clouds pass by soon!


This breakfast was exactly what I was craving. Exactly!


My sister-in-law Sophie turned me onto collard greens the last time she was here (which is ironic considering that I’m from the South and she’s from London).  All the collard greens I’ve tried in the past were mushy and meaty.  I loved the way she prepared them – light, fresh, and bright green.


Here’s how I prepare them:


  • Wash thoroughly and cut into thin strips.  Remove any big stems.
  • In a non-stick wok, heat up 1/2 a cup water and a dash of oil olive.
  • Add collard greens and stir.  Place top on wok (important, use a pot top if you don’t have a wok top) and turn up on high.  Steam for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Drain excess liquid and then put back in wok with top for another few minutes. 
  • Salt and serve.


With two pieces of rosemary bread and two over-easy eggs. Mmm.


I always think Breakfast = Fruit, but it can equal greens, too!  Why not?  :)  I could always use more vegetables in my life.


Do you ever eat vegetables with breakfast?  Or do you prefer to stick with sweet breakfasts?



  • Charlie April 10, 2011, 9:54 am

    I usually eat sweet breakfasts but I occasionally eat veggies. Those greens look really good! I’ll have to try your sister-in-law’s method.

  • Jamie@Healthywalk April 10, 2011, 10:05 am

    I usually prefer a sweet breakfast, but sometimes I do like to throw some veggies in. I’ve never actually had collard greens before, so I’ll have to try it sometime! Looks delicious! Eggs and toast sounds great right now!

  • Camille April 10, 2011, 10:07 am

    I am okay with some veggies for breakfast, but I don’t think I could stomach pure green. Power to you!

  • Freya April 10, 2011, 10:08 am

    I’m more of a sweet breakfast person – though I do like green monsters & carrot or parsnip pancakes 🙂 but they are naturally sweet veg – I don’t think I’d do broccoli or anything 😛

  • Khushboo April 10, 2011, 10:08 am

    I prefer sweet breakfasts but I often start my day with a glass of veggie juice too (spinach, carrot & Beetroot). Really want to try collard greens but hv never seen them being sold!

  • Kristina @ spabettie April 10, 2011, 10:08 am

    that looks like a breakfast for me! I’ve been eating many salads for breakfast lately, topped with a runny egg as “dressing” YUM!

  • Lisa Fine [lisasfoods] April 10, 2011, 10:10 am

    It depends on where I am. When at home I’ll sometimes add some spinach to a smoothie to get in extra veggies, or I’ll add some vegetables to an egg dish. Mostly I like sweet breakfasts though.

    But when I traveled to Japan I loved having miso soup, rice balls, and different pickled vegetables for breakfast. It just made sense, and I always felt really healthy eating their breakfasts.

  • Kelly April 10, 2011, 10:11 am

    I actually prefer savory to sweet things in the morning! My body generally doesn’t crave sweets until afternoon. I also generally don’t drink coffee until the afternoon (I drink tea in he morning instead) Weird right? I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority on this one!

    • alison April 10, 2011, 7:35 pm

      I’m the same way! I always drink hot tea first thing in the morning. If I have coffee, it’s always later in the day, unless I have company who likes coffee in the morning.

  • sarah (sarah learns) April 10, 2011, 10:14 am

    it depends what i’m craving – some mornings all i want is a veggie-filled omelette, but other days sweet oats are the only thing that sounds good to me!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 10, 2011, 10:15 am

    what a great way to get your veggies in 🙂

    if I have eggs and toast I’ll have broccoli or brussels along with it.

    But usually I crave french toast or oatmeal with fruit because I work out or run after breakfast
    hope you’re feeling better! 🙂

  • McKella April 10, 2011, 10:21 am

    I actually love eggs and greens for breakfast, usually spinach or chard. Then there’s always green smoothies…great way to sneak in veggies!

  • Isabella April 10, 2011, 10:22 am

    I wish that I could have sweet waffles or brown sugar steel cut oats but it gives my tummy troubles.
    I normally eat steel cut oats with carrot or homeade unsweetened waffles! They aren’t boring, thank goodness for almond butter.

    Caitlin, I’m so sorry, I think I have been reading your blog a bit too much! 😀 I had a dream last night that involved you, your husband, and your in-laws!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 10, 2011, 10:22 am

    I enjoy veggies with breakfast. I actually don’t like sweet breakfasts very much at all!

  • Melanie @ Trial By Trail April 10, 2011, 10:24 am

    Collard greens – good idea! I’ll have to try those soon. Thanks for sharing how to prepare them!

  • Christina April 10, 2011, 10:26 am

    I always eat sweet breakfasts, mainly oats with pb and jelly or something like that.

    Collard greens for breakfast sounds so good! And especially with eggs!

  • M April 10, 2011, 10:40 am

    I prefer savoury type brekkies myself
    (sweet stuff makes me want to gag!)

    I also love bean/burrito type things with hot sauce,
    eggs are yummy, love avocado on top of toast or tomato
    when in season,but must get some steamed greens in there!!

  • julia April 10, 2011, 10:43 am

    For about a year I ate spinach omlette everyday! Haha now I can’t even look at eggs…. I like both sweet and savory breakfats….I always try to get a bunch of protein in….except for on my birthday I like having cupcakes or donuts! 🙂

  • Elizabeth April 10, 2011, 10:51 am

    i like savoury the most. spinach in scrambled eggs or an omelette is good. I had an omelette at a restaurant once with goat cheese, spinach, peppers, onions, bacon and topped with a slice of avacado. it was sooo good. I think I might need to recreate it soon.

    i do like sweeter breakfasts sometimes, too. french toast. mmmm

  • Heather April 10, 2011, 10:54 am

    I love hsving veggiesfor breakfast! Scrambled eggs and salad is one of my favourite combinations!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 10, 2011, 10:59 am

    I love sweet breakfast. I very rarely eat savory breakfasts, but I know what you mean about collards. Every time theres a family get together there are always mushy brown collards drenched in animal fat. Ew.
    Those actually look really good.

  • Flo April 10, 2011, 11:02 am

    Only if Im hungover and have a fry up…maybe a few mushrooms will rear their heads 😉
    On the whole spinach smoothies play a big part in my breakfast routine. I may have to give these steamed greens a go though!

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 10, 2011, 11:04 am

    I’ve never had collards, they must be good though, especially when they aren’t cooked until they turn to mush!

    I love fruit for breakfast but when I go out to breakfast I often get something different, like a tom/spin/feta omelet – YUM!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 10, 2011, 11:15 am

    I do have vegetables for breakfast sometimes! Make me feels soooo good starting out the day like that!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine April 10, 2011, 11:17 am

    As much as I love veggies, I just can’t eat them for breakfast. Ironically, I always order savory brunch, though- my body just needs a few hours to wake up before it can handle greens!

  • jen @ taste life April 10, 2011, 11:19 am

    Mmm, that preparation of collards sounds delicious!

    I sometimes eat veggies with breakfast, either with eggs or tofu. Usually I’m a fruit girl, though.

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) April 10, 2011, 11:21 am

    I definitely prefer a savory breakfast over a sweet one. I’d much rather have an egg or tofu scramble, teeming with vegetables. On weekdays I stick with oatmeal, PB and fruit (usually some sort of berry), but I’m always looking forward to the weekends when I really go all out with the scrambles!

    I’m glad to see you like collards! Most people think of them just the way you described (mushy, meaty, overly salty), but it’s my goal to make everyone love them. I prepare them the exact same way,sometimes with a squirt of lemon and some garlic, too! Nom, nom.

    • Stephanie C April 10, 2011, 5:45 pm

      I came here to add just that – adding lemon to the steaming process really brings out some great flavour

  • April April 10, 2011, 11:24 am

    I like a variety of brekkie options. My latest fave is roasted asparagus, scrambeled eggs, and toast. If in the mood for sweet it is oatmeal with fruit.

  • Jamie AKA "Sometimes Healthy Girl" April 10, 2011, 11:37 am

    It all depends on the day…yesterday I wanted sweet so I got Challah French Toast with Bananas Foster. Today it will be savory!

  • Ashley @ the fit academic April 10, 2011, 11:38 am

    I love veg for breakfast, but I’ve never really been a fan of collared greens. Something about them just turns me off. Peppery or something?

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 10, 2011, 11:39 am

    That looks fabulous! I don’t know if I’d consider my breakfasts “sweet,” but I tend to wait until lunch for my veggies. Hope the sun peaks out for you!

  • Hats @ See How She Runs April 10, 2011, 11:41 am

    I will eat ANYTHING for breakfast. Well, anything that is already in my diet. So that would be ‘normal’ breakfasts such as porridge/oatmeal, oatbran, toast, jam, nut butters, cereal, etc, to leftovers from the day before ranging from cold curry to nut roast with all the trimmings (including greens!). I have a strong stomach and everything sits well with me – it just depends what I’m in the mood for. A lot of my friends think it’s weird, but as long as I eat a balanced meal who cares what it’s made up of?

    After getting a Vitamix I’ve been on a green smoothie kick. So much so that I’ve even started craving them if I don’t manage to have one for breakfast.

    In my opinion, badly cooked vegetables during childhood (especially ones at school, ick) are responsible for a lot of people thinking they don’t like them. Overcooked greens must be one of the worst offenders!

  • Miranda @ working mom works out April 10, 2011, 11:46 am

    I’m a fruit person for breakfast unless the veggies are stirred into an omelet. Collards steamed and in an omelet? I can get behind that 😀

  • Kiran April 10, 2011, 11:49 am

    Preferably sweet, but love savory breakfast too. I like adding greens in eggs, holy yum!

  • Amber K April 10, 2011, 11:53 am

    I always have something sweet in the morning. 90% of the time it’s overnight oatmeal. I just can’t imagine attempting to cook something while I’m still half asleep 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 10, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I always have a sweet breakfast! My sweet tooth is always raging in the mornings. 😀

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit April 10, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I do eat veggies for breakfast sometimes (usually with eggs), and I always feel great when I do. But most mornings I go for something sweet 🙂

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks April 10, 2011, 12:08 pm

    It’s pretty much a given that if I have any left over vegetables in my fridge that they will be paired with eggs the next morning. Doesn’t matter what they are, brussels sprouts, broccoli, peppers, parsnips, potatoes, asparagus, eggplant…whatever. It all goes well with eggs!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset April 10, 2011, 12:09 pm

    I like to start the day with a sweet breakfast, but the occasional egg/veggie combo in the morning sounds like a nice substitute once in awhile!
    Thanks for the idea 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple April 10, 2011, 12:30 pm

    I’ve never had collard greens before. They sound like they would be good with eggs, though! I usually don’t have vegetables with breakfast unless it’s more of a brunch and I get an omelet 🙂

  • Parita @ myinnershakti April 10, 2011, 12:37 pm

    It really just depends for me…sometimes I want something sweet like a smoothie or oatmeal and sometimes I go for the veggie omelette. I’ve never had collard greens before, so I may have to try this out!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) April 10, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I am all about savory breakfasts! So this is right up my alley. Any way that I can get greens in at breakfast makes me HAPPY too. 🙂

  • Katherine: Unemployed April 10, 2011, 1:02 pm

    this so reminds me of my grandpa; collard greens are very good for you!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 10, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I always like to do fruit + greek yogurt (or oatmeal) for brekkie… Sundays are special though and are usually more laid back and relaxed! It wasn’t until I came south that I had collards– I love ’em!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 10, 2011, 1:08 pm

    It is an icky day outside here too–it is snowing!! 🙁

    The only time I have veggies for breakfast are in the form of a green monster or chopped veggies in my eggs.

  • Hannah @ Healthy Life April 10, 2011, 1:11 pm

    It’s really strange, as I do not have a sweet tooth at all, but I only ever have sweet things for breakfast! Smoothies, oatmeal with fruit, yogurt with fruit etc. I’ve never thought about that before!

  • Haleigh April 10, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I often eat vegetables for brunch, but not usually for breakfast. I just can’t stomach them so early in the morning.

    I’ve actually never tried collard greens, but eggs and toast is one of my favorite meals- breakfast or otherwise 😉

  • Kris April 10, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I got used to eating fresh tomatoes at breakfast when we were in Greece and Turkey. They go great w/ savory breakfast foods. I love greens, and right now I’m on a kale kick, so pretty much everything right now goes on a bed of kale, including eggs. And most of the time I prefer raw kale, or very lightly steamed.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence April 10, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Sometimes I’ll have veggies in my omelets, but that’s about as crazy as I get 🙂

  • stace April 10, 2011, 1:43 pm

    Looks really good. I have always been afraid of collard greens for that same reason. I only have greens for breakfast in smoothies but I wouldn’t be against it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 10, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I love love LOVE collards!! But for breakfast.. i’m more about the sweet.

  • Blair April 10, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I definitely eat veggies at breakfast occasionally.

    I’ve been to Israel,where salads at breakfast, lunch, and dinner are a way of life.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 10, 2011, 1:50 pm

    I like to have veggie omelets for breakfast or else I’ll throw some spinach into my smoothies. I don’t know if I’ve ever had collard greens!

  • Stevie April 10, 2011, 1:51 pm

    I like to put butternut squash in my oatmeal. I’ll throw in some cheese for a savory version or maple syrup if I want something sweet! Sunflower butter is my favorite topping for it.

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef April 10, 2011, 2:21 pm

    mmm i usually eat sweet breakfasts but occasionally when i make eggs i’ll add some veggies to them. or green monsters of course 🙂

  • caitlin April 10, 2011, 2:25 pm

    I’m so obsessed with brussel sprouts that sometimes I eat them for breakfast. I roast up some b.sprouts and side them with eggs. so good. so so good 🙂

  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 10, 2011, 2:32 pm

    I love veggies at breakfast! I almost always have mushrooms and kale in my break egg whites! Such a good start to the day.

    I’m not sure I’ve tried collard greens though!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 10, 2011, 3:00 pm

    most of the time, I need sweet, actually, just cinnamon, but if I’m having a “special” breakfast, I usually want eggs!

  • Annie April 10, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Do you bake the rosemary bread or buy it? Looks delish…

  • Annie April 10, 2011, 3:10 pm

    Do you bake the rosemary bread or buy it? Looks delish…

  • Lara April 10, 2011, 3:27 pm

    Greens are great in the morning- my go-to breakfast lately is an egg white omelet on toast with sauteed spinach and mushrooms 🙂

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In April 10, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Usually the only veggies I would get a breakfast would be spinach in a green monster! Omelettes tend to be more dinner food for me. Looks so yummy and fresh!

  • Tamicka April 10, 2011, 4:00 pm

    I have been known to got to brueggers in the morning and get a leonardo de veggie. So I guess i do like veggies at breakfast

  • Kristin @ FoodFash April 10, 2011, 4:18 pm

    Breakfast avocados all the way!

  • Lana April 10, 2011, 5:56 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE eating vegetables for b-fast. I actually prefer it to sweet breakfast because it doesn’t give me a sugar crash with the late morning lull. My favorite combo is steamed spinach, sweet potatoes and squash!

  • Chad April 10, 2011, 7:12 pm

    I think heaven will smell like rosemary bread.

  • BroccoliHut April 10, 2011, 7:39 pm

    I love veggies for breakfast! They’re the best with savory oats (hello, broccoli and cheddar!).

  • Kristen April 10, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I’m a total savory person, especially in the morning I can’t even think of sweets. I never thought of a side a veggies though! I love that idea!

  • Crystal April 10, 2011, 8:38 pm

    I enjoy sweeter breakfasts probably 75% of the time, but some mornings I wake up with a HUGE craving for something savory. I almost always ends up involving eggs.

  • Lisa April 10, 2011, 8:54 pm

    I am a savory person, because sweet foods (no matter how healthy) usually end up screwing with my blood sugar. My usual breakfast (for at least 5 or 6 mornings a week, if not all) is an egg, cheese, and spinach sandwich with avocado and ketchup. Best.thing.ever! I literally wake up excited to eat it every day! 🙂

  • Jackie April 10, 2011, 10:05 pm

    I had a savoury breakfast this morning too. I made savoury oatmeal with an over-easy egg, arugula, avocado and salt & pepper. it really hit the spot!

  • Jolene ( April 10, 2011, 11:11 pm

    I have never had collard greens, but I want to try them! I have veggies in an omelet, or in a green monster at breakfast.

  • Andreea @ Journey To USA April 11, 2011, 12:24 am

    I’m on the sweet side, but I actually know people that could eat reaheated soup in the morning. How crazy is that? BUt we’re talking about my grandpa so..

    Eating a savory breakfast fels like I’m eating my lunch and doesn’t satisfy me. Breakfast is like dessert time, only not too sweet. I couldn’t eat a chocolate bar or a protein far. It doesn’t fill me up !

  • Charise April 11, 2011, 9:51 am

    I don’t do much in the way of sweet stuff for breakfast except for fruit because of blood sugar issues, so I’m all for veggies in breakfast! Especially in omelets or scrambles – my latest favorite is to saute onion + red bell pepper + garlic + spinach and then crack in two eggs and scramble it all up for a minute (I like mine “wet” scrambled, not too overcooked!) + a little feta or cheddar.

  • Audrey April 11, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I love to eat vegetables with my breakfast. In fact, I love to eat tomatoes and broccoli on the side of my main dish.

  • Jessica April 11, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I almost always include veggies in my breakfast! I have even made it a habit to add spinach (fresh or frozen, chopped) into my oatmeal. It sounds weird but it’s really good and I feel like I get a serving (or at least half) of vegetables first thing in the morning. But I am also obsessed with egg sandwiches with kale – I have one at least once a week. Ill have to try that collard recipe, too 🙂

  • Melissa April 13, 2011, 9:09 am

    Looks delicious! One of my favorite breakfasts is sauteed kale (with mushrooms and onions) and eggs. Yum!

  • Jennifer April 13, 2011, 11:09 am

    Breakfast is not my favorite thing ever, but I love making quick veggie omlettes or scrambles in the morning! My go-to: fresh mushrooms and spinach (that I sautee with the teensiest bit of olive oil before I add my egg whites), a touch of garlic and some Mrs.Dash. I add a piece of whole wheat toast and usually a small portion of fruit and I’m ready to take on the day! Yummers! I’m excited to try these delicious collard greens prep both for their nutrient content as well as something to shake up my normal breakfasts!

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