Collard greens are one of the delicious and hearty vegetables that are in season in late winter. They’re packed with vitamins K and A, making them a great choice for you and your family. Collard greens are traditional in many Southern style dishes.
It is recommended that children do not eat collard greens until about six months of age. Before this time, nitrates in the vegetable can be dangerous to your baby. After six months, however, they are perfectly safe as long as they are pureed well to avoid excess stringiness that could be hard for babies to chew.
Although collard greens are typically cooked with ham hocks or other animal-based products, there are tons of ways to cook them vegetarian style as well! Here are some great healthy recipes for your baby:
Purple Potatoes and Collard Greens
- 1 purple potato
- 2 cups chopped baby collards
Peel potato and chop into half-inch cubes. Place on the bottom of a steamer basket over a saucepan with 1 inch of water. Put the two cups washed and chopped collards on top of the potatoes. Steam for about 8 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and blend using the cooking liquid. Adding water or olive oil may be necessary to keep the mixture from becoming stiff and starchy.
Beans, Collards, and Rice
- 1 cup collard greens, cooked
- 1 cup green beans, cooked
- 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup water
Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Have you tried Collard Greens with your little one yet? We would love to hear about your experience!
Written by: Chloe Cerino
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