Thanksgiving Goodness: 5 Ways to Use Leftover Collard Greens

Ways to Use Leftover Collard Greens

I have absolutely fallen in love with so many of the Thanksgiving sides I eat each year. But finding a way to use leftover collard greens can be tricky.

Preparing them the first time is simple. Whether it's turnip, mustard, or collard, a little bit sauteed in a pan with olive oil, garlic, kosher salt and red pepper flakes is the best side dish ever.  With the holidays coming up, it's likely to make an appearance at your family table.

I find that it's easiest to cook a big batch by getting the pre-washed and pre-cut bags of collard greens at the supermarket.  They take all the hard work out of preparing, and it feeds a family my size with no problems. No trimming or washing it needed. Just slice them up a bit and toss them in the pan!

But what if there are leftover collard greens?

I can't imagine having any left, but -- in case you do -- here are 5 ways to enjoy these tasty, nutritious little leaves, over and over again.


Ways to Use Leftover Collard Greens


1. In a breakfast burrito.  

Yes! You will love having a little green goodness in your next morning wrap.  My favorite involves putting a little sausage, sauteed mushrooms, shredded cheddar, scrambled farm-fresh eggs, and the greens in a flour tortilla -- wrapped up for convenience.  My kids really do adore this dish.

2. In a quiche.

Noticing a trend here? Basically, if you can add spinach to it, you can sub out collard greens.  Make your favorite quiche recipe and put in enough of the green stuff to give color and flavor!

3.  Pasta and Lasagna.

Layer the meat sauce and noodles with a little bit of greens when making lasagna, or put a cup of greens in your sauce in the final moments before tossing with the noodles.

4.  In soups and stews.  

There is no reason you can't toss some of the greens any just about ANY soup or stew you cook.  Recipes like our Quick and Simply Pantry Sausage and Kale Soup can benefit from additional greens OR skip the kale and just toss in our already-delicious leftover collards!

5.  On pizza.

It doesn't need to be a veggie pizza, either.  Just put the greens underneath the cheese to hide it from kids, but keep the amazing flavor!

What other ways can you think of to use up leftover collard greens?