Friday, September 19, 2014

Flavorful Friday- 2 Side Veggies- Broccoli and Collard Greens Recipes!

Flavorful Friday!  2 Side Veggies- Broccoli and Collard Greens

Happy Friday, everyone!  For today's Flavorful Friday edition, I thought I would bring you two side dishes that are well-loved in our home and kitchen, Sautéed Broccoli and Sautéed Collard Greens.  We all have busy lives and sometimes bringing a wholesome, nutritious dinner to the table can seem daunting at best.  Here are two recipes that are quick, easy, flavorful, and nutritious!  The recipes call for frozen veggies, which are a go-to in my kitchen on busy days, or days when my energy is low.  While fresh is generally best, frozen is the next best alternative as foods are preserved at the peak of their freshness and no salt, preservatives, or other chemicals are added.  Buy organic if you can for the best, highest quality foods.  You can also buy fresh veggies on sale and freeze them for later use.

These sides go great with just about anything, from Roasted Chicken or Salmon Cakes, to basic beef, chicken, or pork meals.  I would love to hear what you pair these veggies with and how it goes in your own kitchen!

I'm here to serve, so let me hear from you with requests on what you would like to read about from this Country Mama Hippie Chic!

Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

(And to those in the Plano area, the Plano Balloon Festival is this weekend!)

~Country Mama Hippie Chic
AKA Brandi Schunk

Sautéed Broccoli

Sautéed Broccoli Recipe


½ Tbsp Unrefined Coconut Oil
1- 14oz Bag Frozen Broccoli Florets
1 Tbsp Organic Butter
¼ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
¼ tsp Red Chili Pepper Flakes (optional)


Heat 8” cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add all ingredients to pan in order listed above, then stir and cover for 3-4 minutes.  Remove lid, stir and then cook for 5-10 minutes until desired tenderness is reached, stirring occasionally.  Serves 2-3 side portions.

  • ·      Serve topped with Grated Parmesan Cheese.
  • ·      Serve topped with Sesame Seeds.
  • ·      Leave off Red Chili Pepper Flakes for a mild version.

 Sautéed Collard Greens

Sautéed Collard Greens Recipe


¼ C Slivered Almonds
2 Tbsp Bacon Grease, Butter, Ghee, or Unrefined Coconut Oil
1- 12oz Bag Frozen Chopped Collard Greens
¼ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Ground Pepper Medley, or to taste


Add Slivered Almonds to a dry 8” skillet.  Turn heat to medium-low and allow almonds to toast for 3-5 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds to a minute to keep them from scorching.  Once Almonds are lightly browned, add Bacon Grease, Butter, Ghee or Coconut Oil to pan and stir.  Add Frozen Chopped Collard Greens, Celtic Sea Salt, and Ground Pepper Medley to pan and stir.  Increase heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.  Serves 2-3 side portions.

  • ·      Sesame Seeds can be used in place of Slivered Almonds.
  • ·      Mustard Greens can be used in place of Collard Greens.
  • ·      Serve topped with Grated Parmesan Cheese.

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