Doc’s Collard Greens

///Doc’s Collard Greens

Doc’s Collard Greens

This modification of the classic collard greens recipe will give you that comfort food good feeling.



  • 2 bunches of whole Collard Greens
  • ½ red sweet pepper- chopped
  • 1 sweet white onion- chopped
  • 4 large cloves of garlic- chopped
  • ½ small smoked turkey drumstick- cut into small pieces
  • 2- Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)(consider using one of CMMD’s Ultra-Premium EVOO’s)
  • 1 quart of organic chicken stock
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar (optional)


  • Wash whole collard green leaves 10 times, soaking and squeezing and then draining water between each wash. After 2-3 washes, soak once with water with quarter cup of salt & a cup of white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes. Then resume soaking and rinsing process. Soak greens for total of about 1 hour.
  • Rip or cut hard middle vein from the center of each collard leaf and discard.
  • Slice or rip deveined collards. I prefer irregular, moderate size pieces (vs. fine strips)
  • Gently heat olive oil in a pot on medium that is sized to eventually accommodate all of the ingredients.
  • Add chopped garlic until it turns light gold.
  • Add chopped onions and red peppers.
  • When onions begin to soften, mix in smoked turkey chunks- stir and sauté for 15 -20 minutes on low heat.
  • Add 1 quart of organic chicken stock.
  • Add salt, fresh ground black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes.
  • Add collards and simmer at a very low heat at least until collards turn dark green.
  • OPTIONAL- Add Apple Cider Vinegar into the pot to taste when cooking is complete and/or to individual’s portion


Yield is 6 servings. Each serving counts as 1 vegetable and 2 LP’s (LP amount varies with number of ounces of smoked turkey used in pot per serving)

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By |2016-11-29T17:13:32+00:00November 29th, 2016|Diet Recipes, Side Dishes|

About the Author:

Barry H. Schiff, MD is proud to serve as our weight loss program’s Founder and Medical Director. His interest in weight management evolved from years of observing his patients experience the vicious cycle of recurring health issues which were direct consequences of being overweight, and have not been successfully addressed by the healthcare industry or by dieting.