Greens are amazing nutritional powerhouses. There are not too many other foods that give you as much nutrition for so few calories. A lot of people shy away from them thinking they are tough, bitter or take too long to cook, but they are surprisingly delicious when cooked well and quicker preparations are often the best ones.
My favorite thing to do with kale, collards or spinach is a method I learned from Alton Brown on his show Good Eats: Smash a few cloves of garlic with the side of a knife and slice a few more very thin. Clean your greens, remove any tough ribs, and tear them into smallish pieces. Heat a good glug of olive oil in a pan and swirl the smashed garlic cloves around until they get brown. Fish them out of the oil and throw in the sliced garlic, along with a handful of greens. Toss them in the garlicky oil until they wilt down and repeat with the rest of your greens. So good you'll want to eat all of them yourself, so good for you you actually could.
Because most greens have pretty strong flavors, they match well with things like garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon and even bacon, and you don't need a ton of those additions to boost the flavor. They're good in soups and stews as well....and there's a reason kale chips have become wildly popualr!
Epicurious has a good rundown of the different types of greens you might encounter as well as recipes to try. During the long winter when many fruits and vegetables are out of season, greens' versatility, flavor and nutritional punch can help you stay healthy and happy!
What's your favorite type of green to cook with, and how do you cook it?