Lazy Oven recipes

A Green And Healthy Meal: Slow Cooker Balsamic Collard Greens

One of the best side dish you will ever make to pair with pork, chicken or beef.

My hubby and I love having side dishes as part of our meal. It gives the meal a more appetizing feel. And most of the time, we love having something green or leafy or more on the veggie side for our side dish.

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If you are going for a more vegetarian meal then you can definitely omit the bacon and use paprika instead and used vegetable stock in replace of chicken broth. So this recipe is actually a win-win if you have guests who are vegetarians or if you are leading a healthier diet. So try the recipe out and tell me what you think.

Check out the recipe below.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Collard Greens


3 bacon slices

1 cup chopped onion

1 (16-ounce) package chopped fresh collard greens

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 bay leaf

1 (14.5-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon honey



Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add collard greens, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until greens begin to wilt, stirring occasionally.

Place collard green mixture, salt, and next 3 ingredients (through broth) in a 3-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Combine balsamic vinegar and honey in a small bowl. Stir vinegar mixture into collard greens just before serving. Sprinkle with bacon.

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