Collard Greens Braised with Bacon, Tomato and Rice

This is hearty, healthy comfort food - yeah, I just said bacon and healthy in the same breath. It only takes a tiny bit of bacon to get that delicious flavor; tomatoes and a little chicken broth add to the umami. I used oven-roasted tomatoes in had in the freezer from last year's garden. Collard greens are great tasting and great for you. I don't think they're bitter at all, but maybe it's one of those genetic things where people have different tastebuds. Rice soaks up the flavor and makes this a full meal. It's fast, too!

1 or 2 strips bacon, chopped
1 bunch collard greens
1 T. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 can (14 oz.) tomatoes or 1/2 C. roasted tomatoes
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
1 C. rice
Salt and pepper

Brown bacon in a large skillet on medium heat. Remove stems from collards and chop into 1-inch pieces. Add olive oil, onions and collards to the skillet, and cook until softened. Add tomatoes, broth and rice, and simmer for 20 minutes, until rice is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Serves 2.


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