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Southern Style Collard Greens

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of Kidney Patients – this recipe was prepared, tested and photographed by Traiteur I Sapori Catering – Chef Patrizia Di Cori

Southern Style Collard Greens

Most greens get a bad rap for being high in potassium when actually it is the portion consumed that makes the difference. Many people eat more than 1/2 cup. Stay within the suggested portion to keep potassium down. For an easy stock, bring a turkey wing in 2 quarts of water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for an hour. If you don’t have time to make your own stock use chicken broth with no salt added. For a more complete meal, add cooked chicken or turkey meat to the greens.


4 cups homemade chicken or turkey broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound chopped collard greens


In a large pot, heat oil and butter on medium heat.
Add onion and saute for 2 minutes or until tender.
Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook 1 minute.
Add collard greens and cook 1 minute.
Add enough stock to cover greens (about 4 cups) and bring to a simmer.
Cook until greens are tender, about 40 to 50 minutes.

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 95 KCal
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fibre: 1.8 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Sodium: 203 mg
  • Phosphorus: 44 mg
  • Potassium: 249 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 8

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

1 vegetable

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup

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