These greens make a super flavorful side dish, or a topping to rice if you chop everything down well. You can use any dark hearty green here, like kale, spinach, collards, etc. - I chose some beautiful chard.
Serves 6 as a side
- 2 tsp oil (I like coconut, olive, or canola for this)
- 1 sweet onion, sliced into thin strips
- 4-6 medium mushrooms, diced
- 1 tbsp minced or roasted garlic
- 1 1/2-2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1/2-2 cups canned full-fat coconut milk*
- 1 large bunch chard (or similar dark leafy green), chopped into 1” strips**
- salt & pepper
- fried onions, to top (optional)
*The canned coconut milk is super thick, almost like cooking with heavy cream. I wouldn’t substitute with other kinds of milk or use the “lite” version - the predominant flavor in this dish is the luxurious coconut flavor, balanced out by the savory broth.
**If you’re using a tougher green, like kale or collards, make sure to de-stem the leaves, as they’re tough and fibrous and hard to eat, even after cooking.
1. Prep your veggies.
2. Heat the oil in a big pan on medium high. Toss in the onion and mushroom, and stir around until you get some nice browning.
3. Turn the heat to medium. Add the garlic. As the veggies start to stick to the pan, pour in equal parts broth and milk a tablespoon at a time to unstick the pan. Let cook for about 10 minutes, until everything is a beautiful golden brown and softened. Keep adding broth & milk as the veg sticks to the pan - reserving about 1/4 cup of each for the end.
4. Add in the greens and the rest of your liquid, and stir everything to combine. Cover the pan, turn the heat to medium-low, and let steam for 7-10 minutes. I checked the pan a few times during this part just to be sure I wasn’t overcooking it. You want the greens to be really tender, with little to no chewiness left.
5. Once they’re ready, salt & pepper to taste. Depending on the strength of your broth, you may want more or less salt - totally up to you!
6. Serve hot. Sprinkle on fried onions if you like as a crunchy contrast to the creamy greens. Enjoy!