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Yummy Pasta with Collard Greens

What you need: 

2 tablespoon olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic (crushe'd or minced)
1 teaspoon each of oregano and basil
2 cups collard greens or kale (finely chopped)
1 or 2 chopped green onions
1/2 cup of pine nuts
2-3 cups of pasta of choice (penne is best)

What you do: 

Collard greens and kale are a most excellent source of calcium. They can be used interchangably in this recipe but I prefer the collard greens.
Chop collard greens finely. Place in a microwave safe dish cover with lid and microwave approximately 4 minutes.
In a fry pan on low heat saute oil, garlic, and green onion until fragrant (about 3-4 minutes). Add basil and oregano and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add collard greens and pine nuts.
Toss with cooked pasta. If it is too dry just add more olive oil. Enjoy in vegan bliss!!!
Note: All measurements are approximate. Vary to your liking.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
2
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I tried a version of this. I used a ton more collards (they're going crazy in my garden), some extra garlic, and some yellow squash. I also substituted chopped up peanuts for the pine nuts. It turned out great. I think it would be even better with some kind of creamy or nutritional yeast cheesy sauce.

***EDIT***
Forgot to mention I steamed the collards instead of microwaving them.

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Very tasty recipe, thanks!  I went ahead and microwaved my collard greens and they came out crispy, though, is that supposed to happen?  I guess I will try steaming them next time. 

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Yes, I second that about microwaves.  Just think about how you FEEL when you eat your food straight out of a microwave versus cooked on the stove:  it isn't the same, it feels somehow..different, and not in a good way.  Scientific journals or no scientific journals, do what feels good and right to do to your food.  And as you can see, my choice is always if possible to do without the microwave..

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