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Collard greens with onions is a relatively easy to prepare vegan recipe that is great as a main dish or as a side dish. Preparation time is only about 10 minutes if using frozen collard greens, and an additional 5 minutes for each pound of fresh collard greens. Cooking time is about 20 minutes. Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for a few days.
We prefer cooking the collard greens in our microwave oven because it doesn't require constant attention, and we can be preparing other ingredients while the first ones are cooking.
Begin by peeling and dicing the onions. Place the diced onion in a covered baking dish for cooking in a microwave oven. Add some hot sauce or ground black pepper (to taste), and a little lemon juice, and mix well (we prefer the hot sauce). Cook on high until the onions begin to become translucent (about 5 minutes).
If using a covered pot for cooking on the stove top, or a wok, we suggest having all the ingredients prepared before you start cooking. We suggest stir frying in a little water to prevent sticking.
While the onions are cooking, wash, clean, and cut the fresh collard greens, if using them, into bite sized pieces with a knife or in a food processor. When the onions begin to become translucent, add the collard greens and continue cooking until the collard greens become tender (10-15 minutes). If using frozen chopped collard greens, just add them to the cooking container when the onions become semi-translucent and cook until the collard greens are tender.
If there is liquid in the bottom of the cooking vessel, we suggest thickening it with a little corn starch. 1 tsp. of corn starch will thicken 1/2 cup of liquid. (Place the corn starch in a small bowl or cup. Add just enough lemon juice to make a smooth soft paste with the corn starch.) Add the corn starch - lemon juice slurry to the other ingredients and mix well. Heat for another minute to ensure that all the liquid is thickened and is coating the other ingredients.
The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31): 'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV) Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!