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Sweet Potato Collard Greens Recipe For The Everyday Cook

Collard Greens Recipe

I’ve never prepared a collard greens recipe before, but today, I woke up and decided that I was going to put my cooking skills to the test and play around my kitchen. I went to my local Walmart, picked up a few ingredients and started brainstorming.

I didn’t want to make my recipe super bland and boring, so I decided I would add in a few extra ingredients to give it a bit of juiciness. Luckily I had some sweet potatoes at home, as well as some bacon and a bit of leftover chicken stock I had prepared to make a previous recipe, so I decided to use the ingredients with my collard greens.

Collard Greens Recipe

Collard Greens Recipe

I didn’t think for a second that this recipe would turn out super amazing, but I was really shocked at the taste after I had finished preparing it. I even ended up making a new batch the next morning, because It was so delicious.

And so to bring you guys into my kitchen today, I decided I would show you how I prepare this awesome collard greens recipe using just a few basic ingredients.

Sweet Potatoes Collard Greens Recipe

To start off, I made sure to fry the bacon as the very first step. Initially, I thought of just combining every ingredient into one pot and allowing it to simmer. But knowing how much I love my bacon looking crispy and tender, I decided to cook it separately. It made a huge difference to the overall meal.

Collard Greens Recipe

Collard Greens Recipe

I chose to use sweet potato instead of Irish because I felt this meal just needed a bit of sweetness to it. Irish potato can taste very bland when combined with veggies, so choosing sweet potato made a huge difference in the flavour.

Adding curry as one of my major spices also made this meal have a bit more richness in taste. If I stuck to regular salt and pepper, I feel like the results would have turned out different. So I’m glad I threw some curry into the mix.

One thing I really liked about preparing this meal was simply the fact that I made it all in one pan. I like simplicity in my cooking, and sticking to one pan made it so much quicker and easier to prepare.

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Sweet Potato Collard Greens Recipe

Collard greens recipe combined with diced sweet potatoes and bacon. 
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 693kcal


  • 1 lb collard greens - chopped
  • 1 red onion - diced
  • 1 sweet potato - diced
  • 6 oz bacon
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp curry
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ cup chicken stock - unsalted
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin


  • Heat vegetable oil in a medium-sized pot on low to medium heat and throw in the chopped bacon. Allow bacon to fry for about 10 mins. Once done, set aside on a paper towel. 
  • On medium heat, using the same pan, add in your chopped onions and allow the onions fry until the redness starts to fade.
  • Add in your spices (curry, oregano, salt, pepper, cumin) and mix.
  • Throw in your chopped sweet potatoes, chicken stock, and chopped collard greens. Cover the pan for about 10 mins to steam. 
  • After 10 mins, mix well and cover for an additional 15-20 mins max on low heat. 
  • Once fully cooked, add in bacon and combine
  • Serve with white rice or whatever you prefer. 


Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1334mg | Potassium: 1191mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 27660IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 594mg | Iron: 3mg
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