Despite being born in Texas, raised in Louisiana, and residing in Tennessee, I was not brought up eating collard greens.* My mom apparently doesn’t have the taste for them, so they were never a staple around our house.
Lucky for me, my college dining hall largely stuck to a traditional southern menu: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cheese grits, fried okra, black eyed peas, and of course, collard greens. It was love at first bite. I have always liked green vegetables, and greens are no exception. When they aren’t overcooked, collards are a good source of calcium, folate, and Vitamin A.
At home, I like to cook my greens using this method since it preserves more of the nutrients: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/braised-greens.
If I’m eating out though, I prefer traditional greens, slow cooked and lots of flavor! So here is my review of Memphis’ selection of greens. This list is far from exhaustive, so you can rest easy knowing that your girl has plenty of opportunities to eat her green vegetables.
At one point Local took their spiked greens off of their menu. This was a little traumatic for me, but the greens are back now (hopefully for good!). They are a great alternative to fries. These greens are very spicy and are sometimes a little inconsistent. On a couple occasions they have been almost too spicy. It’s worth the risk of ordering them though, because when they are a good batch, they are really good. They also are topped with a pickled onion mix that is wonderfully tangy. Local’s greens are also vegetarian friendly.
Hog & Hominy
Photo credit: Urbanspoon - I was too busy eating my greens to document them
H&H has been praised in a slew of foodie magazines. While most critics concentrate on the restaurant’s unique approach to pizza and pork, the collards are one of the hidden gems on the menu. H&H’s greens are not vegetarian friendly as they are made with pork belly, ‘njuda (pork sausage), and hominy. They are a little pricey, but you’ll want to go ahead and get the whole order for yourself because they are too good to share.
Shown with okra and tomatoes of course.
Okay so Whole Foods isn’t distinctly Memphis, but our store almost always has greens available at the hot foods bar and they are one of my favorite things to eat there. Whole Foods’ greens are tender and tangy, without being spicy (likely a little bit of vinegar in them). Whole Foods’ greens are vegetarian, so they aren’t made using any bacon or ham. They are served with stewed tomatoes, which adds a little something extra.
You are probably having some doubts about someone who orders greens when there are BBQ nachos on the menu, but your misgivings are misplaced. The greens at Central BBQ are not only tasty, but they are a great compliment to a heavy BBQ meal. They aren’t as flavorful as some of the other greens on this list, but they are the best value.
*For non-southerners, I feel it is important to note that collard greens are not the same as turnip greens or mustard greens (although I like those too).
Well, that was an eventful morning. As I walked up to the YMCA for spin this morning I heard sirens, which isn’t unusual. It’s an urban area and there is always something going on. The sirens got louder though and two firetrucks pulled up in front of the Y. One of the staff members has some heart problems and had passed out.
Once the paramedics got everything situated, the Y went back to business and I headed upstairs to spin, but I felt very unnerved. This is the second time over a few short weeks I have been in a situation where paramedics had to be called and Miles was just telling me that the other day they had to call paramedics for a woman during a group run. I don’t like the feeling of knowing that if something bad happened, I’m not particularly well prepared to address it. Which is really unacceptable as runner. What if something happened to me? What if something happened to one of my fellow runners?
Jessica wrote a post about why we all need to get trained in first aid and CPR: http://www.runladylike.com/2014/03/20/first-aid-and-cpr-certification/
I did get certified in high school, but that was over ten years ago. It is definitely time for a refresher, so I am making a resolution to get re-certified by the end of the year.