Easy Vegan Collard Greens with Rice (Gluten-free)

Vegan collard greens and rice
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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I love eating collard greens, but I know not everyone enjoys leafy green vegetables as much as I do, but I am a firm believer that most people would actually love eating their greens (including collard greens) too if they were always spiced and cooked properly. This simple vegetarian and vegan recipe for collard greens adds just a few basic spices, including vegan margarine, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper to give them a bit of a kick as part of this vegetarian and vegan collard greens and rice dish. 

Vegetarian collard greens and rice can be served as a vegetable side dish, or, add some sauteed tofu or a baked tofu alongside to turn it into an entree. Collard greens with rice makes a nutritious and low-calorie vegetarian meal, and is also a great idea for anyone cooking and eating on a budget. Pairing rice, which is one of the cheapest foods you can find just about anywhere in the world, with something as nutritious as collard greens is a great way to fill up for cheap while still staying vegetarian, vegan, and healthy.

Need this recipe to be gluten-free as well? Just be sure to use a gluten-free vegetable broth, or, better yet, make your own, so you know exactly what's in it. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups collard greens (rinsed and chopped)
  • Dash pepper (or to taste)
  • Optional: dash cayenne pepper

How to Make It

  1. In a large pot, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the rice, vegan margarine, salt and red pepper flakes.
  2. Add the collard greens and bring to a slow simmer.
  3. Cover the pot and allow it all to cook over medium low heat until the rice is cooked and soft, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. In this particular dish, I personally prefer having the rice overcooked just a bit so it is nice and soft.
  1. Add a dash of black pepper and a bit more salt and red pepper flakes to taste. For a spicier dish, mix in a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or a dash of hot sauce) before serving.
  2. Makes four servings of collard greens and rice.

Nutritional Information, per serving:
Calories: 220
Fat: 3.8 g, 6% daily value
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 712mg, 30%
Dietary Fiber: 1.4g
Protein: 6.3g
Vitamin A 18%, Vitamin C 11%, Calcium 4%, Iron 13%

See also: More gluten-free vegan dinner ideas

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 217
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 682 mg
Carbohydrates 42 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)