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Healthy Saint Patrick's Day Dinner

On Friday’s, BurgerFit CEO Alane Boyd gets creative with BurgerFit burgers and Koops’ Mustard! Alane uses ingredients from her home to create deliciously, Healthy Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner recipes with Koops’ Organic Dijon mustard!

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The perfect excuse to serve a green dinner

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The perfect healthy Saint Patrick’s Day dinner recipes to get your kids eating greens! This Braised Collard Greens side dish and BurgerFit burger recipe are dairy-free, paleo, sugar-free, and gluten-free! Take full advantage of this green holiday as the perfect excuse to serve a green (and healthy!) dinner. It can also be the start of an epic sword fight with your kids using the stem of the collard greens!

healthy st. patrick's day dinner

Food play is a fun and important part of learning to eat new foods. Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a struggle and when you feel like you’re not winning the battle, you have to get creative! Finding ways to engage them with healthy eating is key and it doesn’t always have to start with eating the new foods at first. I know we were always taught to not play with our food but for kids, it is a way to understand and familiarize themselves with something that isn’t at the top of their list of foods to eat. If you don’t have collards on hand for this recipe, kale works great too! Save those stems and have a good sword fight.

Collard greens are packed with nutrients and vitamins and can often be found in any season of the year. Although your kids may not instantly love braised collard greens, I encourage you to at least make them try one bite. At mealtime, I always put a small bite of food that I know my 5-year-old doesn’t like but he has to at least one bite. My rule is: You don’t have to like it but you have to at least try it. If you or your kid never tries something, then you will never know if you like it. Just make sure their plate has other foods that they know and love alongside the new food they are trying!

In the recipe, I used olive oil but you could use any cooking fat that you prefer to cook with: coconut oil, avocado oil, rendered lard, tallow, etc. You could even cook a little bacon first and use the grease from it to cook the collard greens in! Yum!

I love using the Koops’ Organic Dijon Mustard in the Collard Greens recipe but you can experiment with any of the Koops’ Mustards! Some other ones that I think would be great in this recipe are:

Koops’ Mustards is so delicious on top of this burger recipe. My go-to most of the time is the Arizona Heat and Fletcher’s is the Honey Mustard.

healthy st. patrick's day dinner

Start playing with your food and have a sword fight with your kids using those collard green stems! -Alane

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gluten-free braised collard greens
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5 from 1 vote

Braised Collard Greens

This gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free, and dairy-free Braised Collard Greens, is the perfect, no-regrets side dish to any meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: collard greens, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, no-sugar, paleo
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 61kcal

Equipment

Iron skillet
Knife
Cutting board
Measuring spoons
Dry measuring cups

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet on medium and add the olive oil.
  • Add the onions and cook until fragrant and caramelized.
  • While the onions are cooking, chop up the collard greens.
  • Add the collard greens to the onions and cook until the greens start to wilt.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar, curry powder, Organic Koops' Mustard, and honey and stir until thoroughly combined. Add in the water 1 tbsp at a time if it starts to stick to the pan.
  • Turn down the heat to medium-low and continue cooking.
  • Sprinkle in a pinch of the BurgerFit Smoked Salt.
  • Move the collard greens to one side of the pan and add your BurgerFit burgers to cook.

Notes

  • Replace collard greens with other hardy greens or a combination of greens such as swiss chard, kale, and spinach.
  • Olive oil with any cooking fat that you prefer to cook with: coconut oil, avocado oil, rendered lard, tallow, etc. You could even cook a little bacon first and use the grease from it to cook the collard greens in! Yum!
  • Cook up some bacon with it for added deliciousness

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 903IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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Beans, Greens and Balsamic BurgerFit Burger
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Green Beans, Collard Greens & Balsamic Vinegar Burger

When people think of balsamic vinegar, they often think of putting it on mozzarella or salads. But I enjoy balsamic vinegar so much, I had to build a BurgerFit recipe with it. Once you try it, you won’t second guess putting it in a burger again!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic, collard greens, Easy, fall, green beans, Green Beans, Collard Greens & Balsamic Vinegar Burger, healthy, Summer, winter
Servings: 6 Burgers
Calories: 225kcal

Equipment

Skillet
Measuring spoons
Knife
Cutting board
Food processor
Large bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking fat
  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 1 10 oz bag of frozen or canned green beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar divided
  • 1 lb ground meat

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet on medium heat with 1 tablespoon cooking fat. Remove stems and rough chop the collard greens. Sauté the greens and green beans with ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Once the greens and green beans are cooked, add the greens, green beans, and garlic to the food processor (or finely chop). Let the mixture cool completely. 
  • In a large bowl, add the ground meat, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Gradually incorporate vegetable mixture into the ground meat. Add as much as you can while still being able to form your burgers as normal.
    *If you end up adding too much vegetable mixture, don’t worry! Just form your burgers and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Cook burgers on medium heat on the stove for 3-5 minutes each side or to your preference. Cooking times can vary.
  • Optional: Serve with a side of green beans over collard greens.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1590IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Replace collard greens with other hardy greens or a combination of greens such as swiss chard, kale, and spinach.

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2 Comments

  • Mary Lou says:

    5 stars
    I love eating greens especially when my favorite salad dressing is there. For St Patrick’s Day I am planning to make the Braised Collard Greens, I feel like my family will really like it.

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