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Ham Steak Over Wild Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of wild rice
  • 3 pounds of collard greens
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 8 oz ham steaks
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup red onion (chopped)

Directions:

  1. Begin preparing two packages of rice in one pot according to package directions. Take a break for about 20 minutes and then start step 2.
  2. While the wild rice is finishing cooking, remove the tough ribs from the collard greens (about 3 pounds), tear the leaves into bite sized pieces, wash them, and then pat dry.
  3. Heat about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil (preferably olive oil), in a skillet over medium heat, add the collard greens and stir to coat with the olive oil for about 1 minute. Push the greens to the side of the skillet.
  4. Quickly trim the fat from the 2-8 oz. pieces of ham steaks and discard the fat.
  5. Place the ham in the center of the skillet, add 1/3 cup of water and 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, cover the ham with the greens and then place a cover on the skillet and continue cooking on medium heat until the greens are tender and the ham steak is heated through.
  6. Serve by cutting each steak into 2 equal portions and then serve one portion on a plate along with fourth of the greens and fourth of the rice.

Notes:

  • Season, as desired, with garlic powder, onion powder and even a bit of red and/or black pepper. 
  • Make an extra batch of greens and roll up in a whole wheat tortilla for great lunches for your work days.
  • Serve with a side of fresh, sliced apples. 
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