Collard greens are a fabulously tasty member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family. They are rich in vitamins A,C,K and Folate, and also in minerals like calcium, making them a great addition to a vegetarian diet. Early summer is a great time to get into collard greens recipes, when you can buy bunches of tender young greens at the farmer’s market. Traditional collard greens recipes are slow-cooked with a smoked ham hock, but for a completely vegetarian, nitrate-free version, you can get the same flavor by braising them with smoked paprika. But you can also use collard greens in very non-traditional ways, in frittatas, soups, stews even shredded into strips for a deliciously spicy green Aglio e Olio Pepperoncino Pasta!