Soul food has nourished African American families for centuries. Even today, almost all of our gatherings are surrounded by this cuisine. Delicious as it may be, its tastiness far outweighs the health benefits.

Here are five pleasing comfort food recipes that will have you asking for seconds while leaving the bad stuff behind.

Smoky Collard Greens
2 pounds collard greens, rinsed and chopped
3 cups of water
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. of your favorite seasoning (Mrs. Dash, Spike, etc.)
2 tbsp. liquid smoke

Heat olive oil in skillet. Saute garlic until light brown. Add collard greens. Toss greens in oil until wilted. Add water and all seasonings.

Bring to a boil. Cook until greens are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.

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