Meg Wolff’s Tasty Collards

by Carol Hess on May 22, 2011


Meg Wolff is quite the celebrity here in southern Maine.  She is a two-time cancer survivor (bone and breast) whose doctors more or less gave up on her. 

Twelve years later, she is the picture of good health and maintains a schedule that would fell a woman half her age with two good legs.  (Meg’s left leg was amputated due to cancer, and she wears a prosthesis.)

She has written several books, travels extensively spreading the word about the benefits of a plant-based diet, demonstrates healthy cooking recipes and techniques in person and on television, is featured in Kathy Freston’s book Veganist, and writes articles for The Huffington Post.  (I’m sure I’ve forgotten something!) 

Meg credits her macrobiotic diet and positive attitude with the miracle of her survival and the well-being she enjoys.  You’re going to want to check out all her books but especially her cookbook, “A Life in Balance: Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health.”  

This recipe isn’t in the cookbook.  I had the opportunity of watching Meg prepare it at a recent cooking demonstration.  Even better, I got to taste it, and it was delicious.  I think you’ll enjoy it, even if you aren’t used to eating greens.  It’s a great recipe with which to start your journey into Leafy Greens Land. 


1 bunch of collard greens (or kale), washed and sliced into ribbons

1 onion, sliced into half moons

2-3 cloves garlic, minced (optional – you can also use the roasted garlic in a jar)

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Chopped almonds (optional) 


Heat olive oil in a large skillet on a high flame.  Add onions, garlic, and salt and sauté 2-3 minutes.  Add greens and soy sauce and simmer another 4-5 minutes or until slightly wilted but not colorless.  Serve topped with almonds.

by Carol Hess


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avatar Paula Lee Bright September 6, 2011 at 8:42 am

Sounds awesome, and since I love the crucifer family, I can’t believe I’ve never tried it. I’ll fix that in the next few days. :)


avatar Carol Hess September 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Let me know what you think. And if you have any good recipes, crucifer-loving person that you are, please share them with us, okay?


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