Collards with Turkey Sausage and Shrimp

A staple in Cajun cooking, collard greens are a quick cook's best friend. While the leaves may seem tough, it's important to not overcook them for optimum flavor – five minutes is all you need.

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Nutritional Bonus: Thanks to nutritional powerhouse collard greens, one serving of this dish contains 161% of your recommended vitamin A intake. The fat-soluble nutrient (making turkey sausage a perfect pairing!) is key to maintaining a healthy immune system, eyes and skin. Look for vitamin A in brightly colored produce such as spinach, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and carrots.

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Prep Time
15 min
15 min


  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp each ground black pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail off
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 lean deli-fresh turkey sausages (7 oz), casings removed
  • 1 bunch collard greens (about 1 lb), stems removed and leaves chopped


  1. In a small bowl, mix together chile powder, paprika, salt, black pepper and cayenne. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp with 1 tsp spice mixture until coated.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a large sauté pan or wok on medium-high. Add shallots and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, until softened. Add shrimp and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 more minutes, until just turning pink. Transfer shallot-shrimp mixture to a bowl and return pan to heat.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in pan. Add sausage and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, for about 3 minutes, until browned. Stir remaining spice mixture and collard greens into pan. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Remove lid, stir and cook for 2 more minutes. Add shallot-shrimp mixture back to pan, stir and cook for 1 more minute, until heated through. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 1/2 c
  • Calories 268
  • Carbohydrate Content 9 g
  • Cholesterol Content 209 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 35 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 608 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 3 g