Southern Paleo Whole30 Semi-Healthy Turnip Greens

Happy Friday people! This recipe comes to you out of a moment of desperation at the local Sunflower (its like a tiny grocery store) where I was attempting to shop for groceries, and had the following item on my list: vegetable.  While Sunflower does not abound with selection, I wanted variety and noticed they had an impressive array of large leafy greens.  When in Rome (i.e. rural Mississippi), right?

I’ve since made this recipe 3 times, so obviously the Johnsons are fans.  I don’t recall eating greens of any form in my life prior to this, so I’m filing this under ‘I can’t believe I didn’t try this sooner’, right next to cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Perhaps my taste buds are going extinct in my old age, but actually Ransom even eats these, albeit in tiny bits.  He loves bacon though. Who doesn’t?  So here’s the recipe, taken straight from the reputable source ‘‘.

I think that technically, if you use the correct type of bacon, this recipe is shockingly both Paleo and Whole30 friendly.  Maybe its kind of healthy too, as leafy green things tend to be.  Except the healthiness probably gets all neutralized by the bacon grease.  I don’t know.. I like bacon though.  Certainly this is more healthy than say, kraft mac-n-cheese.

You will need:

  • 4 or more slices of bacon, chopped into 2-inch pieces.  {I don’t think you can use too much here.}
  • 2-3 bunches of turnip greens
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 red pepper flakes, optional
  • salt, to taste

turnip_greens (2)This looks like a lot, but trust me it cooks WAAAAAAAAY down.


1.  Open the bundles and rinse the greens at least 3 times in cold water. (Otherwise they’ll be a little ‘gritty’.)

2.  Cut out large stems and chop. I use the following technique on large stems.

turnip_greens (3)Slicing off the stem.

3.  Cook bacon in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until it begins to brown; add onions and continue cooking, stirring, until onions are softened.

turnip_greens (4)Nothing will make your house smell more awesome than frying bacon and onions together.

4. Add the garlic, pepper, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute longer.

5. Add the greens, a little at a time, until wilted.

6. Add the chicken broth and bring back to a boil.

turnip_greens (5)That’s right, WAAAAAY down.

7.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour. Taste and add salt, if needed. You will need the salt if you skimped on bacon, you health nut you.

8.  Eat!

turnip_greens (1)Greens are the least photogenic dish on the planet, so I added a chevron background. Boom.

Up next for me: Collards? Beets? Artichokes?

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