Try this healthy dish full of greens, tasty turkey, and flavorful spices! You can also make it vegan if you prefer by leaving out the meat.

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3 cups water
2 lb. greens (mustard, turnip, collard, kale or mixture)

*Note: We have even tried this recipe vegan and it tasted just as good.

¼ lb. smoked turkey breast skinless or turkey legs (For vegan option, omit turkey

1 tbsp fresh hot pepper, chopped

(You can use a seasoning of hot pepper as well)

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon cloves, ground

2 cloves garlic, crushed

½ teaspoon thyme

1 stalk scallion, chopped

1 teaspoon ginger, ground

¼ cup onion, chopped


  1. Place all ingredients except greens into large saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Prepare greens by washing thoroughly and removing stems.
  3. Tear or slice leaves into bite-size pieces.
  4. Add greens to turkey stock. Cook for 20-30 minutes until tender.

Note: My special needs son loves to cook (mostly microwaveable items and easy prep items) but he has started watching YouTube videos of his favorite foods that he would love to learn how to cook by himself. We live in a digital world and these accommodations are really a huge step forward. Sometimes all it takes is a little patience and before you know it, your autistic adult son or daughter will be cooking you a five-course meal ;-).