Delicious (and Easy) Ways to Eat More Greens During the Winter

Stay healthy this season with these tasty, easy-to-prepare winter vegetables
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Delicious (and Easy) Ways to Eat More Greens During the Winter

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Eat more green vegetables when the weather gets cold with these easy ideas.

Arugula

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Arugula is a supremely underrated salad builder. Combine it with pecans or walnuts, dried cranberries, and crumbles of fresh goat cheese for a delicious first course. If you’re not a fan of salad, try tossing it with pasta and fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Bok Choy

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Superbly delicious and ridiculously nutritious, boy choy is a vegetable that you should be integrating into your meals. Whether you sauté it with fresh garlic or serve cold with hummus, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this cruciferous gem.

Broccoli Rabe

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The prime pasta (and pizza) partner. Chop up some broccoli rabe, sauté with fresh garlic and olive oil, and toss with orecchiette, spicy sausage, and cheese. If you’re in the mood for pizza, try broccoli rabe as your next pizza topping with sundried tomatoes and Taleggio. The vivid flavor and distinct texture prove an ideal additive to many of your favorite weeknight creations.

Brussels Sprouts

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Forget your mom’s boiled Brussels sprouts. Sauté these miniature green buds in your favorite skillet with fresh garlic, pancetta, and orange blossom honey. The Brussels sprouts will become charred and velvety, forever altering your view of this flavorful vegetable. 

Cabbage

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Cabbage is the perfect base for winter soups. Combine with root vegetables, seasonings, and chopped meat and you’ve got a quick and hearty meal. Make this soup in your slow cooker for added convenience.

Kale

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Kale chips: crispy, seasoned, healthy. This is a whole new way to cook kale, and it is super easy to accomplish. Toss small pieces of kale leaves in oil, season them, bake until crispy but not browned, and serve. As an added bonus, this healthy snack can be a great way to introduce kids to kale!

Leeks

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Whether you serve them in a quiche or in a potato soup, leeks are likely to become one of your favorite winter vegetables. They’re delicious and fragrant and add amazing flavor to some of your simpler winter dishes.

Romaine Lettuce

Not many people have gotten into cooking their romaine lettuce — until now. For a killer stir-fry, combine romaine, rice wine, garlic, seasonings, and sesame oil. Or, click here for some of our best stir-fry recipes and appreciate your wok in a whole new light.

Spinach

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Spinach is packed with iron and calcium and is the perfect green additive to your morning smoothie. Combine it with blueberries and banana for a vitamin-packed and very tasty breakfast on the go.