In Season: 7 Sensational Sides Featuring Winter Greens

Does eating seasonally in colder months mean going without fresh produce? Not if you embrace your winter greens! Dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard are in season and loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals. Whip up one of these recipes for a flavorful and nutrient-dense side dish tonight.

Sauteed Kale with Smoked Paprika Strong and flavorful crushed red pepper and smoked paprika help balance the bitterness of kale in this tasty dish.

Southern Style Collard Greens Bacon and brown sugar make this a savory and sweet treat to accompany a variety of meat main courses.

Couscous with Swiss Chard, Raisins, & Feta (Pictured) So many textures and flavors to delight your taste buds. Salty feta, sweet raisins, nutty chickpeas, and hearty couscous give Swiss chard an amazingly diverse flavor in this recipe.

Stir-Fry Bok Choy in Thai Garlic Sauce A delicious side dish that could easily turn into a main entrée with the addition of some protein. Make a little extra sauce to marinate tofu or chicken in, and dinner is done.

Mustard Greens & Bulgur Dates, walnuts, and bulgur add heft to peppery mustard greens.

Escarole and White Bean Soup Enjoy this savory soup as the perfect starter to kick off a winter meal or ladle some up for a warm weekend lunch.

Sauteed Rapini with Sweet Pepper and Onion Also known as broccoli rabe, rapini is a stronger-tasting cousin to regular broccoli. It pairs nicely in this recipe with other healthy veggies.

What are your favorite healthy greens to cook up during the winter? Share your recipes with us in the comments!

Photo credit: Martin Pool

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