While many folks lament the produce available this time of year, I find the cooking opportunities to be rich and inspiring. Thankfully, I love winter greens, so while the more delicate lettuces, vibrant peppers, squashes and tomatoes are gone until warmer months, winter greens provide endless opportunities for healthy, delicious cold-weather meals. Winter greens include swiss chard, kale, collard greens, cress, spinach and turnip greens. They're different from more standard lettuces because they tend to be heartier and have their own distinct flavor profiles. This hearty nature makes them a great candidate for cooking and sauteing as well as enjoying in everyday salads. Here are a few recipes that we've been swooning over recently. Whether you're looking for a warm, cheesy casserole or a simple soup, there's something for everyone here.
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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