Here's a new recipe we just found in Gourmet that promises this happy medium. This recipe is utterly simple: kale, potatoes, cream, salt and pepper. Yes, this simple purée calls for cream, but it's spread over a large amount -- enough for eight servings. The potatoes lighten a dish that looks like pure creamed spinach, making it something altogether lighter and even more appealing.
In fact, we think that this looks like a great one-dish meal for those of us going without meat this winter, and we wonder if we could lighten it up even more by cooking the potatoes in milk, or even in chicken stock.
• Get the recipe: Kale and Potato Purée
(Image: John Kernick for Gourmet Magazine)