As far as fresh vegetables go in winter, many of you may think that you’re only option is to pay ridiculous prices for what you can get imported into your grocery store or to settle for frozen. However, kale remains a hardy green, delicious, and nutritious plant throughout winter, even when the ground is frozen and inhospitable for growing other vegetables.

Here are eight great recipes for enjoying winter kale…

1. White Bean, Kale, Sausage Ragout

Not only is this hearty ragout (a thick tomato stew) a one-pot wonder—meaning you’ll only dirty one large pot to make it—this dish is perfect for winter because it’s warm, fragrant, filling, and full of healthy vegetables and proteins too!

Source: Cooking Light

2. Cheese Tortellini, Kale Soup

A toe warming bowl of winter soup is a delightful way to get your green veggies too. That’s exactly what you get when you combine frothy and flavorful broth with spicy sausage, nutritious kale, and comforting cheese tortellini. I make a big pot and scoop it up for dinner for the whole family along with warm crusty bread or buns.

Source: Taste of Home

3. Baked Kale Chips

Watching the game with a bag of potato chips or cheese puffs every Sunday can sure help you pack on the pounds. However, if you swap those crispy taders for kale chips, you’ll be doing your body a favor. Simply bake the thin leaves with a little oil and sprinkle lightly with sea salt for added flavor for a healthier game or movie snack.

Source: Eating Well

4. Kale-and-Sausage Hand Pies

These compact and comfort-filled kale and sausage hand pies are folded, savory, and warm. They make the ideal lunch box treat (in place of the same old cold sandwich) and even serve up nicely for dinner—accompanied by a hearty bowl of soup. The great thing about them is that you can get creative with the filling by switching up the meat, veggies, and chopped dried and fresh fruit ingredients to suit your tastes.

Source: Martha Stewart

5. North African Chickpea and Kale Soup

Baby, it’s cold outside! And for me that signals a switch from cooler, lighter meals to warm, hearty meals like this deliciously comforting North African chickpea and kale soup. For a slight taste of the exotic, there’s no better way to get a huge dose of desert warmth than with a big bowl of winter greens, hearty beans, and exotic spices.

Source: EatDrinkBetter.com

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6. Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Garlic Kale and Tomatoes

Many of us think of winter pastas as an unhealthy way to pack on the pounds. However, this particular whole grain based pasta is filled with antioxidant-rich tomatoes, heart-healthy oils and almonds, and vitamin-boosting kale and garlic for an immune-fighting, healthy winter dinner.

Source: Real Simple

7. Colcannon

We all love comfort foods come winter, and one that goes great with any winter meal is mashed potatoes. Lucky for you, this traditional Irish dish offers a healthier version that goes beyond mere white potatoes, cream, and butter. This recipe aims lighter by mashing red russet potatoes with chopped kale, green onions, and lean pancetta (or use lean turkey bacon).

Source: Yum Sugar

8. Winter Squash Stew with White Beans and Kale

Nothing beats this hearty soul-satisfying, cold weather stew! Not only does is feature kale, the sweetest winter vegetable—it also uses fragrant parsley, thyme, and bay leaves left to simmer on low for a bubbly stew that’s hearty for dinner…and of course, leftovers for the week!

Source: Whole Foods Market

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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