Eating in season is a breeze during the spring and summer seasons, but it can be challenging once it gets colder out. Lucky for us, some vegetables thrive in the winter, like kale, brussels sprouts, collard greens, and swiss chard! Kickstart your holiday season with these 5 delicious ways to eat more greens. These recipes will work to keep your health in check during the winter festivities (thank you Vitamins A, C, K!) before you dive headfirst into sweets and baked goods.
We could wax poetic about roasted brussels sprouts. They’re tender, crisp, and full of vitamins and minerals! Did you know they’re loaded with Vitamins K, C, and A, and are chock-full of folate and magnesium?! Pairing the crispy brussels sprouts with this blood orange balsamic tahini sauce is a game-changer. This sauce is citrusy, slightly sweet, and slightly savory. It’s a unique and delicious way to make this cruciferous winter veggie a little brighter!
Say goodbye to wimpy romaine and hello to hearty kale. Kale is chock-full of essential nutrients including Vitamins A, B6, C, and K, and manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. This kale salad is the luscious, dairy-free, oil-free tahini dressing it’s coated with. However, we can’t forget about the crispy baked chickpeas that act as croutons. Leave this dressing on the thicker side so it’s reminiscent of the creamy Caesar dressing we’ve come to love.
Broccoli is a favorite for so many reasons, especially its health benefits and versatility. This vegetable is loaded with fiber, plant-based protein, various vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants. But what really speaks to us is how this vegetable can transcend itself into a variety of uses, especially soup! This soup celebrates Middle Eastern flavors due to the za’atar and has a luscious, creamy consistency while remaining totally vegan. Top it off with the perfect tahini drizzle to complete this delightful, hearty soup.
If you’re a lover of hummus or baba, try adding this swiss chard dip to your rotation. Like many other winter greens, swiss chard is packed with Vitamins A, C, and K, and is a good source of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and phosphorus, just to name a few. The swiss chard is cooked down to perfection to remove its bitter notes, and then gets blended with a lemon tahini sauce to create a luscious dip.
Say hello to a recipe that makes collard greens tender, creamy, and perfectly seasoned. Collard greens belong to the same family as kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy, sharing the same nutritional makeup of these cruciferous vegetables. Enjoy these creamy, silky collards to complete a simple bean and rice dinner or elevate a chicken rice bowl.