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Healthy Winter Greens Recipes and Cooking Tips

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Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard & White Beans

Acorn squash’s natural shape makes it just right for stuffing. This filling has Mediterranean flair: olives, tomato paste, white beans and Parmesan cheese. Serve with: Mixed green salad with radicchio and red onion and crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio.

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Quick Pepperpot Soup

Jamaican pepperpot soup is usually a long-simmered preparation made with tough cuts of meat and vegetables. This version uses quick-cooking sirloin instead to get it on the table fast. If you’re not a fan of beef, try the soup with shrimp instead.

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Grits & Greens Casserole

Here we’ve combined two favorite Southern side dishes—grits and greens—into one casserole; it’s a natural choice to serve with Easter ham. Try omitting the bacon and using vegetable broth to make it a vegetarian dish.

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Chicken & White Bean Salad

Zucchini and celery give this chicken-and-bean salad a nice crunch. We like serving it over a bed of slightly bitter escarole and radicchio, but any type of salad greens will work. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

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Dijon Chicken Stew

This satisfying stew stars chunks of chicken and tender braised escarole in a flavorful Dijon wine sauce. Try it with boneless, skinless chicken thighs or pork tenderloin, if you prefer. It doubles easily in the same pot. Serve with rustic whole-grain bread.

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Chorizo-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

This mouthwatering pork tenderloin is stuffed with chorizo, cheese and spinach. Once you master stuffing a pork tenderloin—you just cut the tenderloin almost in half lengthwise, pound it, fill it and tie it closed with kitchen string—you won’t want it any other way. Serve with sautéed red peppers tossed with capers, parsley and sherry vinegar and roasted potatoes. To double this recipe, use 2 skillets or brown the tenderloins one at a time.

» Chorizo-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin


Trying to eat more vegetables? Grab some nutrient-packed dark leafy greens next time you’re in the produce section—they grow best in cooler weather, making them in season right now. Depending on where you live, you might even find locally-grown ones in your supermarket or farmers’ market. You may have avoided these nutritious greens in the past because of their bitter reputations, but when you pair them with judicious amounts of intensely flavorful ingredients—like feta cheese, bacon and walnuts—it is easy to balance their bitterness. Now is the time to celebrate the dark side this winter and welcome these beautiful greens into your kitchen.

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Chard Recipes

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Collard Greens Recipes

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Jamaican pepperpot soup is usually a long-simmered...
This homey pasta dish uses pancetta (Italian bacon) in the...

Escarole Recipes

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This satisfying stew stars chunks of chicken and tender...
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Kale Recipes

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Mustard Greens Recipes

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Spinach Recipes

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