It's that point in the season — seems like winter’s never going to end. But you don't have to suffer through cabin fever in the kitchen with dreary veggies prepared the same old way, every day. Brighten up! It's a great time to explore fresh ideas for enjoying peak-season winter vegetables.
Sauce them: If you enjoy comfort foods, you’ll love Collard Greens Gratin opens in a new tab — collards baked in white sauce and topped with cheesy bread crumbs.
Wrap them: Use raw, or blanch or steam first, and then use collard leaves as wraps opens in a new tab instead of tortillas.
Toss them: Toss thin ribbons with currants, Manchego and a sherry vinaigrette for a fantastic, full-flavored winter salad opens in a new tab.
Roast them: Yes, roast your greens! With fish and pears opens in a new tab, all on a sheet pan, for a quick, easy, one-pan dinner.
Roast them opens in a new tab: It’s as simple as tossing with olive oil, salt and pepper. You won’t believe how sweet and meltingly tender endives become when you prepare them this way.
Toss them: The slightly bitter leaves are a nice addition to salads. Try pairing them with sweet beets and rich walnuts. opens in a new tab
Stuff them: Individual leaves make perfect little boats for all kinds of fillings. Two ideas: stuff them with sweet pineapple shrimp opens in a new tab or shrimp rémoulade opens in a new tab.
Bake it: This easy gratin opens in a new tab starring cabbage and cheddar is a house favorite.
Simmer it opens in a new tab: Cabbage is right at home in so many winter soups, for good reason. It’s filling and packed with nutrients.
Toss it: If you’re not a fan of cooked cabbage, bulk up on raw cabbage-based salads like this citrusy-avocado slaw opens in a new tab.
Shoot it: As in, make soup shooters! You’ll love it with apple, almonds, parsley and lemon in this lively soup opens in a new tab.
Carve it: Make steaks opens in a new tab out of cauliflower.
Put an egg on it: Add some to your next omelet opens in a new tab.
Bake them: Try parsnips wherever you like to bake with carrots. Spiced Parsnip and Apple Muffins opens in a new tab are a great place to start.
Pancake them: Combine with carrots and potatoes for an impressive vegetable-centric pancake opens in a new tab.
Cream them: Get cozy with a classic Cream of Parsnip Soup opens in a new tab.
What are your fresh ideas for cooking winter vegetables?