The Last Greens of Winter

As spring slowly creeps into sight, the season for cabbage and Brussels sprouts is coming to an end. If you’ve overlooked these wonderful sources of vitamin C (and at 60 – 120% of you recommended daily value, they’re vitamin C superstars), now is your chance to give them a try while they’re still in season and at their sweetest. These recipes are not the boiled to a pulp, drowned in vinegar, lackluster veggies of unfortunate childhood experiences, but rather, vegetables that are worthy of the pickiest of food critics.

Spicy Asian Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Asian Brussels Sprouts 

1 Guiding StarPair these sprouts with whole grain soba noodles and a bit of lean protein such as baked tofu–the versatile and delicious sauce is plentiful enough to flavor the entire dish for a memorable meal. (1 Guiding Star)

Colcannon

3 Guiding StarsTraditional as they come, this classic Irish dish is perfect for a late St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Don’t be afraid to play with the flavors–potatoes and cabbage are a perfect canvas for trying new seasonings. (3 Guiding Stars)

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

3 Guiding StarsBound to be the new standard in Brussels sprouts, this simple preparation brings out the best flavors in the hardy little green. If pine nuts are too expensive or hard to find, sub in your favorite chopped nuts. (3 Guiding Stars)

Roasted Cabbage

1 Guiding StarIf you’ve ever thought that all cabbage was missing was bacon, this is the recipe for you. With just enough bacon to entice your tastebuds, this simple dish is a gem you’ll enjoy for years. (1 Guiding Star)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios and Cipollini Onion

2 Guiding StarsDon’t let the lengthy name daunt you–this recipe is easy to make, and well worth picking up a few shallots and pistachios. Crunchy nuts pair with al dente sprouts for a balanced texture with a delightfully rich flavor. (2 Guiding Stars)

Cabbage Roll Casserole

2 Guiding StarsWe couldn’t do a roundup on cabbage without a nod to cabbage rolls! This dish takes the tedium out of cabbage rolls by combining all of the ingredients in an easy casserole without losing the tomato-smothered flavor. (2 Guiding Stars)

Slow Cooker Dijon Brussels Sprouts

3 Guiding StarsFor tender sprouts steeped in a delicious, easy sauce with minimal work, look no further. The sweet sprouts play beautifully with the spicy mustard for a hint of boiled dinner…without the boiled dinner. (3 Guiding Stars)

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