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Orecchiette With Mustard Greens and Sausage

Satisfying like a big bowl of warm comfort food, this pasta dish sneakily includes a ton (2 bunches to be precise) of fiber and iron-packed mustard greens. Sweet Italian sausage adds lots of spicy flavor and meaty satisfaction. The recipe calls for orecchiette, but of course it’s okay to substitute whatever pasta you have in the pantry. Red pepper flakes, toasted bread crumbs, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese take dinner over the top. If there are any leftovers, enjoy them the next day for lunch (tastes like a sophisticated pasta salad).

Spiced Chickpeas and Greens

Mustard greens are known for being peppery and pungent. But here that vegetal flavor doesn’t steal the limelight because the leaves are cooked down with lots of other ingredients like fresh ginger, garlic, coriander, coconut milk, and garam masala. The spicy results are served with plain white rice and lemon wedges. The recipe is vegetarian but hearty and satisfying. You might just want to make a double batch, because the whole family will be asking for seconds. To mix up the dish, you can sub in any type of grain for the rice and any type of canned bean for the chickpeas.

Winter Vegetable Soup

Think of this soup as a modern take on homemade minestrone. A lot of the main ingredients are there, but sweet potatoes are swapped in for pasta, smoked paprika adds a lovely layer of warm flavor, and mustard greens are stirred in. Unlike other greens that sometimes lose their flavor when they’re simmered into soups, mustard greens maintain some of their pleasant bite. This soup also freezes well, so go ahead and make some for later. To make those beautiful ribbons of Parmesan cheese that top the soup, drag a y-shaped peeler along the length of the block of cheese.

Bitter Greens Caesar Salad

The secret to this outrageously delicious Caesar is the homemade croutons. There’s a golden rule when it comes to baguette: toast it with a healthy drizzle of olive oil, and it’ll turn out delicious every time (unless you burn it). Now, imagine what happens when you tear up baguette into small craggy pieces, which give that olive oil extra surface area to sink into? That’s right, you get addictive croutons that are somehow crunchy and melt in your mouth at the same time. Now onto the actual salad part of the dish, made with three crunchy chopped greens including mustard greens, kale, and romaine. A bit of minced anchovy adds that unmistakable “Caesar” flavor.

6 Creative Ways to Use Halloumi

This Mediterranean cheese tastes a bit like mozzarella, only firmer and saltier. Thread it onto skewers and grill, or crumble it over soup. Since it’s extra firm, you can even sear it right in a hot skillet. The result: golden, crispy cheese croutons that are warm but magically unmelted.

Cookie Dough Cones

When making chocolate chip cookies from scratch, it’s almost impossible not to lick the beaters. But, as you’ve been reminded time and time again, raw cookie dough isn’t safe to eat—until now. We took out the eggs and toasted the flour, which eliminates any possibility of bacteria. And to ensure the dough was perfectly creamy and fluffy, we whipped cream cheese into the butter and brown sugar. We like folding in chopped chocolate, but any of your favorite mix-ins will do. Try sprinkles for a cake batter dough, or cinnamon for a snickerdoodle approach. Then, eat it by the spoonful or serve it on an ice cream cone, which makes for a pretty adorable treat.

Sausage Meatball Heroes

Full of spicy, tender meatballs and melty, stringy cheese, these sandwiches are messy to eat, but totally worth it. If you want to tone down the spiciness to make them more kid-friendly, try subbing in mild Italian sausage for the spicy links. In a hurry, you can use jarred tomato sauce. Be sure to gently mix the meatballs so they hold their shape, but are not overworked (that’ll make them tough). You can form the meatballs up to a day ahead of time, and store them covered in the refrigerator. Serve the heroes with a big green salad, and toss any leftover meatballs into spaghetti the next night for dinner.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes

A game-day favorite fit for vegetarians. This chili is loaded with sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and a variety of beans.

How to Make a Delicious Shamrock Shake at Home

Our homemade take on the fast food favorite keeps the minty flavor (and awesome color!) you love—but ditches the corn syrup and food coloring.