Read any nutrition article, and one food is sure to be mentioned: dark, leafy greens. Why? Because they contain most of our essential nutrients. Iron? Check. Fiber, folate, calcium, and potassium? Got those too, plus antioxidants from vitamin A to zeaxanthin. What you won't find is fat or a lot of calories. A 1-cup serving of cooked greens ranges from 21 calories (mustards) to 49 calories (collards).
Greens taste so good, they shouldn't be relegated to side dish status. We'll show you how to tame a spicy stew with turnip greens, use mustard greens in a Indian-inspired dish, and lace black-eyed peas with kale for good luck in the New Year. (Disclaimer: unlike the nutrient content of leafy greens, their luck and prosperity properties haven't been clinically proven—but it can't hurt to try!).