Cold weather calls for soups, and this simple, hearty, smokey soup does just the trick: root vegetables get simmered and pureed with an intoxicating blend of savory spices and then beefed up with chunks of smoked sausage and curly green kale. The perfect meal after a long day full of winter chores, hopefully next to a fireplace.
The slow-cooker does all the work for you! Add your stew beef and shredded cabbage, and a few hours later dinner is on the table. Serves well with some mashed potatoes (toss in some cauliflower, turnips or rutabaga for a funkier mash.)