It’s easy to fill your kitchen, and your diet, with delicious local veggies in the spring and summer months, but it can be more of a challenge in the winter when fewer fresh foods are in peak season.

Combine that with the cold weather and lack of sunlight — not to mention the feeling that everyone around you is getting sick – and we all just want something hot and hearty for dinner. What’s more comforting than a hearty stew?

These four examples are on constant rotation in my kitchen throughout the dead of winter, and all make enough for extra to freeze for multiple meals later in the season.