Lifestyle, Nutrition

Eating What’s in Season: Recipes and Ideas for Using Winter Produce

The hint of warmer, spring-like weather we’ve been experiencing has me longing for the abundance of fresh produce that will soon be on its way. However, just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that there aren’t fresh, in-season produce options available right now. Here are some of my personal favorite winter produce recipes and ideas. Try them out and feel free to share your favorites in the comments!

Parsnips and Carrots:
-slice and roast the veggies with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any desired seasonings (thyme, rosemary, garlic, etc.) in a 450 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until tender

Brussels sprouts:
Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cauliflower:
Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Kale:
-sauté in a pan with olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic until wilted, add salt and nutmeg (opt.) and a splash of red wine vinegar and enjoy (tip: I like to use any leftovers as a great addition to omelets)
-make kale chips by cutting kale into pieces, tossing with olive oil and salt, and baking in a single layer at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes until crispy
-wilt into soup or pasta for added flavor and nutrients
-eat raw in a salad topped with dried cranberries, walnuts, and feta or goat cheese (tip: it may sound strange, but massaging your vinaigrette into the kale will make it more tender)

 

Some other produce that’s currently in season:

-oranges, sweet potatoes, cabbage, fennel, and more!

 

I hope some of these recipes inspire you to cook up something fresh and delicious as you patiently wait for spring to arrive!

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  • jenfitter

    Yum! I love checking out new recipes that are simple and fun to prepare! And speaking of kale, I just received my latest issue of Prevention magazine, and am excited to try out the kale and lemon pizza (http://www.prevention.com/food/delicious-clean-eating-recipes-for-weight-loss). With Spring Break just around the corner, I’m definitely going to plan on making some maple balsamic brussels sprouts!

    Such encouraging ways to get back in the mindset of getting fit for summer. Thanks!