Inspiration For Eating Seasonally This Winter

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Written by contributor Krissa Jeldy of More Than Mundane.

It can be difficult to eat seasonally during the winter months, especially in colder areas.

In October, Stephanie wrote a great post on preparing for seasonal Fall and Winter eating. Eating seasonally is beneficial financially, nutritionally, and environmentally.

I also love that nature provides our bodies with what we need during each season. Take citrus, for example. Citrus is at it’s peak in the Winter months, which is also when we are usually hit with sore throats, coughs, and colds. Citrus provides us with Vitamin C, which is beneficial to our immune system.

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Where to Find In-Season Produce

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where Farmer’s Markets run year round, they are a great place to find local, in-season produce. Check here to locate Farmer’s Markets in your area.

Another option is to join a CSA. Belonging to a CSA is a great way to ensure you’re getting local, seasonal produce. I love picking up my produce box and discovering new varieties of fruits and vegetables and figuring out what to make with them.

Belonging to a CSA has encouraged me to try new types of produce I probably never would have picked up at the store on my own and I’ve found lots of new things I love. I also love knowing that I’m supporting local farmers and eating seasonally.

If neither of those are an option, shop your local health food store or grocery store and look for the deals! Produce that is in-season and locally grown is usually less expensive.

What’s In Season Now?

Brussels Sprouts

It seems people either love them or hate them. I happen to love them, so it’s easy for me to work them into my diet. Even if you think you hate them, trying a new way of preparing them might change your mind.

Many winter vegetables are great roasted. For more specifics on roasting, check out Aimee’s post on roasting all types of vegetables.

If you’re looking for a new way to prepare your brussels sprouts, try one of these recipes:

Cabbage

I’ve never been big on cabbage but when it started showing up in my CSA box I decided to try the Sauteed Cabbage and Leeks with Sausage recipe featured on Simple Bites and it was delicious! Store cabbage in an airtight bag in the crisper drawer and it can remain fresh for up to two weeks.


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Kale

This leafy green vegetable is one of the healthiest vegetables for you and there are many ways to use it. I love adding it to smoothies, and using it in soups, such as this Hearty Kale and Sausage Soup. The longer kale is stored, the more bitter and less sweet it will become. I love this Winter Pasta, and this Kale Salad with Maple-Poppyseed Dressing sounds delicious.

Winter Squash

Some common varieties of winter squash include butternut squash, acorn squash and spaghetti squash. The great thing about squash is they will keep for several weeks to months if stored in a cold, dry place.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to prepare squash, start with this informative post on how to Select, Prepare, and Cook Winter Squash over at Simple Bites. If you’re looking for a good recipe to try, this Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Sage sounds amazing.

Pears

Pears are great to snack on just on their own. It’s always fun to dress them up too. These recipes all sound amazing:


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Citrus: Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, and Tangerines.

My CSA box is always overflowing with citrus at this time of the year. Most citrus is great for juicing or eating as is, but it’s also fun to try using it in new ways, like this Spinach Feta Blood Orange Salad.

I also love Aimee’s Citrus & Pomegranate Fruit Salad (pictured above). It’s beautiful and delicious, perfect for brunch. I made it for a baby shower last year and it was a hit.

Try using freshly squeezed citrus in a marinade. One of my favorites is this Orange-Ginger Marinade featuring freshly squeezed orange juice.

For More Inspiration:

Eat the Seasons- Lists what is currently in season with in depth information on on different types of produce and links to recipes.

Where Can You Find In-Season Real Food in the Winter?

Home Canning in the Winter Months @ Simple Bites-A great round-up full of inspiration for canning with winter produce.

101 Cookbooks Winter Recipes-An index of recipes featuring winter produce.

Eight Winter Vegetables You Should Be Eating Right Now @ Saving Naturally.

If you’re on Pinterest, I started a Seasonal Recipes for Winter board if you’re looking for more ideas.

How do you incorporate seasonal winter produce in your meals?

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About Krissa

Krissa Jeldy is a busy mom of two who, since starting a family, has become passionate about learning all she can about living a simpler, more natural lifestyle. She enjoys discovering new home remedies to try, greener products to make and use, and real food recipes to nourish her family. She juggles her time between her job as an educational specialist, homeschooling her kindergartener, and chasing after her toddler. When she's not busy grading papers she blogs at More Than Mundane .

Comments

  1. We have an amazing winter CSA which keeps us rolling in squash/onions/potatoes/garlic. I actually love eating seasonally in the winter. Most people think there isn’t a lot of variety, but in your post you have obviously shown that there is! We are into soup making season here in Maine, and there seems to be nothing more comforting than a big bowl of soup with homemade bread, yum!
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  2. Great post. I’d love it if Simple Organic would continue doing a feature on what produce is in season. It’s a nice reminder on what is at its peak. I’ve even added a few of these to my grocery list.

    • I absolutely second Kara’s comment. This post is incredibly helpful and encouraging for me – someone who is just now making the transition (via baby steps) to whole foods. Prior to reading posts like this one, I really never gave the idea of eating seasonally – beyond looking forward to ripe summer tomatoes – much thought. Many thanks for this great information and the useful resources.

    • We’d be happy to do that! :)

  3. This is a fantastic resource. Thanks for mentioning Simple Bites, now I’m off to check out that Pinterest board. :)
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  4. I love this post as well! Added cabbages, pears and citrus to my own list, and will check out those prices the next time I shop. :) Mmm, cabbages.

    CSA is a fantastic idea! I hope to make more income this year to afford it.. meanwhile, I’ll try to stop by my local farmer’s market when possible. :)
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  5. We’ve been eating a lot of cabbage and clementines (a yummy type of orange)!
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  6. i wish i loved brussel sprouts… those recipes look yummy! great post! thanks again for all the helpful tips and reminders and recipes. you are my favorite writer on this blog!!! i always look forward to your posts!

  7. Thanks for all the tips. I had a kale for the first time the other day and thought it was great. I’m looking forward to trying out some of these recipes.
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  8. Those brussel sprouts look wonderful. I love them and have always wanted to grow them but never remember to start them in the early fall here where I live.
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  9. Great post with lots of good ideas and great sounding recipes. Can’t wait to give some a try. It’s always good to have reminders of what’s in season…thanks so much!

    Mary

  10. Oh, this is great…thank you, thank you!!! I think this will really help my budget a lot. Also, big thanks for the link to the site that provides a handy chart listing what’s in season and when :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)
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  11. Oh, I love fermented cabbage because it’s a natural probiotic and my body responds well to it. Also, I LOVE Brussel sprouts…so tasty good :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)
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  12. I’m going to try to hit some of the farmer’s markets this year. There are over 30 in Mass this year! I am on our farmer’s market board and one of our farmers just gave us a bag of tomatoes from his greenhouse, yum!
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  13. I love this period of the year because of the fruits in season. I love eating pears, not only for its nutrition value but due to its ability to help me in my weight loss.

    Though I also have a liking for citrus, I have to control my intake due to its acid content.
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  14. In Germany it’s not difficult to cook with winter vegetables. We habe lots of cabbages here, otherwise the world would not have called us “Krauts” :-).
    I love to explore new winter recipes, so thanks a lot for the links!
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  15. I’m not sure I’ve ever tried brussel sprouts as an adult. I might have to do that this winter!

    • You should definitely give them a try again. I made some a couple weeks ago with a balsamic vinegar reduction and my brother (who says he hates brussels sprouts) said he actually liked these ones…so you should give them another shot for sure!
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  16. we are members of a local csa and love it for the same reasons. i would add that winter squash is very versatile and can be used in anything from risotto to pancakes to soups to cookies.
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  17. This is just the post I needed to read! I’ve been cooking up a storm of Hubbard squash and pumpkins to freeze for later and make some into soup (I adapted the Butternut, Bacon & Sage Soup recipe mentioned in this post and it was divine!!) but have gotten into a bit of a rut with other seasonal produce. Kale and Brussels Sprouts are two I’ve never tried to cook with so I’m going to give them a try.
    Thanks for the ideas, recipes, and the much needed nudge!

  18. My mother always says, “eat seasonal produce”. But I never paid heed to her advice until after becoming a mom. Though we have different fruits and vegetables in our part of the world(Pakistan), the importance of fresh and whole food cannot be overlooked.
    Thanks for reminding with this helpful post.
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  19. Eating organic food is a great step towards a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many organic fruits and vegetables are a bit more costly. To combat the increased cost, and to ensure that the food you are eating is 100% organic, you may want to start your own organic garden and can your own food for the winter months.

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