Congratulations, you've made it halfway through January! If you're still killin your resolution #goals (or if you need to rewind renew reset), I'm sure your diet has been or will be all about those veggies - yaaaas. That's awesome!! But did you know if you eat what's in season the flavors of your veggies will be even bolder and brighter? The nutrients even stronger? Your food even cleaner? Your carbon footprint smaller and your community impact bigger??? Yes, just by eating what is locally in season you can accomplish all of these things. Damngina. That seems easy enough right?
Well, sometimes it's tricky to know what's in season because our groceries often have almost everything available to us - by importing from afar. If you're enjoying a big red tomato in the middle of winter, that juicy red fruit/veg/jury's still out probably came from a galaxy far, far away. Or Mexico. But in reality, fruit and veggies that are out of season can be tasteless, less nutritious, higher in pesticides, take longer to get to you (less fresh and less ripe) and of course, higher in price (if the rest didn't get you that might!). Just a fewwww baby reasons why eating in season is important to at least keep in mind!
Some fruits and veggies you might automatically associate with seasons, where others you might be less sure about where they should really fit in the calendar. Sure, butternut squash is probably what you think of for fall, strawberries in summer, peas in spring. But in the middle of cold and dark winter, what is considered the freshest? Well as it turns out... it's a lot of things that grow in the cold and dark haha - ROOTS! Beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes and turnips are all great examples of in season veggies that are packed full of flavor and nutrients in winter. And all hale the kale! For those with a sweet tooth, lucky for us! juicy citrus fruit and bright punchy pomegranates are in season too.
Need some recipe ideas using the fruits and veggies above? Perf - I've scoured the web and Savvy's database for some inspiration below! Have a favorite seasonal recipe you want to share? Send me whatcha got in the comments or email, I'd love to try!
Eating Seasonally is Easy!
Golden Beet and Citrus Salad with Spiced Honey Vinaigrette by Cooking and Beer
Beet, Goat Cheese and Honey Drizzled Tarts by How Sweet It Is
Roasted Beet and Kale Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts by The Endless Meal
Crispy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts by The Savvy Spoon
Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing by A Pinch of Yum
Savory Butternut Squash Flatbread with Shredded Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Shallots and Prosciutto by The Savvy Spoon
Birthday Lemon Chicken by The Savvy Spoon
Rosemary Citrus Shrimp Tacos by Melanie Makes
Lemony Cajun Chicken Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli & Herbed Ricotta by The Savvy Spoon
Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas by Minimalist Baker (one of my all time faves!)
Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Sausage and Kale Pesto by Gimme Some Oven
Sesame Kale Glow Bowl by The Glowing Fridge
Chicken, Mushroom and Leek Carbonara by The Savvy Spoon
Roasted Cauliflower, Leek and Carrot Soup by Flourishing Foodie
Creamy Roasted Garlic, Broccoli and Leek Pasta by Veggie and the Beast
Pomegranate Palomas by The Savvy Spoon
Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Reduction by Food Faith Fitness
Festive Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dijon Honey Vinaigrette by The Savvy Spoon
Roasted Smashed Potatoes by Lemon-Sugar
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Tarragon-Shallot Butter by A Beautiful Plate
Honey Mustard and Rosemary Chicken (with Potatoes) by Matters of the Belly
30-Minute Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken & Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry by Ambitious Kitchen
Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins by Jo Cooks
Baked Garlic Sweet Potato Fries by Damn Delicious
Sunday Night Stew (with Turnips) by The Pioneer Woman
Lemony Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Turnips and Potatoes With Horseradish Creme Fraiche by dash and bella
Ginger Miso Soup with Tokyo Turnips by Love and Lemons