What foods are in season this winter?
The winter months are not my favorite because it gets darker earlier with the sun setting around 4 or 5pm AND since I live in Michigan, I don’t see the sun a lot. The weather tends to be cloudy, rainy, and snowy. However, it is a great time for having warm soups, stews and hearty veggies. Not to mention, it’s the holiday season so indulging in some of those holiday treats as well. This blog has all the information you need about what fruits and veggies are in season so you know what to choose from when you are out shopping at your local grocery store.
Produce In Season Now
This vegetable I have grown to love over the years. They are just enough of an earthy and sweet taste! I enjoy beets in a juice, on top of a salad, as well as pairing them with a goat cheese. You can even add them into your smoothies for a sweet and earthy flavor if you don’t like eating them too much.
Broccoli is a great cruciferous vegetable to have in your fridge. It pairs nicely with anything. You can eat it raw, roast or steam it. Whatever you prefer. I love roasting all my vegetables in the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Really very simple.
There is nothing like some roasted brussel sprouts as an appetizer before dinner or paired with your meal. This vegetable has also grown on me as I have gotten older. Definitely roast these in the oven so they get those crispy, crunchy leaves. That is the best part. You could also shred brussels to have in salads or make a whole brussel sprout salad. Yum!
Cabbage I don’t use much of, but I am determined to add it into some of my meals this season. You can use it in slaws, roast it, or even pop it in the air fryer. For slaws you can top it on tacos or even use it for curried dishes.
Carrots are so easy to add into homemade juices and pairs well as a snack before lunch or dinner. I love to have raw carrots with hummus, mustard or peanut butter. Don’t hate the mustard or peanut butter options until you try it. You might be very surprised once you do. Carrots are easy to eat in stews, soups, and can be roasted to pair with any meal. Healthy and nutritious.
Cauliflower is an “ok” vegetable and can be kind of boring I will admit. Good thing there are plenty of ways to incorporate this into your diet. You can roast it with tons of seasoning or chop it up to make a good rice to pair with bowls. Not to mention you can also throw cauliflower in your smoothies! It is a great way to add more veggies into your diet.
Some citrus fruits that are perfect for this season are lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruits and oranges. Grapefruit and oranges are LOADED with Vitamin C and are perfect to add in as a snack or pair well with breakfast. These fruits are natural ways to get Vitamin C without taking a supplement. I love incorporating natural foods in my diet instead of taking more supplements.
Kale is fairly new and some people don’t like it, but you can honestly use it in so many things. I love a great kale caesar salad with crunchy croutons and baked garbanzo beans. Another thing kale can be used for is in pasta sauces, especially pesto (yummy) as well as throwing some kale in the oven with some olive oil and seasoning for a delicious and healthy chip!
Who doesn’t love potatoes? You can use them for so many things such as: stews, soups, roast them, make french fries or mashed potatoes as well as scalloped potatoes. I’m sure your parents and grandparents have a wonderful scalloped potato recipe!
This vegetable has grown on me now that I know what to make with it. You can put radishes on avocado toast, add it on bread with cream cheese for a perfect snack or top them on your salad. Also, it can be used for a great snack with hummus.
There are a lot of types of squash: butternut squash, acorn squash, honeynut squash and spaghetti squash. You can even make a winter squash soup! I love a good hot soup paired with grilled cheese for lunch during the cold winter months.
Finally, sweet potatoes are so versatile just like regular potatoes. You can bake them to add on top of warm grain bowls, eat them on their own, or even make fries out of them to have alongside a good burger.
I hope you enjoyed learning about what produce is in season and how you can add them into your meals.