With the cooler temperatures coming, it doesn’t have to be a time to forgo any of your favorite organic produce. In fact, it’s a great time to try some new winter seasonal vegetables and try out some new recipes!
Winter is the time for some great organic produce, Look for them at your local farmers market or search for a local farm near you. Some local farms even offer local food delivery of their produce, which is great for the busy family.
There are a great variety of recipes that include these hearty winter vegetables and as the wether cools, soups and stews are a perfect addition to your meal planning.
When selecting organic produce, try something you may not have and add something to your routine of winter organic vegetables.
Some to try (or bring back for the season) include:
- These are available until late fall and when roasted with carrots, lentils and some fresh herbs, they make a hearty and healthy vegetarian main dish.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cabbage’s “mini me,” this healthy veggie is great roasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil and until crispy an brown.
- This vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals is a great choice for your dishes. Eat it raw, team or add it to your favorite dish. Cooler weather actually helps this plant, so this is the perfect time to enjoy vegetable
- This leafy vegetable is a bit sweeter when harvested in the cooler months and is a great addition to fall salads.
- Roast up several heads of cauliflower and then mash to make a great substitute for mashed potatoes.
- This staple to soups and stews is great raw or sautéed as part of stock.
- This robust vegetable is a a hearty vegetable and is perfect in a stew. For a great snack, roast up some leaves tosses in olive oil and sea salt until crispy.
- This red and white, slightly spicy and bitter leafy vegetable is a great way to add kick to your dishes.
- These veggies have a crunchy texture and a slightly sweet taste. Perfect when cooked with a bit of salt or sugar as a side dish, or mixed into your favorite stir fry
- This nutty and sweet member of the cabbage family can be roasted, sautéed, baked and mashed and even added to soups and stews.
- This rich and sweet onion like vegetable is a great addition to soups and sauces and goes well with chicken and fish. No onions on hand? Use half the amount of shallots to replace onions in your recipe
- Winer Squash
- Acorn, butternut, kabocha and delicate squash are all at their prime during the fall and winter. These fairly inexpensive vegetables have lots off possibilities in your kitchen.
Looking for a Farmer near you? Remember to do a search on www.pick-a-pepper.com to find a local farm near you. Many of them will even deliver their organic produce locally.
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