Guest post by Tiffany Matthews, Healthline.com
During those long cold winter months it can be difficult to find good produce and even more difficult to find an assortment of produce that does not fall into the “everyday category.” Although, there are a few vegetables and fruits that are available year round such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, pears, kiwi, and oranges.
Winter produce includes foods such as sweet potatoes (yams), turnips, winter squash, rutabagas, parsnips, kohlrabis, apples, lemons, kiwi, and oranges are all at their prime for eating during the winter months even though most are available year round.
You can make some wonderful meals using these vegetables and fruits including salads and desserts. I would like to share a couple of recipes with you that you are sure to love.
Apple Squash Salad
One medium size winter squash (peeled and steamed for 10 minutes – so it is still slightly firm and contains all its nutritional value.)let cool
One and a half cups of apples (your choice) (peeled, cored and sliced or chopped into bite size)
4 cups of mixed salad greens
3 Tablespoons of walnuts (chopped)
3 Tablespoons of Almond slivers
Half a lemon (juiced)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the mixed salad greens, winter squash, apples, walnuts, and almond sliver – mix well, drizzle lemon juice over the top.
This is a wonderful salad for lunch, with dinner or to serve at a gathering.
I cannot think of anything better than curling up in front of a roaring fire with a delicious tasty bowl of vegetable soup and of course, a good book!
Warm Winters Night Vegetable Soup
8 cups of chicken stock
Two small winter squash (peeled and sliced)
Two rutabagas (peeled and sliced)
Two medium size potatoes (peeled and sliced)
Two parsnips (peeled and sliced)
One medium size turnip (peeled and sliced)
One Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
One tablespoon of Rosemary
One tablespoon of Parsley
Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot and let cook on medium for 45 minutes until all the vegetables are still slightly firm. Turn down to a simmer and simmer for another hour.
Trying to find fresh winter produce can sometimes be difficult, for example, you will find an abundance of sweet potatoes and turnips around the holidays but then may have to search for them at your larger grocery stores. If you are having trouble finding them you may have to speak to the produce manager and ask them to carry them or possibly resort to spending more money on them at a small specialty store when the produce is generally always in stock.
You also have the option of making the meals you like best when you have a large supply of winter produce and freezing them for a later date. You can also prepare and freeze the vegetables or can them for later use.
If all else fails you may have to look for them online and stock up so you do not have to worry about running out of your favorite winter produce.
Tiffany Matthews is a freelance health writer with 20 years of medical experience. She contributes health and medical articles to Healthline.com on a regular basis.
Posted on 12/05/2013 at 12:00 AM