Eating with the seasons is such a great way to make sure you incorporate different fruits and vegetables into your diet. While some people may be less enthusiastic about seasonal winter foods, preferring the brightly colored sweeter foods of summer, there is a lot to love about winter foods! Here are a few of our family’s favorites and some suggestions for preparing them.
- Broccolini— This broccoli relative is a great alternative to florets, and we love to sauteé it as a side- usually with vegetable broth and minced garlic with some freshly squeezed lemon juice to finish it off.
- Parsnips— Parsnips are another vegetable that I never ate until adulthood. Similar in appearance to carrots, they have a sweet taste with a hint of spice. These veggies are great in sheet pan meals or as part of a roasted root vegetable dish.
- Kale— Kale was never one of my favorite greens, but I have grown to love its versatility and it’s nutritional benefits can’t be beat. It’s a hearty addition to a bowl or salad and is equally delish as it’s own side (just sauteé with some garlic and a dash of salt and pepper. All three boys prefer kale in the form of kale chips. Preheat the oven to 300°F, remove kale leaves from the stems, and tear into bite-size pieces. Toss with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the kale on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the edges are brown (you don’t want to char the kale or it won’t taste as good!)
- Brussels sprouts— Brussels sprouts have still not won over the kids, but my husband and I love them! Whether they are shaved in a salad or roasted with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, they are a great addition to a winter meal. We recently tried them in the air fryer and they turned out great in a fraction of the time it would have taken to roast them.
- Bok Choy— We use bok choy all of the time in our stir-fry dishes or as a side with any Asian-inspired meals. Bok choy is often overlooked, but it packs quite the nutritional punch. Also know as Chinese cabbage, bok choy provides a great amount of vitamins A and C, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and folate. Try it sauteed with a small amount of seasme oil, ginger and garlic or throw it into your next stir fry for some added nutrition and crunchy texture!