Are you having trouble finding fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables during the winter? Even though it seems like nothing can be in season during December, January, and February, there are so many surprises waiting for you in your local produce section!
During the winter months, try:
Brussel sprouts, Buttercup, Delicata, and Sweet Dumpling Squash, Mandarin oranges, oranges, pears, grapefruit and kale.
- Mandarin and regular oranges are great for portable, on-the-go snacks and fit perfectly in a lunchbox.
- Squash are delicious additions to soups and are fabulous (and quick!) side dishes for sit down meals.
- Click here for a hearty squash/pumpkin soup recipe.
For a simple way to prepare Brussel sprouts:
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt and serve immediately.
Sources: Fruits and Veggies, More Matters, Food Network Ina Garten, Caveman and Modern Woman