It may not feel like it with the unusually warm weather, but today is the official first day of winter. My favorite part is that starting tomorrow, the days will begin to get longer again. Yay!
Winter is not typically thought of as a prime time for seasonal produce. However, many local farmers are able to offer fruits and veggies that grow in cooler weather or store well. Also, tropical fruits, like citrus fruits, pomegranates, or pineapples, are in season in winter.
Winter Produce Recipes
If we finally get some real winter weather, soup is always a great warming comfort food to enjoy.
Winter Soup Recipes
And as a holiday treat, I threw in a few seasonally flavored dessert options, too!
Winter Dessert Recipes
What are some of your family’s favorite winter recipes? Share in the comments!
I am so happy that Spring is finally upon us. I love the warm weather and watching all the plants growing, especially the plants that provide us with tasty fruits and veggies! Produce tastes best when it’s picked fresh and in season. And as a bonus, in-season produce has more nutrients (which haven’t started to fade while waiting in a warehouse across the country or even the world). In-season produce usually lasts longer in the fridge or pantry, since it’s fresher, too.
Check out this list of Spring fruits and veggies. Add more of these to your meal plan to save money and eat smart.
Here are several recipes, in no particular order, that use Spring fruits and veggies that you’ll find in your grocery store, or even better, at your local farmers market.
Which of these recipes will you be adding to your menu this spring?
PS- Is anyone going to try the Sardine Spinach Pasta? It sounds weird, but I love sardines! (They’re also really good for you.)
Written by Alainna Baxley
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014
Life can be hectic; how do you make sure you’re starting your day off with the nutrients you need to make it through the day? Do you usually drink coffee to hold you over until lunchtime? Waiting until lunch to have your first real meal can lead to weight gain, lack of concentration, sluggishness, and other negative health effects. Fortunately, these banana pancakes are so quick and easy to make, it’s the perfect way to jumpstart your day with a nutritious breakfast without slowing down your morning routine. The best part, besides being delicious, is that they are only two ingredients: one banana and one egg.
Peel one ripe, medium-sized banana and put it in a bowl. Mash it up using the back of a fork. Then, add one egg. Mix it together and there you have it! Grease a frying pan and pour the batter on; this mixture will make about 3 pancakes that are about 3 inches across. Cook on medium-high heat for about one minute or until small bubbles form on the surface. Flip it and cook for the same amount of time.
Image by Alainna Baxley
You can also jazz up this simple recipe however you want! A couple varieties include:
- Add ½ – 1 cup of whole-grain oats to the mix (the more you add, the thicker the batter will be). Pancakes will be a little bigger and take a little more time to cook. Once they’re done, cover it in vanilla Greek yogurt. Top with fresh strawberries and blueberries!
- Mix in some dark chocolate and chopped almonds to the batter. After cooking, top with fresh peaches and drizzle on some honey.
Both of these options are a great source of antioxidants, can help lower cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, enhance your immune system, and are high in fiber which will help keep you full throughout the day. Breakfast can finally be simple, full of nutrients, and incredibly tasty.
Farshchi, H. R., Taylor, M. A., & Macdonald, I. A. (2005). Deleterious effects of omitting breakfast on insulin sensitivity and fasting lipid profiles in healthy lean women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 81(2), 388-396.