Winter cooking makes me immediately think of steaming bowls of soup and heart warming comfort food. I have many recipes I make year-round, but there are some ingredients that are in season in the winter that I find myself using more of this time of year. Here are four ingredients to stock up on this winter along with a few recipes for each!
For a minimal calorie count, brussels sprouts meet your vitamin C and K needs for the day, and are atually high in protein for a green vegetable. They aren’t what you call an entry-level veggie, but if you haven’t tried these as an adult, roast them up and you’ll be surprised at their versatility and almost sweet nuttiness. Just be careful not to over cook them as it reduces the nutrients.
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Golden Raisins
Check out Realsimple.com for this recipe and more!
Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad
Pinchofyum.com features this and more!
Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, & Parmesan Pasta
Check out Iowagirleats.com for this and more
Potatoes are practically synonymous with “comfort food”, and because of that many people steer clear for fear of gaining weight. In reality, it’s the high calorie and high fat ingredients we associate with potatoes; mashed potatoes. potato au gratin, twice baked potatoes rich in butter, cheese, and sour cream, that do us in. Prepared properly, potatoes can definitely be part of a healthy and nutritious meal! Packed with phytonutritents and an excellent source of vitamin C as an antioxident, these studs belong on your winter veggie hot list! (and don’t forget sweet potatoes!)
Turkey Taco Twice-Baked Potatoes
Check out Cookincanuck.com for more recipes like this!
Quick Potato and Cauliflower Curry
Visit TheKitchn.com for this recipe and more
Baked Potato Soup
Go to Skinnytaste.com for this recipe and others
It shouldn’t take much convincing that kale is good for you. But do you know why? Here are a few reasons kale belongs in your diet. It is high in antioxident, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates (WHFoods.com) for starters, also offering cholesterol lowering abilities. Need another reason? Kale’s glucosinolates create isothiocyanates which support your body’s detoxifying processes.
Kale and Potato Soup with Turkey Sausage
Head to SkinnyTaste.com for this recipe and more
Pork Tenderloin with Kale and Kimchi
Bonappetit.com has this an other delicious recipes
Braised Kale Frittata
Check out Health.com for this recipe and more
This berry isn’t just for fancy cocktails! With anti-inflammatory properties that protect against cancers like breast and prostate, and other chronic diseases, you’ll want to put these on your shopping list (you can buy the seeds at most gorcery stores and Trader Joe’s). Studies also show pomegranate to help guard memory and brain function, as well as having phytochemicals that help lower blood pressure.
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate
Head to FoodFaithFitness.com for this recipe and more
Slow Cooker Pomegranate and Orange Marinated Pork Chops
Check out savoringthethyme.com for this and other recipes
Pomegranate Chicken Salad
Go to plaidandpaleo.com for this and other healthy recipes
What are your favorite items to cook with in the winter?