A few years back, my sister, who is a school teacher asked her students about where maple syrup came from, not one of them knew! She told me about it and I was shocked, she also told me they had no idea where bacon came from and as you can imagine had even less of an idea of when foods were in season; and the truth was she had no idea either. I realized that most people have no idea when food is in season or where it comes from for that matter. We are going to change that…today!

What makes Seasonal Produce so darn special?

  • Seasonal produce is typically fresher and therefore tastes better and is more nutritious
  • Seasonal produce is usually cheaper, who doesn’t want to save money on food?
  • You can teach your children where food comes from, how it is made and the nutritional value of food
  • Visit farmers markets to meet your produce grower

Why should you eat seasonally?

  • According to Terrapass; a company that funds renewable energy, each household could reduce their carbon footprint by about 7%
  • A USDA study found that direct to consumer famers were less likely to apply pesticides to their crops
  • Seasonal food is more likely to be found locally which supports your local economy
  • You can find out exactly how your food was grown and possibly meet the grower to ask questions
  • Eat organic food choices that may not be available year round

How do I prepare and enjoy seasonal Produce?

Here is a list of produce in season for February. If you are in a location like Los Angeles, your farmers market will likely have all of these produce items. If you live in a cold weather climate like Chicago…or NYC then we likely need to grab these items from our local supermarket or indoor farmers market. Although some of us don’t have access to a farmers market this time of year, we can still enjoy the freshness of seasonal produce.

Challenge: Grab a few seasonal produce items from the list below and try out some of the recipes I have included. What do you think? Does the produce seem fresher, is it cheaper? Were you able to find organic produce that is normally unavailable? Were you able to use this as a teaching moment for your children?

Seasonal Produce

Artichokes

Instant Pot Artichokes from Gimme Some Oven

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash boats with chicken from Evolving table

Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Horseradish Sauce from Health Starts in the Kitchen

Arugula

Grilled Steak with Arugula and Parmesan Salad from Myrecipes.com

Warm white bean Arugula Salad from Fool proof living

Arugula Pesto from Life’s a Strawberry

Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus with Pine nuts from the Suburban soapbox

Asparagus Greek Chopped Salad from Primavera Kitchen

Cream of Asparagus Soup from Ahead of Thyme

Beets

Beet Hummus from Jessica in the Kitchen

Colorful Beet with Carrot, Quinoa and Spinach from Cookie + Kate 

Roasted Beet Soup from Valerie’s Keepers

Bok Choy

Lemon Garlic Bock Choy from Inspired Taste

Baby Bok Choy Salad from Culinary Hill

Stir-fried Chicken and Bok Choy from a Mindfull mom

Broccoli

Broccoli Fritters from Low Carb Maven

Magic Broccoli (Roasted Broccoli) from Recipe Tin Eats

Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup from Cooking with Karli

Brussel Sprouts

Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts in Garlic butter from Manila Spoon 

Vegan Garlic Buffalo Brussel Sprouts from Rabbit and Wolves

Brussel Sprouts with cranberries and Pecans from Rachel Schultz

Cabbage

Garlicky Roasted Cabbage Steaks from the Wimpy Vegetarian

Spicy Roasted Cabbage Wedges from Skinny Ms.

Cabbage, Sausage and Potato Soup from Gimme Some Oven

Carrots

Parmesan Roasted Carrots from Your Homebased Mom

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies from Amy’s Healthy baking

Carrot Soup with Ginger and Tumeric from the Greedy Vegan

Cauliflower

Cauliflower Tortillas from Recipe Girl

Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower from The Fitchen  

Creamy Cauliflower Soup from Gimme Some Oven

Celery Root

Celery Root and Cauliflower Soup with Roasted Garlic from Cooking and Beer

Baked Celery Root and Gorgonzola from the Diet Doctor

Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Roasted Beets and Pearl Onions from Downshiftology

Endive

Honey & Goat Cheese Endive Bites from The Creative Bite

Belgian Endive and Blue Cheese Gratin from tasting table

Endive Spears with Sweet Potato, Bacon & Chives from Fine Cooking 

Fennel

Roasted Fennel Soup from Farmhouse Kitchen

Fennel and Lemon Risotto from BBC good food

Roasted Fennel and Butternut Squash soup form Cafe Johnsonia

Grapefruit

Grapefruit Avocado Salmon Salad with Poblano Lime Dressing from Wild Greens & Sardines

Grapefruit Greek Yogurt Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita from as Easy as Apple Pie

Kiwi

Kiwi sorbet from super healthy kids

Winter Fruit Salad with Kiwi from Dinner at the Zoo 

Mint Kiwi Lemonade from Nerdy Mama

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi and Leek Soup from Bloglovin’

Kohlrabi Gratin with Blue Cheese from Natural Comfort Kitchen

Kohlrabi-Corn Fritters with herbed yogurt sauce recipe from eating well

Leeks

Chicken and Leek Casserole from Bibby’s kitchen

Chicken and Leek Pie from Best Recipes

Leek and Potato Cakes from Picklebums

Mandarines

Mandarin orange and cranberry muffin bread from fantasy simple

Mandarin Mojito from Laylita’s Recipes

Mandarin Orange Chicken form Mantitlement

Mushrooms

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms from Iowa Girl Eats

Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese from Pinch of Yum

Creamy Roasted Mushroom and Brie Soup from Closet Cooking

Oranges

Oven Roasted Orange Chicken with Fennel from Foolproof Living

Orange Creamsicle Layer Cake from Fresh April Flours

Orange Brownies by Paula Deen

Parsnip

Creamed Spinach and Parsnips from Food & Wine 

Hazelnut and Parsnip Soup from Parsnips + Pastries

Parsnip and Bacon Pasta from Sprinkles and Sprouts

Pear

Italian Pear Almond Cake from Seasons and Suppers

Pear, Feta and Walnut puff pastry from Scrummy Lane

Brussel Sprouts and Pear Salad from Budget Bytes

Radish

Savory Radish and Goat Cheese Muffins from Kitchn

Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs from Cookie and Kate

Radish Butter from Mother Earth Living

Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)

Broccoli Rabe With Sweet Italian Sausage from Epicurious

Pesto Broccoli Rabe Potato Salad from When Feta Met Olive

 Broccoli Rabe and Black Bean Quesadillas from Cookie and Kate

Tangerines

Tangerine Cake from Paula Deen

Tangerine Ginger Custard from Vegetarian Times

Tangerine Pork Chops with Tangerine Sauce from Ask Chef Dennis

Turnips

Turnip and Leek Blue Cheese Gratin from Natural Comfort Kitchen

Roasted Turnips and Butternut Squash from Paleo Leap 

Roasted Turnip Hummus from It’s a Veg World After all

 

 

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