Salads, although not essential for a healthy meal, do still make sense in winter! It’s an opportunity to try different ingredients than what you use in a summer salad.
Winter Salads: Rethinking Ingredients Greens: Today’s grocery stores stock all types of lettuce year-round, so you don’t have to switch up your greens for winter. For more seasonal fun, however, try kale or the winter versions of spinach, which stand up well to hearty flavors. These greens are high in beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamin C, and spinach is a good source of the B vitamin folate that helps protect our DNA.
I love finding unusual fruits and vegetables to incorporate into my daily routine – changing up the types of vegetables provides your body with the right balance of nutrients and encourages you to get creative with cooking.
The most recent unique vegetable I’ve incorporated into my meal planning is rutabaga. This lesser known round root vegetable originated as a cross between turnips and cabbage. It is nutty and mildly sweet tasting and can be roasted, sautéed, baked, boiled, mashed, or added to soups and stews. It is a popular dish around the world, with various native preparations. In the Netherlands, it is traditionally served boiled and mashed served with sausages. In Australia, rutabaga is known as swede, and is used in casseroles, stews and soups to enhance flavor. Read more… “New Year, New Food”
As we head into holiday season, now’s a good time to start thinking ahead about menu planning. One of the most stressful things about holiday meals is the pressure to cook a big meal (often with multiple courses) for a group. You are faced with timing the cooking of multiple dishes, ensuring you are meeting the dietary preferences of multiple people, and (most importantly) making sure it all tastes good. This can all be a little daunting.
This year I plan to make one of my favorite holiday dishes: a traditional Italian-American Cioppino. Cioppino, also referred to as a “fisherman’s stew,” originated in San Francisco and includes a variety of fish and shellfish in a flavorful tomato-based broth. I love making this dish during holiday season because it is a nice, lighter alternative to the more common poultry and red meat dishes. It is also always a crowd-pleaser, and looks far more complex than it really is. Read more… “Easy Meal Prep for Holiday Cioppino”
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