Written by Sarah Switzer
With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to dig out the blankets and winter coats. It’s also the time to whip out the roasting trays and porridge pots to enjoy warm, seasonal meals! From apples to artichokes, Winter brings an abundance of colourful fruits and vegetables that can create delicious family meals.
Why should we eat seasonally?
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are tastier, better quality, and packed full of vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy and energised. Seasonal eating also benefits the environment and supports our local farmers. Because produce is not transported over long distances, fruits and vegetables are fresher and more delicious. I think that’s what we call a ‘win win’?
Apples are so versatile, and can be great in both sweet and savoury meals. Rich in fibre, antioxidants and flavonoids, what’s not to love? Try our stewed apple salsa on roasted meats, or David’s microwave apple for a sweet treat!
Bananas pack a punch with flavour, fibre and numerous antioxidants. They can also help us to feel fuller for longer! Our hot banana and berry porridge is the perfect yummy dish for a cold winter’s morning, or try these cute banana snowmen for the kids!
Pears- Did you know there are over 3000 different types of pears around the world? This tasty, immune boosting fruit is packed full of dietary fibre and antioxidants, including vitamin C! Warmed pears are a lovely addition to serve with porridge on a cold winter’s day, or try adding them to our favourite warm pear salad.
Beetroot- The vibrant, intense colour of beetroots is due to the antioxidant betacyanin which is great for heart health! Beetroots can be widely enjoyed as a side dish to accompany meats, used in pasta, salads and more! The whole beetroot can be used, so don’t throw the leaves away! Try sautéing them with garlic and oil and add them to your dish. Try Caitlin’s Russian beetroot salad for a colourful side dish!
Carrots- Carrots are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre and the vitamin A in carrots can even help with vision loss! Carrots are so versatile, and can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Have you tried our carrot, apricot and pineapple balls? These no-bake treats are a great lunchbox addition, sure to be a hit with the kids!
Cauliflower- Did you know that cauliflower can help with our digestion and improve brain health? Tasty ways of enjoying cauliflower include cauliflower rice, soups, and even pizza bases. Try our cheesy cauliflower as a side dish with your next meal.
Herbs and spices are so versatile – they can lift essentially any sweet or savoury recipe! Our favourites for Winter are:
Ginger Immunitea– Ginger tea is a great way to keep warm and fight off a cold this winter! Simply add 20-40g of fresh, grated ginger into a mug of hot water (add some honey or lemon for added flavour).
Coriander- Add coriander to stir-fry, quiche, pasta or soup for added flavour!
Parsley- This bright and tasty herb is full of calcium, iron and vitamin C; add it to steak, baked chicken, frittatas or salads!