Fresh produce may not be the first thing you think of when winter rolls around, but it should be. When you think about it, warm baked apples and herb-roasted squash make winter seem not so bad (for you).
Beet & Citrus Salmon Bowl
Beets are actually harvested in the summer through late fall, but they last for months when stored in a cool, dry place. That means they're around for winter cooking, too, and ready to be paired with our favorite winter fruit: oranges.
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Grapefruit & Crab Salad
Winter is peak citrus season, and we're putting it on everything. Not only does the vitamin C give our immune systems a little boost, it helps our bodies absorb more iron.
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Apple Pie (Vegan-Friendly)
It's cliche. We know. But we also know that fall and early winter is the best time to get apples. Hence the pie. This one is actually made with a vegan-friendly pie crust. That just means we figured out a way to use oil instead of butter in the crust.
Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts come into season early fall through March, which is why many of our winter recipes include them. We know some people aren't fans, but for those that are, this sweet and savory sheet pan method is a fan fave.
Pomegranate Hot Chocolate
Didn't know fruity hot chocolate was thing? You do now. Pomegranates are known for their plump seeds and the juicy burst you get when you bite into them. And as it turns out, they also have the power to make hot chocolate taste even better than it already does.
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Broccoli's peak season is between October and April, although you can find it in stores year-round. Good thing, too, since we're hooked on this recipe for cereal-coated "fried" broccoli and cauliflower with cheese sauce.
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By far our favorite pear recipe of the season, this simple crostata recipe shows off just how good pears can be.
Cabbage with Bacon Dressing
Another hearty winter veg—in season fall through winter—cabbage is in the same family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. And if the weather cooperates for grilling, you're in luck. Grilling cabbage gives it a whole new flavor intensity that, when paired with bacon dressing, will have you loving this new take on salad.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are another winter favorite. Like beets, they're harvested through summer and fall and store well into the winter months. And their potential is endless... mashed, fried, slow cooked, grilled, baked, and now crusted. That's right, slice them up and use them to make a flourless quiche crust.
Chili Con Squash
Ah, winter squash. By itself or as an ingredient, winter squash—acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash—has a lot to offer, including being a nutrient-dense veg that's low in calories and high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. We know it's good roasted as a side, but just wait til you taste this chili.
Also check out, 9 Winter Squash Recipes to Try Before Winter's Over.
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