I just received a ray of sunshine in my mailbox. The first seed catalogue of the year! This catalogue is all about root vegetables, and the pictures are gorgeous!
Cooking with “winter produce” can be as much fun and creative as using summer produce. I think of “winter produce” as anything that can be stored and used in the winter from last summer’s garden. Primarily, that includes those veggies classified as root vegetables. Even though I can find all sorts of vegetables at the store, I often try to cook “in season.”
Root vegetables are easy to prepare. Almost once a week I roast a mix of root veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, garlic and onions. Whatever I have in the larder can be roasted or added to soups. Better yet — roast and then add to soups! Lately, I’ve been inspired to try new recipes such as Sesame-Ginger Beef Stir-Fry and Roasted Carrots with Dill.
Sure, root vegetables are tasty and hearty, but are also very healthy for my body and mind.
While I have my favorites, I also love these!
Fennel: Known for its licorice flavor. Add to all varieties of dishes such as soups, salads; enjoy roasted or sautéed.
Jicama: A crisp and refreshing vegetable that is rich in fiber and vitamin C. Great raw in salads, but can also be cooked.
Kohlrabi: Use the greens and the bulb in salads, soups and sautés.
Radish: A crunchy, spicy root vegetable that, like the jicama, is often eaten raw, preserving the vitamin content.
Parsnip: Resembling a white carrot, it is a less-sweet root, and delicious when added to a tray of roasted veggies or in soups and stews.
Turnip: The greens are great to eat as well.
Rutabaga: A sweeter, denser version of a turnip. It provides fiber, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Turmeric: When ground, this spice has been shown to improve joint pain, reduce blood-sugar levels, and aid symptoms of depression. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Spice up your meal plan this week with Turmeric-Spiced Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salsa.
Note that root vegetables are best stored in a cool, dry space.
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