As some of us head into winter’s home stretch, I thought it might be a good time to offer a few tips for keeping your palate happy when the season seems to drag and all you can think about are margaritas on the back porch. But the in-between seasons offer us plenty of opportunities to treat ourselves well:
Go to your local greenhouse. Greenhouse growers offer produce year-round. It’s a great way to support local farmers while getting your fresh fruits and veggies. Search for a greenhouse near you on Local Harvest.
Root veggies are your friends. Turnips (pictured), beets, radishes and parsnips are all in season. They’ll add color to your plate and they’re easy to cook (you can saute, roast or steam them).
Think hearty. Stews, pot pies and lean meats can really satisfy after a cold day. There are plenty of ways to prepare hearty meals that are healthy. Our recipe for healthy eggplant Parmesan is a perennial favorite.
Make your own stock. Roast a chicken. When you’ve eaten most of the meat, put the bones in a pot with carrots, celery and onion and keep it on a low simmer all day. Voila – you’ve got homemade soup stock and your kitchen smells cozy!
Combat cabin fever by anticipating warmer times. Pesto tastes like summer. Keep it the freezer and pull it out on those nights when your pasta could use a little pizazz. Make your own or buy it premade (Costco has a delicious and affordable pesto).
Set yourself up for success. No matter what the season, there will be nights when you just don’t feel like cooking. Prepare meals in advance and freeze them.
Photo: Turnips by John-Morgan via flickr.