The new year is right around the corner. One of the most common "resolutions" we hear as dietitians is "I'm going to eat healthier this year." That is a great goal, but it's not very specific. Today, I am sharing my favorite ways to help you reach that goal by eating more fruits and vegetables...NOW!
What's in season this time of year?
WINTER FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Citrus: Lemons, limes, oranges
Below are some my our favorite ways to enjoy winter fruits and vegetables.
Mashed potatoes are a staple in most households. ( I know it is in mine.) But, try mashed other root vegetables using the same method. Mashed rutabaga is one of my family's favorites.
For a recipe check out Nerds with Knives' Whipped Rutabaga with Crispy Shallots
Oatmeal is a fiber packed breakfast that can be customized to your liking. It is also a blank canvas for your favorite fruits. Try adding pears or cranberries to your oatmeal for a winter spin.
For a recipe check out Oh My Veggies' Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal
Yes, chips. Give the potato a break and make chips out of other vegetables. Kale chips are one of my favorites and has become a favorite of my family, too. Make chips out of sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and beets.
For a recipe check out Minimalist Baker's Baked Rosemary Beet Chips
One of my favorite comfort meals is hash topped with a runny egg. A hash is a great way to eat your favorite winter vegetables. Sauteet onion and garlic. Add in your roasted brussels sprouts and a variety of root vegetables such as potatos, parsnips and rutabaga. Top with a runny egg and some hot sauce. This is a great dish for any time of day.
For a recipe check out Martha Stewart's Apple and Root Vegetable Hash
Roasting is one of my favorite ways to cook vegetables. Use this super simple formula for delicious veggies each and every time. Sliced squash (or any veg) + extra virgin olive oil + salt + pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 350°. The natural sugars will caramelize and you'll get those amazing crunchy bits on each piece. YUM!
For a recipe check out Cooking Light's Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables
Salads are a quick and easy side that packs a nutritional punch. These can be made in so many ways to incorporate different fruits such as cranberries or oranges with vegetables such as shredded brussels sprouts, kale or roasted potatoes.
For a recipe check out Cooking Classy's Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad
Rough chop some squash, quickly sauté and throw into your blender or food processor with some liquid for a quick and easy soup. By adding different spices, herbs and liquids you can have a ton of different soups. Or throw your favorite fruits, vegetables and herbs into the blender for a nutrient packed smoothie.
For a recipe check out Food and Wine's Creamy Parsnip Soup with Pear and Walnuts
Think outside the dish and use winter fruits or vegetablese in a cocktail (or mocktail.) Add cranberries, pears, pomegranates or beets to your cocktail for a fun and festive flavor.
For a recipe check out Dishing Up The Dirt's Cranberry & Ginger Bourbon Smash
What are your favorite ways to eat winter fruits and vegetables? Share with us by commenting below or by using the hashtag #MealPlanningMethod.