Healthy Living

Seasonal Produce Spotlight: Lettuce

Spring is coming which means Farmers Markets are starting up soon. We at the ONIE project could not be more excited! During the Farmers Market season we will be highlighting some of the amazing produce that Oklahoma Farmers Markets will be selling and how you can use those fruits and vegetables.
Today we are talking all about GREENS! April-June is peak season for all types of lettuce.

Want to know when your favorite fruit and vegetables are in season, click here to get a copy of our Seasonal Produce Guide.   




Lettuce

The two main types of lettuce are Iceberg & romaine. Iceberg lettuce has light green leaves on the outside with whitish ones on the inside and a crisp texture. It also has a lot of water. Iceberg is good for topping burgers and tacos (like in our Mini Baja Burger recipe). Romaine lettuce has a deep green color, long leaves, and a crisp texture. Romaine is also filled with healthy fiber, vitamin K and vitamin A.

ONIE’s Beefy Taco Salad and Southwest Salad are the perfect ways to use romaine lettuce.

Tip: If you like iceberg lettuce, try mixing romaine and iceberg lettuce together to keep the crispness of iceberg with the romaine.



Spinach

Spinach is a rich, dark leafy green. This vegetable is rich in vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate. Spinach has a mild taste that is the perfect addition to salads, stir-fry’s, smoothies, and pasta dishes.


Some great ways to use spinach include:

ONIE’s Peachy Pecan Spinach Salad which had the perfect blend of sweet and salty flavors.  




The Crisp Cucumber & Watermelon Salad is a recipe you should bookmark for those summer months when watermelon is in season (July - October) . It is the perfect recipe to enjoy on a hot, summer day.




Our
Creamy Spinach Noodles is an easy noodle side dish that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Try adding some chicken or ground turkey to make it a quick entree.




ONIE’s
Potato Black Bean Skillet uses spinach in this one-pan, hearty meatless dinner recipe.