Healthy Living

Winter Produce Recipes

The cold weather setting in means plenty of good things are just around the corner- like the holiday season, spending time with family, and snuggling up in your favorite blanket!

Cold weather also marks the end of produce from the Farmers Market- or does it?  Many people don’t realize that there are plenty of crops that prefer the cool weather! These yummy veggies can even survive the harsh Oklahoma freezes if you take care of them right!

Veggies that thrive in the cold season may not always be the ones you are most familiar with, but learning to use what’s in season gives you the freshest, most nutrient-packed, flavorful foods money can buy!  Here are some ideas for how to love the veggies that love the cold.

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Beets 
Try as a fry!
Instead of french fries, cut beets into french fry shapes and bake them in the oven with a little oil, salt and pepper until they’re soft.  Works with sweet potatoes or carrots as well!
 

Carrots 
Shred them into your baking! Looking for a recipe, try our carrot cake cookies.

 


Kale 
The perfect substitute for potato chips.

Crunchy Kale can be a guilt-free potato chip in a matter of minutes.  Just de-rib the kale (rip the stalk part off), cut the leaves into chip size pieces, toss with a little oil, and pepper (or other spices if you please), spread on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until they get crispy!  Don’t let them burn as they cook quickly!


Radish 
Easy to grow and add a nice crunch to your stir fry!



Spinach
 Slip them into your smoothie!

Any type of smoothie can take a handful or two of spinach without you even noticing the difference.  Try adding some next time for a boost of vitamins and minerals!


Collards
 Stick them in a soup!  Check out ONIE’S Hearty Homestyle Chicken Soup to get you started!

 

Shredded greens can be a great addition to a variety of soups providing flavor, color, and nutrients!


Cabbage
 Try them in place of noodles in almost any recipe!

 

Lettuces
 Swap your bun for lettuce!

Brussel Sprouts 
shred um and forget um (shred them up and massage with a little oil/pepper for a better salad base!)


Swiss Chard
 Put your eggs on it.

Try this healthy and flavorful alternative to hash browns!  Saute some onions, the chard stems, then the leaves with a little oil, pepper, then add your eggs on top any way you like!