With the days growing shorter and the weather getting colder as we shift seasons, it’s time to reconsider what produce you are adding to your shopping lists. Knowing what vegetables to buy for the coming winter months makes grocery shopping for the best, local flavours a breeze. We’ve compiled a list of the best seasonal produce to eat this winter along with tasty recipes the whole family will enjoy.
Commonly referred to as a cross between a turnip and a cabbage for its brownish-white colour, the Rutabaga is a root vegetable also known by the name “Swedish turnip.” This delicious, hearty vegetable is an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants and is easy to add to many recipes. Check out these creative ways to eat rutabagas.
This white or purple root vegetable is at its best when still small and sweet. Turnips can be eaten raw but are more commonly served cooked with other root vegetables or other strong flavours due to its slight spiciness. Try this easy creamy turnip soup recipe for a warm and comforting meal on a cold evening.
Beets are a popular root vegetable used around the world. They are delicious, easy to include in your regimen, and are packed with vitamins and other nutrients. Plus, their vibrant colour adds an eye-catching pop to any meal. With beets being so versatile, you can create so many delicious meals by chopping, roasting, frying, and more. Check out this list of un-beet-able beet recipes.
The tasty, crunchy carrot makes the perfect snack, side dish, or main course. It is highly nutritious and has several health benefits including being low in calories. The root vegetable comes in all shapes and sizes and a variety of colours adding life to any winter meal. This quick and easy carrot loaf will be your new go-to dessert this season.
Cabbage comes in an array of shapes and colours and can be found in many popular dishes around the world. It is loaded with many beneficial nutrients and can help improve digestion. Try this hearty cabbage casserole recipe for a cabbage roll taste but far less work.
Leeks are not just saved for potato leek soup; they can be used in so many delicious meals and even on their own! Being a part of the alliums family, leeks are typically cooked as you would onions and shallots and are known for their sweet, oniony flavour. Skip the over-indulged feeling with this healthy chicken and leek pie recipe.
This very popular root vegetable is a staple side dish across the world as potatoes can be roasted, mashed, or baked. They are economical as they are relatively cheap to grow and can be quite filling. Although potatoes have a bad reputation for being extremely unhealthy, they are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and potassium (even more than a banana!). Plus, potatoes and their nutrients have been linked to an assortment of health benefits. Check out these healthy potato recipes that will get you skipping the fast-food fries.
8. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are another starchy root vegetable that is popular worldwide. They come in a variety of colours and provide many health benefits as they are a high source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Despite their name, sweet potatoes can be both a sweet and savory dish. They are very versatile to cook with and can be baked, boiled, roasted, fried, steamed, or pan cooked. This sweet potato chili dish is the perfect warm comfort food on a cold winter night—plus it is paleo-friendly!