January Seasonal Eating


 January Seasonal Eating Whats Available Plus Recipes
January Seasonal Eating can be just what the doctor ordered after months of indulging in holiday food. Find out what's in season as well as some pretty awesome recipes to make in your winter kitchen. 

Eating seasonally has valuable benefits. Not only does the food taste better, it's also much easier on your food budget. Have you ever bought strawberries in December? It's not cheap. And they aren't that sweet either

Seasonal food is also fresher with a higher nutritional value. Food stored for longer periods of time tend to decline in terms of their antioxidant properties. Phyto-nutrient content can also be reduced the further away you are from actual harvest. 

I tend to believe nature gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. It's not a coincidence citrus season coincides with winter, just when we need that extra vitamin C to help ward off the colds and flu's of the season. In summertime, stone fruit is in season, providing us with the extra beta-carotenes and carotenoids we need to help protect us from sun damage.

So what are you waiting for...it's time to eat seasonal and reap the benefits! 

Broccoli and Gruyere Gratin
Broccoli and Gruyere Gratin

Broccoli: It's definitely one of my favorites. Who can forget when President Bush declared his hatred of broccoli and suddenly broccoli became the political hot potato of the nineties. What was he thinking? I've always loved broccoli, even as a kid. It's so good for you too, full of vitamin D and K, enjoy it any way you can.

Noble Pig Fresh Citrus Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing perfect for Spring
Fresh Citrus Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Citrus
Fruit: Nothing brightens the dead of winter more than a chicken or fish dish drizzled with citrus or an orange scented buttermilk cake. Make fresh grapefruit juice margaritas if you can. I go as far as making sure my shower gels and bath salts in January are citrus scented. Nothing pulls me out of the doldrums of the season more than a bright-smelling citrus-scented shower. Try it.

Smokey Turnip and Parsnip Gratin a perfect holiday side
Smokey Turnip and Parsnip Gratin

Turnips: Did you grow up eating turnips? I did not, however I love them now, especially if they are pickled. Turnips also pair especially well with cheese and bacon...hint...hint. Lots of people enjoy turnips raw since they are fairly mild in taste, but roasting and drizzling them with lemon, fresh thyme and Parmesan is also a great way to go.

Seasonal Eating in January

Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash  Perfect for dinner or breakfast from Noble Pig
Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potatoes: Needless to say, sweet potatoes are the hit of the Fall and Winter months. Their versatility makes them one of the most used root vegetables in my house. It's rare to find someone who dislikes the sweet potato, but there are haters out there (gasp). I personally can't get enough of them.

Creamy Baked Leeks
Creamy Baked Leeks with Garlic, Thyme and Parmigiano 

Leeks: I always thought of leeks as something you saute to add flavor to a dish or to be used to make stock. However, if you have never baked them (recipe above) you are sorely missing out. Their onion-like taste is mouthwatering in so many dishes.

Carrot Parsnip Ginger Lime Soup the bowl
Carrot-Parsnip Ginger Lime Soup

Carrots: While carrots are easily found year-round, they are especially hardy during root vegetable season. They are a mainstay of our stews and soups this time of year. The carrots crunchy texture and sweet aromatic taste make them the perfect side dish. And it cannot be understated how good the carrot is for our health when it comes to vision, cardiovascular health and anti-cancer benefits. Make sure to eat your carrots this season.


January Seasonal Eating Recipes

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  1. Erren 1

    I can’t pick which is my favorite, they all look amazing!

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  2. I would eat any one of these recipes in an instant! Thanks for giving me inspiration!

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  3. These recipes look so good. I love when you put together recipes by vegetable….it definitely makes it easier

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  4. You make eating by season look so delicious!

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  5. Such a great collection! Everything looks terrific!!

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  6. Sabrina 6

    I love using seasonal vegetables! I’ll definitely have to try out some of these recipes!

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  7. These all look so delicious! I especially love the carrot-parsnip soup!

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