Eating By the Season: Winter

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The winter months are cold and dreary for most, but what you eat can brighten your mood and your taste buds. Here are five fruits and vegetables you’ll find in the produce aisle this winter that make some great salad fixings!

Pears:

  • Slice thin and toss with baby greens, toasted nuts, and blue cheese for a sweet and tangy salad
  • Poach pears in red wine for an elegant dessert on the lighter side
  • Roast pears with parsnips and cauliflower and puree into soup

Kale:

  • Make a winter pesto using these hearty and nutritious greens
  • Sauté with olive oil and garlic for a restaurant-quality side to steak or fish
  • Blend kale, apples, and celery for an energizing green smoothie

Pomegranates:

  • The ruby-red seeds provide a juicy, sweet and tart flavor to sauces, salads, dressings, and cocktails.
  • Try them in this Classic Fall Salad 

Parsnips:

  • Puree and use in place of mashed potatoes
  • Add roasted parsnips to a salad with squash or sweet potatoes and a lemon-thyme vinaigrette
  • Make a traditional chicken soup with carrots, parsnips, dill, and parsley

Oranges:

  • Combine with baby spinach, fennel, and avocado
  • Roast chicken with orange and lemon slices
  • Make your own homemade cranberry orange compote, perfect on everything from turkey and salmon to banana bread

By Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN for Fresh Express

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