Winter Produce Hits Its Peak
When it comes to the seasons in which fruits and vegetables are readily available, spring and summer naturally come to mind. But many fruits and vegetables hit their peak in the cold winter months. From root vegetables to citrus fruits and everything in between, we’re sharing a few cold weather produce ideas all inspired by Aramark chefs.
Winter fruits and vegetables are nutritious and also offer vibrant colors to any plate. Take one of our favorites: Beets! Their beautiful color and strong nutritional profile (fiber, folate and vitamin C to name a few), provide the base for our crunchy Beet Slaw recipe that has apples and fresh fennel (also readily available during the fall and winter). Get chef tips on cooking beets and other root vegetables.
Here’s a fig-tastic holiday baking tip: Dried figs can be pureed and used in place of butter or margarine in dark-colored baked goods, such as brownies, chocolate cookies or cakes. Figs add moisture and sweetness and bump up the tasty treat’s nutrient profile. Not sure how much to use? Check out our blog on healthy baking swaps.
Shredded, steamed, sautéed, stir-fried, roasted, baked, or grilled—you can’t go wrong when it comes to Brussels sprouts! This versatile vegetable can be prepared in many ways, all of which will check the boxes for your side dish needs. Explore how various cooking methods can make winter produce flavors shine.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.