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Eating Fresh in the Winter

Eating fresh foods in the winter can be challenging, but not impossible! Here are some tips to find fruits and vegetables while it’s cold outside.

Root vegetables can grow in cold weather! You’ll find winter squash, like butternut squash and acorn squash, in most farmers markets and groceries store. Sweet potatoes and white potatoes also stay fresh all winter and are a good source of Vitamin C.

Citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruit, are at their juiciest in the wintertime and can add sunshine to the dreary winter. Apples and pears are also plentiful this time of year!

Sometimes the best option in the winter is to buy frozen veggies. Look for whole frozen vegetables like broccoli florets and french green beans to keep the most flavor. Try roasting frozen veggies so they don’t get mushy!

Luckily, grocery stores carry lots of fresh produce all year long! Weekly sales and specials are a great time to stock up on your family’s favorites.

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SOS! We need dinner!

We’ve all been there: it’s 5 pm, no plans for dinner, and the family is hungry and cranky (aka hangry). We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to happen again! We have some recipes, meal ideas, and general tips for keeping yourself prepared and ready for the next SOS dinner!

Pantry chili

Pantry minestrone

Roasted tomato soup + grilled cheese sandwich

Whole grain mac & cheese with frozen peas + protein (nuggets, turkey dogs, fish sticks)

Whole grain spaghetti + Jar of sauce + frozen turkey meatballs

Cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen) + jar of sauce + frozen spinach

Frozen veggie stir fry mix + brown rice

Frozen/shelf stable pizza crust or pita bread + sauce + 2% cheese

Taco night! Ground turkey, taco shells and salsa

Rotisserie chicken + roasted sweet potatoes (or other veggie of choice)

Tuna or chicken salad sandwiches

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