Winter Produce Guide

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

The first day of winter is less than a week away, which means it’s time for another Produce Guide!  This winter’s guide is bigger than ever, with more than 50 seasonal, plant-based recipes to inspire you to try something new in the kitchen this season.

Eating seasonally is the best way to get the most flavor (and the best prices) out of your produce.  I create a Produce Guide like this one each season, so you have a one-stop resource for everything you need to know about this season’s best fruits and vegetables.  Plus, lots of delicious meal ideas + recipes from my favorite dietitian + plant-based bloggers.

Let’s get to it…

Beets

Nutrition:

Rich in folate and manganese.  Also a source of fiber, potassium, and copper.  Also contains betalains, phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Peak:

Year-round

Flavor:

Earthy, sweet, crisp texture.

How to Use:

Bake (350º F for 1 hour), boil (20-45 minutes), grate, pickle, raw, roast, sauté, steam (25-45 minutes).

Tip: Remember to use the greens too!

Try With:

Apples, arugula, carrots, chives, dill, garlic, ginger, lemon, mint, mustard, nuts, olive oil, onions, orange, parsley, shallots, tarragon, vinegar (balsamic, red wine), watercress.

Inspiration:

Spicy Black Bean Beet Hummus | The Grateful Grazer | www.gratefulgrazer.com

Spicy Black Bean Beet Hummus | The Grateful Grazer

Cranberry Beet Smoothie | Sara of The Organic Dietitian

Chocolate Chip Beet Bagels | Megan of Beets Not Meats

Citrus Sautéed Beet Greens | Sara of Carob Cherub

Red Velvet Cookie Butter | Rachel of Athletic Avocado

Chocolate Heartbeet Smoothie | Emma of Craving Nature

Raw Beet Salad | Omar of Lands & Flavors

The Veggie | Jessie of Faring Well

Broccoli

Nutrition:

Great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, folate, and fiber.  Been shown to improve metabolic problems associated with cancer – oxidation, inflammation, and inadequate detoxification.

Peak:

Autumn-Winter

Flavor:

Slightly bitter, cabbage, grass.

How to Use it:

Boil (3-5 minutes), puree, roast, sauté, simmer (5-6 minutes), steam, stir-fry.

Try With:

Bell peppers, chiles, garlic, lemon, olive oil, onions.

Inspiration:

Healthy Broccoli Mac & Cheese | Sam of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Roasted Broccoli & Hemp “Parmesan” | Jess of Cupcakes + Kale

Thai Style Broccoli Salad with Sweet Chili Lime Dressing | Kari of GI 365

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant0based recipes.

Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Soup | Omar of Lands & Flavors

Charred Broccoli + Tofu Stuffed Avocado with Sweet Lemon Curry Sauce | Laura of The First Mess

Brussels Sprouts

Nutrition:

Great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate.  Also provides fiber and B vitamins.  Like broccoli, associated with cancer prevention due to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying properties.

Peak:

Autumn-Winter

Flavor:

Bitter, sweet, broccoli, cabbage, nuts.

How to use it:

Boil, braise, grill, puree, roast, sauté, simmer, steam, stir-fry.

Try With:

Chestnuts, garlic, lemon, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, walnuts.

Inspiration:

15 Minute Tempeh + Brussels Sprouts Bowl. Quick vegan meal that's packed with probiotics for a healthy gut! From The Grateful Grazer.

15 Minute Tempeh + Brussels Sprout Bowl | The Grateful Grazer

Fall Kale + Brussels Sprout Salad | Katie of Healthy Bites

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes | Lindsey of Nutrition to Fit

Brussels Sprout Fried Rice | Gin of Eat Healthy Eat Happy

Ziti “Cheddar” Brussels Sprouts Bake | Richa of Vegan Richa

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Mustard and Pecans | Sara of The Organic Dietitian

Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Toasted Pistachios | Dianne of Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Brussels Sprout & Cashew Nut Fried Rice | Melanie of A Virtual Vegan

Cabbage

Nutrition:

Great source of vitamin K, vitamins C, and vitamin B6.  Also provides manganese, fiber, and potassium.  Contains glucosinolates, which have been studied for anti-cancer benefits.

Peak:

Autumn-Winter

Flavor:

Bitter, sweet, pepper, tender.

How to use it:

Bake, boil, braise, grate, pickle, raw, sauté, shred, simmer, steam (6-8 minutes), stir-fry (2-4 minutes).

Try With:

Apples, carrots, olive oil, potatoes, vinegar.

Inspiration:

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

Festive Brussels Sprout Slaw with a Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing | Erin of Beatific Beginnings

Bubble and Squeak Patties | Melanie of A Virtual Vegan

The Big Vegan Bowl | Angela of Oh She Glows

Crispy Blackened Tofu Tacos with Avocado-Lime Crema | Sarah of Making Thyme for Health

Carrots

Nutrition:

Great source of beta carotene, a form of vitamin A.  Also contains biotin, fiber, and vitamin K.  Studied for high antioxidant content and potential benefits for heart disease and cancer.

Peak:

Autumn

Flavor:

Sweet, aromatic, crisp, juicy.

How to Use:

Bake, boil, braise, grate, grill, puree, raw, roast, sauté, simmer, steam (5-10 minutes), stir-fry (5-10 minutes).

Try With:

Cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, honey, lemon, mustard, onions, oranges, parsley, potatoes, raisins.

Inspiration:

Carrot, Dates, and Mint Salad | Dixya of Food, Pleasure, and Health

Mango Turmeric Smoothie | Megan of Beets Not Meats

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

Carrot & Coriander Soup | Cassidy of Euphoric Vegan

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Maple and Dill | Cassidy of Euphoric Vegan

Easy Ginger Carrot Soup | Vanessa of Vegan Family Recipes

Cauliflower

Nutrition:

Great source of vitamin C.  Also provides vitamin K, B vitamins, and fiber.  Like broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage, cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which has been studied for anti-cancer benefits.

Peak:

Autumn-Winter

Flavor:

Sweet, butter, mustard, nuts.

How to Use:

Bake, boil, braise, mash, puree, roast (400º for 20-25 minutes), sauté, simmer, steam (5-10 minutes), stir-fry (2-5 minutes).

Try With:

Capers, chiles, cumin, curries, garlic, lemon, mustard, olive oil, olives, onions, parsley, tomatoes, vinegar.

Inspiration:

Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice | Dixya of Food, Pleasure, and Health

Rosemary Roasted Cauliflower | Jessica of Nutritioulicious

Spiced Plum Cauliflower Rice | Jessica of Nutritioulicious

Quick Roasted Cauliflower | Sam of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Spiced Coconut Cauliflower | Jessica of Two Green Peas

Tahini Spiced Cauliflower | Sara of The Organic Dietitian

Cauliflower Kale Soup | Vanessa of Vegan Family Recipes

Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup | Vanessa of Vegan Family Recipes

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Salad | Brianne of Natural Girl Modern World

Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Bowl with Herb Sauce | Richa of Vegan Richa

Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, etc.)

Nutrition:

Great source of vitamin C.  Also provides fiber.  Studied for high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients (often found in the peel/zest).

Peak:

Year-Round, especially winter

Flavor:

Sour, sweet, bitter, juicy.

How to Use:

Bake, broil, grill, juice, poach, raw

Try With:

Avocado, berries, chiles, coconut, cilantro, chocolate, dates, fennel, ginger, honey, garlic, ginger, nuts, olives.

Inspiration:

Lemon Basil Bean Dip + Sandwich Spread | This sunny navy bean dip is rich in protein and fiber. It works perfectly as an appetizer with toasted bread, crackers, and/or fresh vegetables. You can also use it as a sandwich spread or serve over a large fresh salad for a quick and simple lunch.

Lemon Basil Bean Dip + Sandwich Spread | The Grateful Grazer

Kale Super Salad | Robyn of Modern Day Missus

Brussels Sprout Winter Rolls with Grapefruit Hoisin Dipping Sauce | Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest

Parsnip

Nutrition:

Great source of copper, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate.  Also provide potassium and vitamin E.

Peak:

Autumn-Spring

Flavor:

Sweet, earthy, celery, herbs, nuts.

How to Use:

Bake, boil, braise, grate, grill, mash, puree, puree, roast, sauté, simmer (15-20 minutes), steam.

Try With:

Apples, carrots, cinnamon, curry, garlic, ginger, leeks, lemon, maple syrup, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg, olive oil, onions, oranges, parsley, pepper, potatoes, rosemary, thyme.

Inspiration:

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

Roasted Carrots + Parsnips with Cilantro Salsa | Deanna of Teaspoon of Spice

Parsnip Fries | Lauren of Nutrition Starring You

Mum’s Winter Vegetable Stew | Alix of Vegan on the Road

Pomegranate

Nutrition:

Rich source of vitamin C, folate, and vitamin E.  Has especially been studied for its potential role in prostate cancer prevention.

Peak:

Autumn-Winter

Flavor:

Sour, sweet, cranberries, juicy, crunchy.

How to Use:

Juice, raw.

Try With:

Lemon, orange, walnuts.

Inspiration:

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa Salad | Sharon of The Plant-Powered Blog

Grilled Almond Butter, Dark Chocolate, & Pomegranate Sandwich | Dana of Minimalist Baker

Roasted Carrots with Green Tahini Sauce and Pomegranate | Laura of Blogging Over Thyme

Potatoes

Nutrition:

Rich source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, and vitamin C.  Also provides manganese, phosphorous, fiber, and B vitamins.

Peak:

Year-Rounds, especially summer-winter.

Flavor:

Neutral, earthy, starchy.

How to Use:

Bake (whole, 400º for 50-60 minutes), boil, grill, mash, puree, roast (quartered, 400º for  20-40 minutes), sauté, steam.

Try With:

Celery root, chives, garlic, leeks, mushrooms, olive oil, onions, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme.

Inspiration:

Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup | Melissa of Vegan Huggs

Vegan Hasselback Potatoes | Dianne of Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Vegan Bombay Potatoes and Peas | Richa of Vegan Richa

Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

Spicy Lebanese-Style Potatoes (Batata Harra) | Omar of Lands & Flavors

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Winter Produce Guide from The Grateful Grazer. 50+ seasonal, plant-based recipes.

You may also be interested in my other seasonal produce guides:

Spring

Summer

Autumn

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