Buying in-season produce (and meat/fish too) is really the easiest way to save some dough. When you look for recipes over the next few months (December, January, February) try to include some in-season fruits and vegetables, such as those found by clicking on the links below.
(Includes some of my favorites like artichoke, arugula, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, winter squash, and turnips)
|Pomegranate Salsa. Perfect for your next holiday gathering|
- 2 pomegranates or ~1¾ cup pomegranate seeds (arils) **
- ¼ cups 100% pomegranate juice
- Juice of 1 lime
- ¼ cup minced red onion **
- ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
- 1 medium Bartlett or Asian pear, cored and diced **
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- Score each pomegranate and place in large bowl of water. Break pomegranates open in water to free seeds. Pull and break seeds from membrane; seeds will sink to bottom of bowl. Strain, place seeds in medium mixing bowl.
- Add pomegranate juice and lime juice to seeds; toss to coat evenly. Add minced red onion, cilantro and diced pear; stir to combine. Sprinkle sugar over seed mixture; stir to combine.
- Serve with tortilla chips, fish or chicken.
NOTE: Check out last year’s blog post for more great pomegranate recipes, from some of my favorite foodie bloggers!
Another great ingredient this season is the delicious and humble kumquat.
|INSTAGRAM! The Candid RD
Have you tried one? If not, you must. I will be posting a recipe for kumquat salsa in a few weeks. Yes, I’m going to make you wait.
Instagramin’ it (The Candid RD)! Take note, this recipe was supposed to serve four people, but it made about 30 meatballs. Uhh…do the math! We had leftovers, needless to say.
Spaghetti squash was harvested back in October, but is still technically in-season through December, and will be available in your store for a very great price for the next couple months. I made this recipe with my friend (and dietitian) Janan a couple weeks ago. It was really tasty, and not too difficult. I love spaghetti squash because it’s like spaghetti, but it comes with vegetable nutrients like beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamin C. Plus, it’s lower in carbohydrates than actual pasta. That means you can make room for a glass of wine or a beer (not that we did that…..muahaha).