Winter might mean it’s cold and the days are short but it does give us the chance to cook and eat delicious winter produce. Cooler climate loving vegies such as beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, leeks, mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin and spinach make for perfect winter-warming meals. Check out our top three meals to have on rotation this winter:
1. Moreish mac’n’cheese
2. Marvellous mushroom and spinach risotto bake
3. Comforting chicken cacciatore
More fruit and veg that are in season this winter:
The age-old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is spot on. Apples are packed full of fibre needed for a healthy gut and can contribute to good heart health. Why not try our stuffed apple snack. If it’s a cold day, pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and add a dollop of plain yoghurt with a sprinkling of cinnamon to make a delicious dessert. Or stew up any tired apples with some sultanas for a warming dessert or snack. Check out our stewed apple and sultana recipe.
1 apple = 1 serve of fruit
Avocados are rich in healthy, good fats. Did you know that avocados are the only fruit apart from olives to contain monounsaturated fats? They also contain fibre, B vitamins and potassium. Smash into guacamole, add to a to a burger or spread in a sandwich or wrap.
1/4 avocado or 50g = 1 serve of veg
Packed full of nutrients like beta carotene (vitamin A), B vitamins and some vitamin C and fibre, you can use pumpkin in so many ways. Roasted, pureed into soup or in a pasta sauce, baked into a scone, mashed into a pikelet or use leftovers in a salad.
2 pieces of pumpkin or half a cup cooked (75g) = 1 serve of veg
Capsicum comes in lots of different colours and contains beta carotene, B vitamins and fibre. Did you know that only a few strips of capsicum (25g) will provide 100% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C! It’s delicious cooked or raw. Why not try throwing capsicum into a Spanish couscous or in a yummy Mexican salsa?
1 medium sized capsicum (120g) = 1 serve of veg
Three reasons why you should eat local seasonal food
- The produce is fresher and more nutritious
- It’s more sustainable and better for the environment
- Supports the Australian farmers and our economy
Check out our winter seasonality guide: